Gropius Master Artist
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Huntington Museum of Art will welcome Tanja Softic as the next Walter Gropius Master Artist. An exhibit of Softic's work will run through April 29.
A Muslim of Bosnian heritage, Softic grew up in Sarajevo, where she received an undergraduate diploma in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Sarajevo in 1988. While completing graduate studies in printmaking at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., the Bosnian War erupted and she was unable to return home.
Softic's works on paper explore the nature of memory, cultural identity and national belonging experienced through the hybrid worldview of an immigrant. Softic is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Grant, National Endowment for the Arts/Southern Arts Federation Visual Artist Fellowship and the Open Society Foundations Exhibition Support Grant. Her work is included in numerous collections, among them New York Public Library, Library of Congress Print Department and New South Wales Gallery of Art in Sydney, Australia. She won a first prize at the fifth Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints, Ino-cho Paper Museum, Kochi, Japan, in 2002. She is professor of art and chairman of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Richmond.
Huntington Museum of Art, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 2033 McCoy Road, Huntington; 304-529-2701 or www.hmoa.org. Admission $5 per person or $18 for a family of four or more. Admission is free on Tuesdays and to museum members.
Ohio gallery exhibits
NELSONVILLE, Ohio -- Majestic Galleries is hosting two shows through April 22.
Ed Shrider's "California Color -- 1981-2001 Photographs" and "Riverside Artists Gallery of Marietta Visiting Show" can be seen at the cooperative community of artists located on the historic public square in Nelsonville.
Upcoming events at the gallery include:
April 27-May 20: Ohio University School of Art MFA thesis show
May 11-20: Andrew McPherson and Angela Smith
May 25-June 24: Crystal Brown and Robert Howsare
June 29-July 22: Majestic Galleries' 2012 National Juried Competition and Show
Majestic Galleries, 20 Public Square, Nelsonville, OH, 45764; majesticgaller...@gmail.com. Open 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday with openings every last Friday of the month.
Whistle stops in W.Va.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Retired newspaperman Bob Withers of Huntington will present "Presidential Whistle Stops in West Virginia" at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.
In 1996, Withers was aboard the train that President Bill Clinton rode from Huntington to Indiana during his whistle-stop trip to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. As a young boy, Withers watched as presidential candidate Dwight Eisenhower passed through Huntington by train in 1952. These are just two of the many memories Withers will share.
Withers retired from the Huntington Herald-Dispatch in 2007 after a 38-year career as a reporter and copy editor. He has written and edited several books, dozens of freelance magazine articles, and hundreds of newspaper articles about railroads, steamboats and historical subjects.
A charter member of the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society, Withers co-chaired the chapter's 50th anniversary celebration in 2009 and compiled its 50-year history. In 2011, Withers received a History Hero award from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.