West Virginia University at Parkersburg Foundation honors students Linda Short and Brandon Fleak with the 2016 Visual Art Award. The awards were presented at the WVU at Parkersburg Foundation board meeting on Tuesday, August 16. Both students received an engraved memento and a gift of $500. In addition, each piece will be a part of the college’s Permanent Collection.
Linda’s mixed media piece is titled “Shell Game.” She attributes her style to the art classes at WVU Parkersburg. Linda is enrolled in more art classes during the fall semester and also teaches at Wood County Christian School in Williamstown, WV. “I appreciate all the encouragement I get from Professor [Beth] Cox,” said Linda. Beth Cox is WVU Parkersburg’s Professor of Art.
Brandon Fleak’s mixed media piece is titled “Lichtenberg’s Sunrise.” Instead of being on canvas, Brandon used a piece of wood for his work. He used a technique inspired by German physicist Georg Christoph Lichtenberg by re-wiring a microwave transformer and using it to create unique patterns on the wood. He then painted with a pallet knife instead of a paint brush. He plans to incorporate this method into future paintings as well as discovering other new methods. Brandon is enrolled in art classes this fall semester and is pursuing his Regents Bachelors of Arts degree.
“It is a pleasure to recognize these students and their talents,” stated David Roberts, President of the WVU at Parkersburg Foundation board of directors. “These works of creation from Linda and Brandon are a testament to the quality art programs at WVU Parkersburg.”
The West Virginia University at Parkersburg Foundation is an independent, non-profit corporation that receives, invests and administers private support for West Virginia University at Parkersburg. Incorporated in 1971, the Foundation is guided by a Board of Directors that has dedicated itself to generating resources for scholarships, academic programs, and capital improvements for students, faculty and the community.
For more information contact Senta Goudy, Executive Director, WVU at Parkersburg Foundation, 304-424-8340.