Art exhibits set to open this month in Huntington

Marshall University’s School of Art and Design presents two new art exhibitions this month at its galleries in Huntington. Its 11th Annual National Juried Exhibition from Tuesday, January 18 through Friday, February 11, at the Charles W. and Norma C. Carroll Gallery inside the Visual Arts Center, 927 3rd Ave. in downtown Huntington. Rebel will be on view Monday, January 24 through Friday, February 25 at the Birke Art Gallery in Smith Hall on the Marshall campus.

The 11th Annual National Juried Exhibition brings together works by artists from more than a dozen states, including a handful from West Virginia and even a few Marshall students. Visitors will see 25 works of art, including painting, sculpture, drawing, traditional and experimental photography, video and ceramics.

The juror for this year’s exhibition is Dr. Sarah Magnatta, an art historian and educator based in Denver, Colorado. His area of ​​expertise is global contemporary art.

“The notion of ‘Capturing the Present’ emerged as a unifying framework,” Magnatta said. “The artists included in this exhibition, through a wide range of mediums and methods, have brought to light diverse notions of time.”

The Charles W. and Norma C. Carroll Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. The public is invited to a reception for the 11th Annual Juried National Exhibition from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 20. Winners will be announced in a short program at 5 p.m. The event will also be streamed live on Instagram @marshalluartanddesign.

Meanwhile, at the Birke Art Gallery, Rebel will be visible from January 24 to February 25. Rebel is a solo exhibition of character designs by artist Linsdey Guile. Guile describes herself as a body and fat liberation artist exploring concepts of self-image through the lens of contemporary feminist theory.

Guile’s “sensitive, larger-than-life drawings adorn the walls of the gallery, commanding the space and literally embodying resistance,” said Jamie Platt, director of galleries at the School of Art and Design. The subjects of Guile’s drawings, all women, many of whom are nude, are not merely models but collaborators, contributing form and content to the work.

“Their bodies are presented not as objects, but for their humanity. Unapologetic and resilient, Lindsey Guile is determined to normalize every shape our bodies take,” Platt said. “Rebel is a wonderful sight. It gives me shivers. Lindsey draws you in with her immense talent, and then when you realize what you’re seeing, all those important questions come up. Visitors should be prepared to examine their own feelings.

The public is invited to attend a reception to Rebel from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 10. Guile will be on hand to give a talk about his work. A word of warning to parents of young children: this show contains nudity. For gallery hours, call 304-696-4312 or visit the website,

Due to the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, visitors to both exhibitions will be required to wear masks regardless of their vaccination status. All events are subject to change. For up-to-date information, please call 304-696-7299 or visit

William E. Bennett