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Upcoming Exhibitions

Upcoming Exhibitions

Solo Exhibition: The History of Rust in America by Robert Villamagna

September 30 - November 5, 2017

Tamarack’s David L. Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery is mounting its first ever solo exhibition, titled The History of Rust in America and features the art work of Robert Villamagna.  The exhibition will run September 30 through November 5, 2017. The opening ceremony is Saturday, September 30, 2017, 5-7pm. Robert will attend the opening reception and make a special presentation on Sunday, October 1st.

About the Artist:

Artist Robert Villamagna works in repurposed lithographed metal, assemblage, and mixed-media.  Villamagna’s work has been exhibited at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Mattress Factory, Senator John Heinz History Center, ARC Gallery (Chicago), Penn State’s Robeson Gallery, Pittsburgh Center of the Arts, Society of Arts & Crafts (Boston), Erie Museum of Art, the Ohio Craft Museum, Huntington Museum of Art, The Clay Center, and the West Virginia Culture Center. Five of Villamagna’s works are in the State of West Virginia Permanent Collection. In 2016, Villamagna was named West Virginia Artist of the Year. Villamagna is an Assistant Professor of Art at West Liberty University, and director of the University’s Nutting Gallery.

Lore and Legend: Enduring Tales Told through Art

November 11- January 7, 2017

Through their constant retelling, myths, fairy tales, and folk stories have found a permanent place in every home. Regardless of who we are or where we’re from, we have all encountered a special tale in one form or another. Perhaps a favorite fable found its way to you through your grandparents who in turn, took it from theirs. Or, maybe there is an ancient legend or fairy tale that was the subject of your favorite book. Some folktales even evade an explanation of origin; it just seems like they were always there, evolving from one generation to the next without ever losing their voice. These stories simply have a tendency to burrow onward through time, offering people across the globe ways in which to interpret the mysterious heritage of our regions as well as our predecessors.

Lore and Legend: Enduring Tales Told through Art is an exhibition that means to honor the expression and perpetuity of folktales, legends, myths, and fairy tales by capturing them in visual art. For this special exhibition, we invite Tamarack artists working in all media to capture their own renditions of their favorite tales. Submissions can range from highly representational to abstracted interpretations. Each entry must be accompanied by a write-up explaining the corresponding tale that inspired its creation. Selected works will be exhibited alongside an extended label that explains the piece’s origin, offering Tamarack viewers the chance to experience these enduring stories through your creative interpretation.

Dates and Deadlines

  • Image Submission Deadline: October 2, 2017
  • Decision Notifications (sent via e-mail): October 5-6, 2017
  • Drop Off Deadline for Accepted Work: November 5, 2017
  • Exhibition Run: November 11 - January 7, 2018
  • Work Pick Up Deadline: January 9, 2018

2018 Gallery Exhibiton Schedule and Submissions

Puppy Love

January 13 - February 25, 2018
Image Submission Deadline: December 4, 2017

"The dog is the perfect portrait subject. He doesn't pose. He isn't aware of the camera." - Patrick Demarchelier

Starting in the dog days of winter 2018, Tamarack's Fine Art Gallery will host Puppy Love, an art exhibition celebrating of our furry, four legged friends.

The cohabitation of dogs and humans greatly improved the chances of survival for early human groups, and the domestication of dogs is one of the key forces that led to human success.  Dogs have been depicted in numerous forms of art for thousands of years. They symbolize many things including guidance, protection, loyalty, fidelity, faithfulness, and love. We look forward to seeing how your imagination interprets this theme.

Tamarack is seeking two and three dimensional artwork in any media, prompted by the theme of Canis lupus familiaris, including canines, dogs, mutts, pups, puppies, pooches, man's best friend, old dogs learning new tricks. We are seeking a diverse range of styles and genres for this exhibition.  

Year One Fifty Five

March 3 - April 1, 2018
Image Submission Deadline: January 22, 2018

This exhibition theme aims to artistically examine and discuss what it truly means to be a mountaineer. Visual Artists regularly capture a historical record with their work. The Arts are arguably the best lens by which we examine the events, mores and practices of a culture. Year One Fifty Five is an exhibition that will visually tell our state's story, 1863 and all 155 years after, from the perspective of West Virginia's contemporary visual artists. Our goal for this exhibition is a diverse "timeline" of original artworks portraying our state's triumphs, tragedies and trademarks.

We are seeking original two and three dimensional artwork, in all media, that examines and illustrates our state throughout periods of its history, starting at our origin through contemporary life, and everything in between. Artists may submit one piece for consideration. We encourage you to create something new for this exhibition, using your unique voice.  

Music in the Mountains

April 7 - June 10, 2018
Image Submission Deadline: March 5, 2018

We've been making music in the mountains for as long as we've called them home. Tamarack's David L. Dickirson Fine Art Gallery is seeking original two and three dimensional artwork following the tune of Music in the Mountains. This exhibition theme intends to celebrate music. All artwork prompted by the theme are welcome. Examples for entry include depictions of musicians or instruments, allusions to songs and lyrics, or handmade instruments, etc.

The Best of West Virginia Open Juried Exhibition

June 16 - August 5, 2018
Image Submission Deadline: April 23, 2018

TAMARACK: The Best of West Virginia celebrates West Virginia artists by showcasing their creativity and talent in this special juried competition.  This show, which opens West Virginia Day weekend, is the only exhibition hosted by the David L. Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery that can be entered by any artist or artisan who is a West Virginia resident. Participants compete for four monetary awards, totaling $4000:  $2,000 first place, $1,000 Second Place, $500 Third Place, $500 People's Choice.

Good Enough to Eat*
     *Please don't eat the art

August 11 - September 23, 2018
Image Submission Deadline: July 2, 2018

"Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are." - Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

A traditional still life of fruits and veggies, abstract interpretations of "food porn," a classic teacup and saucer combo, conceptual social commentary of the food industry, an unexpected serving platter; everything food related is on the menu for this exhibition.  Good Enough to Eat* ..., is an exhibition of fine art and craft celebrating food. Tamarack's David L. Dickirson Fine Art Gallery is seeking a vast breadth of two and three dimensional artwork, decorative and functional, in any media that corresponds with the theme of food.
May Your Days Be Bright: A Celebration of Light in Art

November 11, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Image Submission Deadline: October 1, 2018

The holiday season is inherently merry. Celebrating light, this exhibition will illuminate Tamarack's brightest. For this eight week exhibition, Tamarack's Fine Art Gallery is seeking two and three dimensional artwork, in any media, prompted by the theme of  light. Realism and abstraction depictions in paint, ink and pencil, photography, Edison bulbs, neon, lamps, chandeliers, candelabras, and all work prompted by the theme is  welcome

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