Erika Osborne at the Birke Art Gallery

Erika Osborne, Ghost of Bear Springs Timber Sale I, graphite rubbing on paper

Huntington, WV—Marshall University’s College of Fine Arts will display artwork by Erika Osborne in the Birke Art Gallery. The exhibit, Symbiosis, will be displayed from September 14, 2009 – October 8, 2009.

Osborne’s artwork deals directly with cultural connections to place and environment. She has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, locally, nationally and internationally. Her work has been highlighted in regional publications along with national art magazines such as Art Papers, Sculpture Magazine and Southwest Art Magazine.

Osborne received her BFA from the University of Utah in painting and drawing and her MFA from the University of New Mexico. As well as being a practicing artist, Osborne has dedicated herself to university level art education. Before accepting a position in the Division of Art and Design at West Virginia University in 2008, she taught environmentally based field courses at the University of New Mexico. Osborne has developed two similarly driven courses at West Virginia University titled, Art and Environment and Place: Appalachia, which she teaches in addition to painting and drawing.

The show opens with a reception in the Birke Art Gallery on Monday evening, September 14, 2009 from 5-8 pm. Osborne will give a lecture concerning her work at 7 pm.

The Birke Art Gallery is located on the first floor of Smith Hall, which is situated on the corner of Hal Greer Boulevard and Third Avenue in Huntington, WV.

Birke Art Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10-4 pm, and Monday evenings 6-8 pm. For more information contact Jaye Ike, Special Projects Coordinator for COFA, 304-696-3296 or

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