Local Artists On Display

Two Wheeling artists have been selected to participate in a current exhibition at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa.

Cheryl Ryan Harshman and Robert Villamagna are among the featured artists whose works are displayed in the 2012 Westmoreland Juried Biennial. The show continues at the museum through Sunday, July 22.

One of Villamagna’s assemblages also is shown on the cover of the art museum’s summer publication.

The juried exhibition features the work of 101 artists within a 150-mile radius of Greensburg. Officials stated that the Westmoreland Museum of American Art “has a strong commitment to regional artists, both in the context of history and in our own time.”

The juror for the 2012 Biennial was Kerry Oliver-Smith, curator of contemporary art at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, located on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville.

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Meanwhile, artist Joseph Hughes, who grew up in Moundsville, has work featured in a new exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Fla.

Some of Hughes’ abstract paintings are included in “ReFocus: Art of the 1970s.” The exhibition continues at the art museum through Sunday, Aug. 26.

Hughes resides in San Francisco, where he has been part of the contemporary art movement for decades.

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The “public face” of the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation for decades has died.

Leaders of area organizations that have benefitted from the Benedum Foundation’s philanthropy over the years were saddened to learn of the passing of Paul R. Jenkins, who died in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, May 16, at the age of 80. Funeral services for Jenkins, a resident of Fox Chapel, Pa., were conducted in Pittsburgh Saturday, May 19.

Officials stated that, as the chief executive for nearly three decades of the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, “Jenkins played a very significant role in shaping the economic revitalization and cultural enrichment of West Virginia and greater Pittsburgh.”

Jenkins’ association with the Benedum Foundation began in 1959 when, upon the death of Michael L. Benedum, it became a substantial grant-making institution. In 1970, he was appointed as the foundation’s full-time chief executive.

Linda Comins can be reached via e-mail at: Comins@news-register.net