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United Bank Sponsors the Stifel Fine Arts Center Exhibition

Photo Provided Shown at the recent check presentation are from left, Micah Underwood, Oglebay Institute development director; Tony Gentile, United Bank market president; Danielle Cross McCracken, Oglebay Institute president; Michael McKowen, Oglebay Institute curator of exhibitions and Rick Morgan, Stifel Center director.

United Bank, a subsidiary of United Bankshares Inc., the largest publicly traded company headquartered in West Virginia, donated $4,250 to Oglebay Institute in support of Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center 2019-2020 art exhibition season. As a sponsor of the Stifel Fine Arts Center, United Bank helps fund free community events and school programs, enables Oglebay Institute to retain a qualified staff and to afford the maintenance of their six local facilities.

“A community is enhanced with accessibility to the arts. We are privileged to be part of the Oglebay Institute’s efforts to showcase and support local, regional and national artists,” United Bank Market President Tony Gentile said. “At United Bank, excellence in service to our customers and communities means more than providing banking solutions. It means giving back to local organizations and strengthening our communities.”

The Stifel Fine Arts Center serves the community as a gathering place and resource center for artists of all ages and skill levels. The center presents individual, group and theme exhibitions in all artistic media and genre. A review panel of Stifel Fine Arts Center staff professionals decides which exhibit proposals will be accepted and shown. With changing exhibits throughout the year, the center provides multiple exhibiting and sales opportunities for artists.

The 2019-2020 exhibition season kicked off on July 11 with Narrative Fiber: Form, Fashion, Function, an all-woman art exhibition. The exhibit seeks to present fiber beyond its utilitarian applications – revealing how artists push the conventional thinking of how it is used. The result is a narrative that stems from fiber to art to fashion and circles back to utility along the way. The exhibit is on display through Aug. 17 and admission is free.

“We are so very grateful for United Bank’s long-standing and generous support for our exhibition season at the Stifel Fine Arts Center. Thanks to United Bank’s sponsorship, we can maintain the quality and diversity of our exhibition season that engages thousands of people throughout the Ohio Valley and beyond without passing along those expenses to our visitors. Program quality, accessibility and audience development are major priorities for Oglebay Institute. Partnerships like this make these things possible,” Oglebay Institute President Danielle Cross McCracken said.

United Bank is a subsidiary of United Bankshares, Inc. (UBSI), the largest publicly traded company headquartered in West Virginia. UBSI has assets of approximately $19.6 billion, with 139 full-service banking offices and 17 loan origination offices located throughout West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit BankWithUnited.com.

Oglebay Institute fosters appreciation, expression and discovery by engaging people of all ages and abilities through exceptional programming in performing and visual arts, dance, history and nature. Oglebay Institute venues in Wheeling include: the Stifel Fine Arts Center, Oglebay Institute’s School of Dance, Towngate Theatre, the Schrader Environmental Education Center, the Museums of Oglebay Institute. The Institute also operates Terra Alta Mountain Nature Camp in Terra Alta, West Virginia.

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