The Esther Allen Greer Museum has been invaluable to the fine arts department for a number of reasons. The University is geographically positioned in an area that does not provide access to galleries or museums. By providing a venue for regional and national artists, the students have the opportunity to see the work of artists working in a variety of media from a diverse cross-section of our culture. Every year the graduating art majors have the opportunity to display the work they have created over their four years at Rio Grande. This is an important capstone to their experience at Rio Grande. Their final reception is a wonderful time for family, friends and fellow colleagues to celebrate their achievements. The last exhibit of the academic year has always been reserved for the annual student show. Art professors from regional colleges and universities jury this exhibit. The art department considers the opinions of outside jurors to be a valuable component of our AQIP assessment program.
The Esther Allen Greer Museum serves an important role for all students attending the University of Rio Grande. In this somewhat isolated geographical setting, the gallery at The Greer Museum offers a venue where students from all disciplines on campus can view the works of regional and national artists. The LA 101 instructors send their students to the gallery to write essays on the work exhibited. The gallery has also hosted receptions for a variety of functions on campus.
Not only does the Esther Allen Greer Museum serve the art department and the University at large, but has also become a cultural fixture in the four county area that The University or Rio Grande serves. Along with its commitment to present works of the best regional and national artists, the gallery has proudly displayed the work of artists from the community. Every year, during the month of May, the gallery displays the work of our local senior citizens. The “Area Agency on Aging” produces this exhibit every year and this show has become very important event on their social calendar.
Esther Allen Greer Museum houses a permanent exhibit of the collection from the Brooks Jones Estate. This exhibit is on the second floor gallery of the Greer Museum. This collection includes works by such historical artists as Francisco Goya and Pierre-Auguste Renoir and more contemporaries such as Jasper Johns. Brooks was one of the most active benefactors to the University of Rio Grande over the past twenty-five years.
Greer Museum Schedule 2012-2013
September 4 - September 28, "Attention to Detail: Six West Virginia Photographers"
October 3 - October 31, "Ceramic Work by Kathleen Kneafsey and Mike Bowen"
November 7 - December 4, "Faculty Exhibit: Works by James Allen, Kevin Lyles and Benjy Davies"
January 17 - February 8, "Karla Hackenmiller: Liminal Investigations", Prints by Karla Hackenmiller
Karla Hackenmiller will conduct a printmaking workshop on February 5th from 9:30-1:30 with a reception in the Greer Gallery at 5 pm. Everyone is invited to the workshop and the reception.
February 12 - February 28, "High School Juried Invitational Exhibit". On the 28th from 5 to 7pm there will be a closing reception and awards presentation.
March 5 - March 15, Senior Exhibit featuring the work of Jennifer Blake, Ryan Griffith and Kayla Malone
The reception for this exhibit will be Tuesday, March 5 from 5 to 7pm.
March 26 - April 4, Senior Exhibit featuring the work of Jessica Preston, Elizabeth Hamilton and Erin Roach
April 8 - April 14, Senior Exhibit featuring the work of Markia Wright and Ashton Saunders
April 18 - April 24, Visiting artist Kelly O'Brien will exhibit an installation of her work.
April 30 - May 11, The Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit. The reception and awards presentation for this exhibit will be Tuesday, April 30 from 7 to 9pm.