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WVU’s Land of Artistic Opportunity

Written by: Hannah Morgan | WVUGo Media - Copywriter/Editor

Paint Brushes
Photography by: Mel Poole

Looking for a place for artistic expression? Check out the WVU Craft Center!

There are tons of talented artists here at WVU. Whether it’s just a fun hobby to destress, or taken more seriously, everyone is entitled to express themselves with art. And honestly, if you can scribble on a paper, throw paint at something, or express yourself in any medium, you’re an artist.

Living in a dorm or an apartment, it can be difficult to have the room or area to be as creative as your mind wants. Personally, I enjoyed reading alone when I lived in the dorms, so thankfully I could walk into the study room and decompress. However, it isn’t as easy to walk into a room and create artwork.

Pottery Photography by: Andy Kelly

But, there is an option for all those creative people. (And it’s free!)

The WVU Craft Center located in room G-64 in Braxton Tower on Evansdale is open to all students, faculty and staff to use. While no lessons are currently being held, as long as the artist has their own supplies they can create pottery, paint, beadwork, create stained glass, tie-dye and even sew. Because of the times we are currently in, there are limited spaces, but the craft center is now open every weekday, leaving plenty of opportunities to create! All one has to do is register on WVUGo app. Check out the calendar here.

Sewing Photography by: Tata Toto

In this stressful time, it’s even more important to find peace within creativity and art. Studies show that art reduces stress-related hormones in the body, which shouldn’t be surprising if you’ve ever experienced the mental health benefits of expressing yourself through art.

So, take care of yourself, check out the WVU Craft Center and create the art that makes you feel happy!

For questions, contact Craft Center manager Dave Buchanan (304) 293-3614 or david.buchanan@mail.wvu.edu.


About the Author

Hannah Grace Morgan
Hannah Grace Morgan is a part of the Writing/Editing Team for WVUGo. She is a senior studying journalism and political science. Hannah is from Oceana, West Virginia where the closest stoplight is about an hour drive away. Hannah has written for the Daily Athenaeum, WV News, the Register-Herald and now for WVUGo.