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Art in the Libraries to host Art of the Mask virtual event

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
February 10th, 2021
collage of people wearing masks

Masks are the new symbol of our time. WVU’s Art in the Libraries Program will host a free virtual event titled “The Art of the Mask: A Community Discussion and Show-and-Tell” Monday, Feb. 15, from noon-1 p.m.

The Zoom gathering, in conjunction with the Art in the Libraries’ online exhibit, The Art of the Mask, will feature an informal sharing of masks and discussion by Suzanne Gosden-Kitchen, assistant chair and teaching associate professor in the Department of Management, John Chambers College of Business and Economics, and Matthew Tolliver, an adjunct faculty member at WVU and a certified professional school counselor, Monongalia County Schools. Their mask creations are part of the digital Art of the Mask exhibit.

Additional guests will include Kaitlyn Cline, MSHRM candidate and mask-maker; Allison Barker, entrepreneur, WVU alumni, BSBA – Management (2017) and mask-maker; and Kristi Wood-Turner, director for the WVU Center for Service and Learning and WVU Maskot.

Register here to watch or join in the discussion.

Guests are welcome to bring/wear your favorite mask to share during the virtual community discussion. Inclusion in recording is optional and permission will be requested.

The program will also open up public sharing of their own treasured or favorite masks, or other discussion around the significance of this object to our times, communities and health. The program, as other Art in the Libraries Virtual Programs, will be recorded and available on the Art in the Libraries Youtube channel after the event.

After the program, folks are welcome to share photos of their masks for continued inclusion on the online gallery by contacting WVU Libraries’ Exhibits Coordinator Sally Brown,

Sign language interpreting and captioning services are available by request for participants who are deaf or hard of hearing. To request an interpreter or captioner, contact at least three business days prior to the event.

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