The Art Museum of West Virginia University and The Friends of the Museum are announcing the next “Art Up Close!” event of the fall semester, focusing on individual works of art from the museum collection. The Oct. 8 presentation will feature American artist John Sloan’s 1912 print titled “Anshutz on Anatomy.”

The lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be presented by Bernie Schultz, former dean of WVU’s College of Creative Arts and currently director of education and external affairs for the Art Museum and professor of Art History in the School of Art & Design.

The print depicts Sloan’s teacher, Thomas Anshutz, demonstrating artistic anatomy to students. John Sloan was a member of the Ashcan School, a group of artists who sought to portray the vitality of life in early 20th century America.

Schultz’s research activity centers around the relationships between art and medical history. His book, “Art and Anatomy in Renaissance Italy,” published by UMI Research Press in 1985, was among the first publications to advance interdisciplinary research between these fields of study. Schultz’s publications and professional presentations have had a continuing impact in art history and medical humanities. His work has influenced such notable scholars as Frederick Hartt, David Wilkins, Martin Kemp and David Summers.

Schultz’s presentation will discuss John Sloan’s place in early 20th century American art, and will answer the questions of how and why training in human anatomy became a standard part of education for artists.

The “Art Up Close!” presentations are held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Museum Education Center (formerly the Erickson Alumni Center) adjacent to the WVU Creative Arts Center. All the events are free and open to the public.

Each “Art Up Close!” presentation features an original work of art and commentary by WVU faculty, followed by a question and answer session and light refreshments.

This series of lectures is designed to give an in-depth look at a single work of art selected from the WVU Art Collection. Audience members will have the opportunity to view the actual work of art.

For more information, contact the Art Museum of WVU at (304) 293-2141 or see the website at:



CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts

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