West Virginia Art History

with an emphasis on representational art



This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "West Virginia Art History." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to the articles and essays.

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Resource Library essays listed by author name in alphabetical order, followed by articles:

As of April, 2015 Resource Library contains 75 pages including the state's name, yet no articles or essays specific to the state.

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Museums and other non-profit sources of Resource Library articles and essays:

Huntington Museum of Art


Other online information:

Augustus Kollner in Western Virginia is a 2018 exhibit at the Huntington Museum of Art which says: "One artist who visited the state to paint and sketch was Augustus Kollner, a German immigrant who had settled in Philadelphia in the 1840s....Among his travels was a trip through what is now West Virginia in 1845, resulting in many drawings and watercolors that feature the area's natural attractions."  Accessed 6/18

Artists from West Virginia in Wikipedia. Accessed August, 2015.

Allied Artists of West Virginia website. Accessed August, 2015.

For the Joy of Light: The Paintings of Robert Singleton is a 2017 exhibit at the Huntington Museum of Art which says: " For nearly 40 years, Singleton, a "West Virginian by choice" has sought privacy and uninterrupted time to work and be introspective, and the space to breathe freely and search for life's answers in this remote location." Also see artist's website  Accessed 9/17


TFAO's Distinguished Artists catalogue provides online access to biographical information for artists associated with this state. Also, Search Resource Library for online articles and essays concerning both individual artists associated with this state's history and the history of art centers and museums in this state. Resource Library articles and essays devoted to individual artists and institutions are not listed on this page.


Books, listed by year of publication, with most recently published book listed first:

Early Art and Artists in West Virginia: An Introduction and Biographical Directory, By John A. Cuthbert. Published by West Virginia University Press, 2000. ISBN 093705853X, 9780937058534. 301 pages. Review by WVU Magazine.

West Virginia Quilts and Quiltmakers: Echoes from the Hills, by Valentine, Fawn. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2000. 282 pp.



Bartlett, Larry. 1998 "Rural Murals: New Deal Art in West Virginia" [sidebar lists 16 Post Office Art sites]. Goldenseal: West Virginia Traditional Life 24 (Fall): 36-41.

Six, Dean. 2003. "Stained Glass in West Virginia: A Brief History" [early 1900s]. Goldenseal: West Virginia Traditional Life 29 (Spring): 15.


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