The WV Music HoF’s hanging exhibit “The Art of WV Music,” now includes nearly 100 items ranging from an Edison cylinder of one of Maceo Pinkard’s compositions and George Crumb manuscripts to Sen. Byrd’s prized fiddle and Red Sovine’s 1948 Gibson J200 and “Nudie” suit. Musicians as diverse as psychobilly pioneer Hasil Adkins, old time banjo master Aunt Jennie Wilson, and opera singer Eleanor Steber are represented with stage clothes, LPs, 78s, posters, photographs and paintings.

The exhibit has been installed in Charleston, Parkersburg, Lewisburg and at the Augusta Heritage Festival in Elkins. The exhibit is currently at the Landes Arts Center in Petersburg. Next, it will travel to Berkeley Springs for a February 13 opening, to the Wheeling Artisan Center for a March 26 opening, and to the new Chuck Mathena Center in Princeton in May. In the summer, it will be installed at the Masuras Gallery at the Creative Arts Center in Morgantown.

At each opening, the HoF provides staff or scholars to meet the public and discuss the collection as well as the HoF’s various projects.

“The Art of WV Music” was created with funds and support from the West Virginia Humanities Council. If you are interested in contributing items to the HoF’s collection, please contact us at 304/342-4412 or email mlipton@gmail.com.