Stifel Fine Arts Center

Stifel Fine Arts Center

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life” – Pablo Picasso

Housed in the historic Edemar Mansion, the Stifel Fine Arts Center is a treasure trove for artistic expression and personal fulfillment.  A public arts center with galleries, classrooms and performance space, the Stifel Center serves as a gathering place for artists, emerging artists, art lovers, students, educators and families – connecting and engaging the community in creative pursuits.

Core Programs:

Public Classes, Workshops and Camps

Our art classes, workshops and summer camps introduce the many ways to explore visual expression as well as the knowledge and tools with which to do so. Topics range from painting and pottery to contemporary media like digital photography to traditional crafts like woodworking and stained glass. Our classes provide the flexibility to build skills session after session, supportive learning environments and individualized attention.

Programs are available for all age levels – preschoolers, elementary students, teens, adults and seniors. Our youth classes and summer camps nurture the natural talents of kids and provide a venue outside of a school classroom to develop artistic expression and creative thinking. Our adult classes provide opportunities to try a new hobby, explore new interests or engage in an artistic passion. Advanced courses allow seasoned artists the opportunity to further their skills and reach their artistic goals.

Arts and Entertainment 

The Stifel Fine Arts Center features changing art exhibitions in its Hart Galleries and is home to dozens of arts and entertainment events each year. The elegant setting is ideal for date nights, family entertainment and evenings out with friends.

  • Jazz at the Stifel brings some of the region’s top jazz artists to Wheeling on select Saturdays throughout the year.
  • Changing Art Exhibitions occupy the first and second floors of the Stifel Center and feature the work of local, regional and national artists.  Exhibits are free and open to the public to tour.  In November and December, the Stifel Center is transformed into a marketplace during the popular Holiday Art Show and Sale. Shoppers can browse and buy one-of-a-kind gifts handcrafted by regional artisans.
  • The Art of Wine series features wine and food pairings, music and wine experts, sharing tips on selecting and serving wines. Events take place in the elegant living room of Edemar Mansion and outdoors in the beautiful gardens.
  • Art and Ale events feature expertly crafted beers and scrumptious snacks. Guests discover new flavors and learn about the increasingly popular craft beer industry.
  • Mountain Moon Coffeehouse is a popular bluegrass music series that provides a toe-tappin’ good time with old-time music appealing to all ages.

School Programs/Educational Outreach

Our art educators teach students to understand and apply principles of design, communicate expressive ideas and explore how history and culture influence art.

Our programs provide sensory experiences that:

  • Build and strengthen critical thinking, empathy and judgment
  • Teach divergent thinking (that problems can have more than one solution)
  • Celebrate multiple perspectives
  • Help children learn to express what cannot be said

Field trips and in-school programs are available for preschool through high school and are adjusted based on grade/experience level, ensuring an appropriate and challenging learning experience for students. Programs supplement classroom teaching, meet content standards and objectives and build 21st century learning skills.

Many programs are already designed and can be quickly implemented into the school curriculum such as the 4th Grade Art Experience, Connecting Art, History and Science through Raku and the High School Art Prep Program. Programs can also be customized based on the classroom teacher’s objectives and specific lesson plans. Residencies are also available in which our trained art educators are placed in schools to work with students over an extended period of time.

Stifel Artist Residency Program

Oglebay Institute is seeking established and up-and-coming artists to inspire, collaborate, and share their talents with our local schools and community. The Stifel Fine Arts Center Artist Residency program will partner with interested artists to build a body of work, and conduct school and community outreach programs while gaining critical skills for their future careers, or by adding to their existing portfolios. Using an innovative residency model, our goal is to expand the impact of resident artists’ skill sets while encompassing the larger community. This program will afford artists opportunities to showcase their skills in our arts center while simultaneously teaching and composing materials for an exhibition environment.

Each residency is 12 weeks. Three terms are available: Feb 1–April 30, 2024; March 1–May 31, 2024; and April 1–June 29, 2024. Artists are needed for each term; and may only apply for one term. First residency deadline is 1/14/24, second residency deadline is 2/9/24 and third residency deadline is 3/8/24. This residency program is supported by funding from the EQT Foundation and the Elizabeth Stifel Kline Foundation.

*The terms are approximate and may be adjusted slightly to accommodate developing schedules. Preference given to artists working in ceramics, jewelry, stained glass, and printmaking.


  • To amplify community engagement in the arts through artist residencies.
  • To provide opportunities for early-career artists to participate in professional development in many facets of their artistic practice.
  • To elevate and expand Oglebay Institute’s arts education offerings for children and adults alike.
  • To bring artists from outside the Wheeling area to our community to experience our established arts opportunities and to contribute to the expansion of those opportunities.
  • To increase the visibility of our community’s arts sector on the national stage

Click here to learn more and apply to Stifel Artist Residency Program

The Stifel Fine Arts Center accommodates the mobility impaired.

Wheelchair Accessible