Stifel Fine Arts Center Hosts Earth & Fire, National Exhibition
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Earth & Fire 2024: A National Ceramic Art Exhibition

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Earth & Fire 2024 is a national juried exhibition featuring a collection of pieces created from earth and fired for lasting form and beauty.

The show offers $7,000 total in cash prizes, including a top prize of $4,000.

In addition to viewing the exhibition, guests can shop the Pop Up Mug Shop for one-of-a-kind ceramic mugs created by featured artists.

Admission is free.

The exhibition is on display February 23—March 29, 2024. Regular gallery hours are 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday and 10am-4pm, Saturday. Evening hours dependent on classes and special events. Admission is free.

Earth & Fire is as a part of Ceramics Take Over Wheeling—a citywide event that celebrates ceramic artists and clay enthusiasts alike. Various galleries in the “Friendly City” will showcase ceramic art during the months of February and March 2024. Click here to learn more.

Sponsored by United Bank.

Opening Reception

Join us at 6:30pm Friday, February 23, 2024 for the opening reception of Earth & Fire 2024. Explore the exhibition, discover who the winning artists are, enjoy refreshments, and shop the Pop Up Mug Shop for one-of-a-kind ceramic mugs created by featured artists.

Admission is free for the opening reception.

Register online or call 304-242-7700 to attend the opening reception. RSVPs are appreciated, but not required. All are welcome.

Special Workshops

Handbuilding Interactive Flower Sculpture Workshop with Shoji Satake

Spend the day creating unique clay flower sculptures in this interactive hands-on workshop. Shoji will demonstrate and the participants will engage in the art of clay flower making, which traces its roots in Asia for more than 2000 years. No experience is necessary, only a willingness to learn and get our hands muddy with clay.

10am—3pm, February 24; Stifel Fine Arts Center

Register online

Ceramic Workshop with Ken McCollum

Ken McCollum (1st Place winner of Earth and Fire Exhibition 2023) will demonstrate how he makes his wall clocks or wall hanging platters in this two-day workshop. On the first day, you will create your own plaster mold. On the second day, you will finish and decorate your platter by learning the carving and dot technique.

10am—4pm, March 9 & 10; Stifel Fine Arts Center

Register online

Special Events

Raku Firing

Join us and watch as Rick Morgan conducts a raku firing on the grounds of the Stifel Fine Arts Center.

The Raku technique involves taking glazed ceramics from the kiln while they are still glowing red hot and placing them in a material that would be able to catch fire, such as sawdust or newspaper. This technique is used to starve the piece of oxygen, which creates a myriad of colors within the glaze.


12–5pm, February 28; Stifel Fine Arts Center.

Register online or call 304-242-7700. RSVPs are appreciated, but not required.

Shoji Satake’s Cornucopia Exhibit Opening Reception

This year’s juror’s three-dimensional ceramic sculptures reminiscent of Asian ink-wash landscape paintings will be on display at The Gallery at Towngate from March 1–May 19. Join us for the opening reception.

6—8pm, March 1; The Gallery at Towngate

Register online or call 304-242-7700. RSVPs are appreciated, but not required.

Stifel Center Art Exhibition Season

A vibrant public space accessible to everyone, the Stifel Fine Arts Center showcases the work of established and emerging artists. Year-round, changing exhibits encourage enjoyment and appreciation of visual art through direct engagement with original works in traditional and non-traditional mediums.

Exhibits provide a platform for critical thinking, stimulate learning about art and the creative process and challenge viewers to expand the definition of art and reflect on the role of art in society.

Exhibits are free and open to the public to tour.

2023-24 Stifel Art Exhibition Season

Society of Animal Artists “Art and the Animal” 63rd Annual Exhibition
August 11–October 28, 2023

Holiday Art Show and Sale
November 10–December 22, 2023

35th Annual Regional Student Art Exhibition
January 11–February 9, 2024

Earth & Fire 2024
February 23–March 29, 2024

Crosscurrents 2024
April 11–June 14, 2024

Bicycle, Bicycle!
June 28–August 23, 2024

About the Stifel Fine Arts Center

Housed in the historic Edemar Mansion, the Stifel Fine Arts Center is a treasure trove for artistic expression and personal fulfillment. As a public arts center, the community can enjoy our galleries, classrooms and performance spaces. Artists, art lovers, students, educators and families gather here to connect and engage in creative pursuits.

Tour our art galleries and see the work of local, regional and national artists. You can take a class in painting, pottery, jewelry making and more. Our classes and workshops provide knowledge and tools to explore the visual arts.

Attend a jazz concert, wine tasting or craft beer event. The elegant setting is ideal for date nights and evenings out with friends.

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February 23, 2024 9:00 am - March 29, 2024 5:00 pm(GMT-04:00)


Stifel Fine Arts Center & School of Dance

1330 National Road, Wheeling, WV 26003

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