Concord University Instructor Of Art Mark Tobin Moore Exhibiting ‘Recycled In West Virginia’

For Immediate Release: 
Aug 11 2015

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement 

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,         





ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University Instructor of Art Mark Tobin Moore will be exhibiting a collection of his recent works Aug. 17 through Oct. 2 in Concord’s Arthur Butcher Art Gallery. The solo show is entitled Recycled in West Virginia.

An artist’s reception will be held at the Arthur Butcher Gallery on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

“My current series entitled, Recycled in West Virginia, began in 2013 when I was asked by then-Senior Curator, Jenine Culligan, to participate in, A Sense of Place: The West Virginia Sesquicentennial Artist Invitational, at the Huntington Museum of Art in Huntington, W.Va. She invited participants to reflect on their experiences living here in West Virginia, as artists and university professors,” Moore said in his artist statement.

His contribution to the exhibition was Recycled in West Virginia: Destiny’s Mountaineer, a mixed media on canvas.

“It chronicles not only my arrival in West Virginia for shore duty after almost four years on a ship, but also my departure from the Navy six years later. Although I was asked to apply for the Navy Officer Program, I chose instead to pursue a Master’s Degree in Art at Marshall University. And, later, while in my mid-forties, I attended West Virginia University for an MFA, the terminal degree required for university teaching,” he said.

“After slamming into the reality of entering my sixth decade of life, I decided to continue making more narrative-based autobiographical pieces focusing on the somewhat abstract notion that I am continuously recycling myself,” he said. “I had already entered this reflective territory about five years earlier in 2008 when I was invited by the Clay Center to show new work for the exhibition, Autobiographies: Six West Virginia Artists.

“I use old magazine images and samples of text, but I confess it is a kind of code which I barely understand. I just love them…,” he said.

“I was raised on military bases. I experienced the culture in every respect,” he said. “As a Boy Scout, and ‘military brat,’ I was equipped with surplus WWII Army gear, still covered in personal names, hometowns, and even little drawings. I grew up in a time when boys watched and emulated heroes in war and western movies, played with army men, and read war comics.”

“These recent ‘Recycled in West Virginia’ works, though rooted in mid-20th century American popular imagery, do express my own life through symbolism, composition and other design elements. … I hope others may gain some pleasure from interacting with them, and maybe even experience something familiar in them,” Moore said.

Moore has been showing his mixed media works continuously for over 30 years in regional, national, and international venues, including the Palace of Luxembourg in Paris, France, and numerous other galleries in Germany.

He was the Director of Exhibitions, Curator of Contemporary Art, and Chief Exhibitions Designer at the West Virginia State Museum in Charleston for nearly six years, and also the Programs Manager and Director of the Depot Arts and Crafts Center, Giessen North Army Depot, U. S, Army - Europe, Germany, for four years.

Moore is a resident of Charleston. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from West Virginia University, a Master of Arts degree in Painting and Printmaking from Marshall University, and a Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) in Studio Art from the University of Charleston. He is a Vietnam-era veteran of the U. S. Navy, having served 10 years of active duty.

For additional information on the exhibit contact Jamey Biggs at or 304-384-5351.

Two photos attached below


Recycled in West Virginia – Hostage


Recycled in West Virginia – Relieve the Watch



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