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Phaze 2 Gallery offers in-person and virtual exhibits

ISSUED: 25 September 2020
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University’s Phaze 2 Gallery is hosting exhibits after making some changes due to COVID-19, including a 3D gallery that will allow visitors online to move through a space similar to the layout of Phaze 2 and view ultra-high-resolution images of artwork. Gallery operations have also been modified to ensure in-person visitor and attendant safety, and no opening receptions are planned.

“The goal of the virtual gallery is to expand our visibility and accessibility while maintaining a safe viewing environment for our in-person visitors,” said Evan Boggess, lecturer of art and gallery director. “Due to the pandemic, we have to closely monitor the traffic in the space, and we have only a few gallery guards to do so.”

Boggess said the 3D gallery will be hosted by a service called Exhibbit.com and there are plans to eventually maintain a digital archive of past shows. Boggess has documented in ultra-high-resolution images an exhibit of faculty work that ran throughout the month of September. He anticipates the show will be available on Exhibbit in the coming weeks and that the website will serve as a digital component that lags behind to allow people to see a show if they missed it.

A show titled “Isolated Incidents” by Boggess will run October 5-30 and will include a variety of media and visual presentations. A sculptural installation by alumna Nevada Tribble will run November 9-January 22, 2021.

Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2-4 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to contact Evan Boggess eboggess@shepherd.edu to schedule off-hours viewings or guided walk throughs.

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