Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) is Morgantown’s home for arts and culture. MAC houses two galleries, the Benedum Gallery and the Robert M. Davis Gallery, which host rotating local exhibits that are always free and open to the public.
Established in 1979, the Benedum Gallery was named for the Benedum Foundation, which graciously donated seed money. It was the first commercial gallery in the region and the first community controlled gallery of its type to allow artists’ submissions. The gallery hosts a new exhibit every month, featuring an array of local, regional, national, and international art. Since 2004, MAC has managed the Benedum Gallery in-house. Installation, electronic media, sculpture, ceramic, painting, fiber arts, and much more can be found in MAC’s exhibition schedule.
The Robert M. Davis Gallery was established in 2004 as a grassroots effort between WVU Visual Arts BFA graduates and members of the Morgantown community. This exhibition space more than doubled the total exhibit area for MAC, allowing for more complex and in-depth exhibitions. Unfortunately, this area is not accessible to individuals with mobility impairments. However, a monitor in the Lobby area displays a slideshow of the current exhibit.
MAC is a nonprofit arts and culture center serving Monongalia County and its surrounding areas. MAC’s mission is to provide a home for the visual, performing, and literary arts through programming and educational outreach. MAC also offers classes in the visual and performing arts, community theatre in the Mabel DeVries Tanner Theatre, and a gift shop featuring unique gifts and artwork from local artists.
MAC opened its doors to the public in June of 1978 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Its building was designed in the Neoclassical style by Oliver Wendroth, supervising architect for the United States Treasury Department, and constructed as the United States Post Office for Morgantown in the mid-1910s.
Check out MAC’s calendar of events to see what exhibits are currently in the Benedum and Davis Galleries.