Carnegie Hall’s Winter Exhibits are underway with three new galleries featuring the works of regional artists. The Lobby Gallery features fashion illustrations by artist Thomas Ruggiero. The Lobby Gallery is located on the first floor of Carnegie Hall in the Hamilton Auditorium. The exhibit runs through Dec. 29.
Thomas Ruggiero is an artist and apparel/fashion designer native to Lewisburg. He obtained a Bachelor of Science with a focus in Fashion Design and Merchandising from West Virginia University and as a resident of Lee Street Studios, crafts handmade one-of-a-kind garments and impasto ink fashion illustrations. In oil paint, he paints portraits and landscapes.
Thomas’s practice focuses on a marriage of modernity in design and traditional approaches in craft. “As a Fashion Designer I’ve trained and motivated myself on crafting passionate work; work that bows and strides beyond the romanticisms of tradition, and into the precedence for innovative modernity in fashion,” explains Ruggiero. “It’s a new era in fashion.”
Carnegie Hall exhibits are free and open to the public, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and run through Dec. 29. For more information, please visit carnegiehallwv.org, call 304-645-7917, or stop by the Hall at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg.
Carnegie Hall programs are presented with financial assistance through a grant from the WV Department of Arts, Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.