Artist Collective of West Virginia Pays Tribute to David Bowie


Many mourned the loss of David Bowie last month, who was widely regarded as one of the most influential writers and performers of pop music. In Morgantown, the Artist Collective of West Virginia is keeping his memory alive with an event titled “For the Love of David Bowie.”

The Artist Collective of West Virginia presented a tribute to the legendary David Bowie with an art exhibition showing off works inspired by his music. 

“When David Bowie passed away, it hurt us all. He’s such an inspiration to all of us. Through his work, We were able to do our own changes, to be inspired. He changed us, by changing himself,” said John Michael Barone, Artist Collective of West Virginia. 

This was the first ever tribute show put on by the Artist Collective of West Virginia. All ages were welcome to come dressed as their favorite Bowie incarnation.

“This particular show is just really sentimental to us. It really meant a lot to us. We’re huge Bowie fans and you know he’s touched our life,” said Malissa Goff Baker, Artist Collective of West Virginia. 

Over 20 eclectic pieces of art were on display, created by local and international artists. They depicted multiple eras of Bowie throughout the decades of his music career. 

“It was really nice to see the collaborative of all of the artists and to see how much support and the variety of art that came out of Morgantown and the local areas,” said Danielle Williams, spectator at the show. 

John Michael Barone explained his piece of art at the show. 

 “So it’s from Ziggy Stardust, to the Thin White Duke, and the Thin White Duke realizing he’s gotta change, you know, he’s gotta change or he is going to die, so he turns into Sirius Moonlight, which is that period of David Bowie, all the while following Blackstar,’ said Barone. 

The show was put on in collaboration with the Monongalia Arts Center, The Retro-tique, and the Alien Gold Art Co.

This tribute exhibition will be on display at the Mon Arts Center until April 2nd. 

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