2018 - 2019
Weir High School
Hancock County, West Virginia
A native of California, Villamagna resided in both, Toronto, Ohio and Weirton, W.Va. over his childhood and his youth. He has lived in Wheeling for 21 years.
West Liberty University Assistant Professor of Art Robert Villamagna was selected as 2016 Artist of the Year by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. Villamagna joined WLU in 1996 as an interim professor and remains an important part of the College of Arts and Communication, teaching studio art. He earned his master’s at Wright State University and his undergraduate degree at Franciscan University.
His creative work stands the test of time. At the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, they are proud to have his award winning juried art in their state art collection.
Villamagna joined WLU in 1996. He also is also the director of WLU Nutting Gallery, which hosts art exhibitions throughout the year. He earned his master’s at Wright State University and his undergraduate degree at Franciscan University.
Prior to this award, Villamagna received four awards from W.Va. Division of Culture and History at W.Va. for juried exhibitions in 2015, 2013, 2009 and 2005. He also serves on the Wheeling Arts Commission and maintains a website at robertvillamagna.com.
On June 15, 2017, Robert was entered into the Wheeling Hall of Fame.