BUCKHANNON, West Virginia – West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Sleeth Gallery will celebrate Rikiesha Metzger’s solo exhibition “See Through Me,” Friday, Oct. 21 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Rikiesha Metzger will begin her performance at 7:15 p.m. and immediately follow it with an artist talk.  This event is family friendly and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

Sleeth Gallery has been temporarily located to the basement of Wesley Chapel on campus due to construction at McCuskey Hall. “See Through Me” will remain up through Oct. 28. Gallery hours for Fall Semester are Monday and Wednesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. To request an appointment outside of these hours, email:

Metzger is a multifaceted International Community Artist-Philosopher working with themes related to race, identity and beauty. Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she has traveled extensively, first as a military child, and more recently as an artist interested in experiencing and collaborating with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Built upon a strong spiritual foundation, she demonstrates how art can be used as an outlet for self-expression.

An adjunct professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and art teacher at Hampden Christian School, Metzger is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, pursuing a degree in Philosophy, Aesthetics and Art Theory.  To learn more, visit https://www.rikiesha.com.


“My art is a synthesis of my spirituality and my feelings,” Metzgar said. “My inspiration comes from spiritual influences that are unseen but felt through my emotions. The wire materials foster flexibility so that I am able to create different forms freely. I am reminded that we are all spirits having a human experience, which allows for us to relate to each other because of our commonalities.”

West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) is a private, four-year residential liberal arts college in Buckhannon, West Virginia. A tradition of excellence for more than 130 years, West Virginia Wesleyan is home to 14 Fulbright Scholars. The Princeton Review ranked Wesleyan one of its 2023 Best Colleges in the Southeastern Region of the United States. U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-2023 Best College Rankings designated Wesleyan seventh in Best Value – Regional Universities (South). WVWC offers students more than 40 majors and 40 minors; graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, creative writing, and nursing; 22 NCAA Division II athletic programs; multiple performing arts groups; and more than 70 organizations. Founded in 1890, the College is closely affiliated with the United Methodist Church and abides by the Wesley doctrine that emphasizes service to others. For more information, visit wvwc.edu.