For Women’s History Month, the Harrison County WV Historical Society is sponsoring a presentation on the life and art of local artist, Justina Carskadon Hart.

Beginning at 6:30PM on Monday, March 21, at the Starving Artist Studio in Clarksburg, Anne Hart, granddaughter of Justina Hart, will discuss the art and achievements of her late grandmother.

Clarksburg native Justina Carskadon Hart began painting at age four, and attended the Randolph-Macon Women’s College, and is a graduate of the New York School of Fine & Applied Arts (Parsons School of Design). Hart is represented in the collections of many museums and private collections in the U.S. Her work reflects the influence of Hans Hofmann with whom she studied and under whose tutelage she moved from small objective to large, non-objective painting. A contemporary of Blanche Lazzell and James Edward Davis, Hart found that both of these artists to be critical in her development as an abstractionist, and she went on to achieve recognition for her inventive collages and paintings. Mrs. Hart had studios in New York City and Palm Beach, Florida at various points in her life, and exhibited one-woman shows at galleries in New York, Nantucket, Massachusetts, Fairmont State University, West Virginia University, Charleston’s Sunrise Museum, and locally in Clarksburg. Futhermore, Mrs. Hart was an instructor at Salem College and Fairmont State College, and was a founding member and first director of the Clarksburg Art Center.

For more information on this special presentation, please contact the Harrison County WV Historical Society at 304-709-4902 or email

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