Artist Alexandria Gaujot smiles while wearing a floral printed top and green sweater. Brick columns are our of focus in the background.


Fairmont, WV – For Pierpont Community and Technical College alumna and artist Alexandria Gaujot, a lifelong love for the arts has inspired a career that captures the beauty of the Mountain State and provides a home for local artists to grow and harness their creativity.

Gaujot was born and raised in Donetsk, Ukraine, to a family of engineers and artisans. Her father, an artist and woodworker, inspired her love for creating at a young age. Gaujot attended Donetsk Art College, where she learned traditional techniques that still influence her art today. In 1996, she followed a dream opportunity to move to Washington, D.C., with a childhood friend and classmate. After traveling across the United States over the course of several years, Gaujot made West Virginia her home in 2003.

Upon graduating with an Associate of Applied Science in Applied Design – Interior Design from Pierpont in 2012, Gaujot began her career in the industry. She credits the small class sizes and opportunities available through Pierpont to her success in the field. “The quality of the interior design program at Pierpont gave me the best preparation to work in the art and design industries,” said Gaujot. Over the next ten years, she would work as an interior designer, project manager, and store manager for large firms and corporations, including Lowes, Capital Business Interiors, and The Countertop Store by Vangura, among others.

In 2020, amidst a world on pause during the COVID-19 pandemic, a challenging battle with breast cancer set Gaujot on a new path to uncover more profound meaning in her art as a means to provide solace and inspiration. “Art became my therapy while I was going through physical and mental recovery,” said Gaujot. “My passion for creating new art and teaching grew drastically during that time.” She transitioned to a full-time artist and teacher in 2021, providing opportunity for aspiring artists and art enthusiasts of all ages to create.

Gaujot pays homage to her creative upbringing by incorporating teaching methods and techniques from her classes as a young artist in Ukraine.

Her art highlights the charm of the Mountain State, as well as the simplicities of human life. “I enjoy capturing the beauty hiding inside the ordinary,” she said. “Some of my favorite pieces to create are commissioned portraits because each face tells a unique story. Nature is also a wonderful muse for me; the intricate designs found within are true inspirations.”

In an exhibition hosted by the Arts Council of Greater Morgantown’s “Gallery Without Walls” Program, Gaujot’s art is currently on display within the West Virginia University (WVU) Erickson Alumni Center’s Nutting Gallery.

“I am truly blessed to have an opportunity to show my art in the Nutting Gallery,” said Gaujot. “When you visit, you will be transported to a world of vibrant colors and elegance. My exhibit features work in acrylic, watercolor, and pastels.”

Gaujot is sharing the space with a few familiar faces, as well. “As an art teacher, the masterpieces I am most proud of are my students, and I love to provide them with real-world gallery experiences,” continued Gaujot. “So, for this exhibition, I have also included several works from them.”

Through a journey of passion and determination, Gaujot has crafted a vibrant career as a designer, artist, and educator in the Mountain State. She serves as an active member in her local community and hopes to continue to inspire young artists and professionals to pursue their dreams, even if they seem daunting.

“Everyone’s path is unique, so stay humble, never stop learning, and follow your dreams,” said Gaujot. “Just because you cannot predict the road ahead, does not mean you cannot still prepare for your purpose. Grow spiritually and in your humanity and try your best to enjoy your life.”

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Gaujot’s exhibit will be on display at the WVU Erickson Alumni Center’s Nutting Gallery through Monday, April 8. The Gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. until 4:45 p.m.

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