The 21st biennial West Virginia Juried Exhibition opened at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. One hundred one West Virginia artists were selected for the exhibit, which will feature 131 pieces, including painting, drawing, mixed media, craft, photography, digital art, sculpture and print. Thirty-four counties are represented in the show.
The exhibit opening reception and awards ceremony is free and open to the public. The exhibition is showcased in the Balcony Gallery, Great Hall Gallery, and the Commissioner's Gallery. The exhibit will remain at the Culture Center until Feb. 18, 2020.
“The West Virginia Juried Exhibition continues its tradition of presenting the best of our state’s well-known and emerging artists,” said West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History Curator Randall Reid-Smith. “We are pleased to open this year’s exhibit back in Charleston, which will be the first time since the 2005 Juried Exhibition.” In past years, the exhibition has been in Beckley, Martinsburg, Wheeling, Huntington, Parkersburg, Morgantown and Charleston.
At the opening reception, the department will announce the exhibition award winners. Governor’s Award winners will receive $5,000 for their work. Awards of Excellence winners will receive $2,000 for their work. These are purchase awards, and the art will become part of the West Virginia State Museum permanent contemporary art collection. Merit Awards of $500 each will also be presented that afternoon.
For more information, contact Charles Morris, director of museums for the department, at (304) 558-0220 or Charles.W.Morris@wv.gov.
Each entrant must submit a student information and release form with a teacher’s signature. Students can get entry forms with a complete list of rules and guidelines from their school’s art teacher(s), or by contacting Cailin Howe, WVDACH exhibits coordinator, at (304) 558-0220 or Cailin.A.Howe@wv.gov.
Please make sure to fill out the Student Release Form.
For more past exhibits and events, feel free to search the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History's Exhibits and Exhibitions Zenfolio page.