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Importance of Arts to our Cultural History

When we talk about the value of arts and culture to society, we always start with its intrinsic value: how arts and culture can illuminate our inner lives and enrich our emotional world. This activity encompasses a broad range of disciplines that ranges from performing arts production and presentation, to visual arts exhibition, to arts education and arts in healthcare, to preservation and interpretation of our collective heritage. This is what we cherish.

However, we also understand that arts and culture have a wider, more measurable impact on our economy, health and wellbeing, society, and education. It is important we also recognize this impact to help people think of our arts and culture for what they are: a strategic national resource.

Essentially life without the collective resources of our arts communities would be static and sterile—no creative arguments about the past, no diverse and stimulating present and no dreams of the future.

Current Juried Exhibitions

The 22nd biennial West Virginia Juried Exhibition opened at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston, along with an awards ceremony, on Sunday, Nov. 14. Eighty West Virginia artists were selected for the exhibit, which features 110 pieces, including painting, drawing, mixed media, craft, photography, digital art, sculpture and print. Twenty-five counties are represented in the show. The exhibit will remain at the Culture Center until Feb. 19, 2022. At the opening reception, the department announced 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’s permanent contemporary art collection. The exhibition will encompass all three Culture Center galleries, to include the Balcony Gallery, the Great Hall Gallery, and the Commissioner's Gallery.

For more information, contact Charles Morris, director of museums for the department, at (304) 558-0220 or Charles.W.Morris@wv.gov.

Upcoming Juried Exhibitions

Upcoming West Virginia Student Exhibitions

Governor Jim Justice, the West Virginia Department of Tourism and the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History invite you to participate in the annual Governor’s Art Exhibition. Designed to showcase student creativity and the arts, this year’s exhibition is a call for one-of-a-kind postcard designs illustrating ‘what does America's newest national park - the New River Gorge National Park & Preserve - mean to you?’ Selected postcard artwork will later be used by the Department of Tourism to personally invite travelers to Almost Heaven.

The exhibition is open to all West Virginia students grades K through 12. This is to include public, private and home school students. All entries must be hand delivered or mailed to the Culture Center and received no later than Dec. 6. You can access the entry form here. If there are any questions, please contact Charles Morris by phone (304)-558-0220, ext. 704 or via email

Specialty and Recurring Juried Exhibitions: Past and Present

Blenko 100 years





Miss WV




2020 emerging artists exhibit

2021 governor's art exhibit


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.

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Operating Hours:

Tuesday through Saturday

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

***Closed Sundays and Mondays***

Closed all National Holidays except Memorial Day weekend

Admission is free

For more information call: (304) 558-0220