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Current, Upcoming and Past Exhibitions

About the Emerging Artists Exhibition

The Emerging Artists Exhibition features wonderful artwork from artists around the state, and provides an opportunity for artists of all visual arts media to display their creativity in a museum gallery.

The exhibition was developed to meet the needs of burgeoning new artistic talent. The Best of Show/Purchase Award becomes part of the collection of the State Museum. Through this process, and art exhibitions like this one, the State Museum has built one of the best contemporary art collections in the country. This exhibition is in addition to the Biennial Juried Exhibition that the museum has held since 1979. For more information, contact Charles Morris, director of museums for the department, at (304) 558-0220 or Charles.W.Morris@wv.gov.

Upcoming Emerging Artists Exhibition

The West Virginia 2022 Emerging Artists Juried Exhibition seeks to feature burgeoning new artistic talent. To be eligible to enter the exhibition, artists must be 18 years of age or older and must maintain a permanent domicile in West Virginia. Exceptions to this requirement are made for students and military personnel who have West Virginia resident status and a home address in the state.

Entries may be submitted for painting, print/drawing, mixed media, crafts/wall hangings, photography, digital art and sculpture. Entrants may submit two pieces for jurying. Entries must have been created within the last two years (2020 – 2022). Entrants must be listed on the West Virginia Artists Registry or must submit information for the registry along with the submissions for this exhibition. To register, submit a CD/DVD or USB memory stick with six examples of current work to the division by the exhibition’s entry date.

Past Exhibitions

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.

2020 emerging artists exhibit

2019 juried art exhibit

Museum Hours of Operation

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