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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Three young artists will represent West Virginia in the 2014 Congressional Art Exhibit at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

Cabinet Secretary Kay Goodwin of the Department of Education and the Arts, Mary Elizabeth Eckerson representing Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, and Charleston artist Amanda Short presented first-place awards Wednesday, March 5, to Allison McIntyre of Lincoln High School, Harrison County; Kaylee Icenhower of Ravenswood High School, Jackson County; and McKayla Meade of Mingo Central High School, Mingo County. The presentation took place in the Great Hall of the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex, Charleston.

Second place winners include Kayla Davis of Spring Valley High School, Wayne County; Hailey Miller of Ravenswood High School, Jackson County; Brooklynn Lilly of Pikeview High School, Mercer County; Chesney Hudson of Ravenswood High School, Jackson County; and Peyton Dolin of Nitro High School, Kanawha County.

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual-art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Students submitted entries to the West Virginia State Museum in Charleston, and exhibition juror Amanda Short selected the winning entries. Forty-one students have artwork on display in the Balcony Gallery of the Culture Center. The exhibition will remain on display through April 10 in honor of Youth Art Month, and the district winners will be on display for one year at the U.S. Capitol. A complete list of participants is attached.

Short, a stained-glass artist, conducted a workshop for students prior to the awards presentation at the Culture Center to encourage and inspire young artists to enter the field of glassmaking. Short earned a bachelor of arts degree from West Virginia State University in 2002 and has sold her work to Tamarack and private residents. In 2007 she opened her studio, Amanda’s Art Glass, in Charleston.

For more information, contact Deputy Commissioner Caryn Gresham at (304) 558-0220, ext. 120, or email her at [email protected].

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary. The division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the division’s programs, events and sites, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Congressional Art Competition Participants

FAYETTE COUNTY
FAYETTEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
Art Teacher: Shea Wells

Dakota Gonzalez (Grade 11)
War of the Nebulae – Oil and soft pastels

Alyssa Jones (Grade 8)
Dragon Dream – Ink and watercolor

Keith Keblesh (Grade 10)
Untitled – Colored pencil

Savannah Kincaid (Grade 8)
Eyes of the World – Pencil

Danielle Leftwich (Grade 10)
Ancestor – Watercolor

Jessica Renee Neal (Grade 12)
Wicked Tree – Pencil

Brandi N. Richmond (Grade 12)
Flowering Lines – Colored pencil

Marcus Sheppard (Grade 11)
Withering Away – Pencil

MIDLAND TRAIL HIGH SCHOOL
Art Teacher: Kathy Metheney

Alicia Jones (Grade 12)
Good Morning – Acrylic

Caitlin Welch (Grade 12)
Come Away with Me – Pencil and charcoal

HARRISON COUNTY

LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL
Art Teacher: Carolyn Light

Allison McIntyre (Grade 9)
Life Will Stretch You – Oil pastels

JACKSON COUNTY
RAVENSWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
Art Teacher: Pat Anderson

Chesney Hudson (Grade 9)
Abandoned – Digital

Kaylee Icenhower (Grade 12)
Double Sided – Watercolor

Elias McKown (Grade 12)
Southern Comfort – Watercolor

Hailey Miller (Grade 11)
Jim Carrey in Text – Pen and ink

Michelle Riffle (Grade 12)
Wolf at Heart – Colored pencil

KANAWHA COUNTY
NITRO HIGH SCHOOL
Art Teacher: Deborah Pierce

Peyton Dolin (Grade 10)
Family Moment – Watercolor
Blue Morning – Watercolor

ST. ALBANS HIGH SCHOOL
Art Teacher: Debra Moore

Katelyn Caplinger (Grade 9)
For John – Collage

LOGAN COUNTY
CHAPMANVILLE REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
Art Teacher: Karen Amick-Adkins

Christopher Tyler Brewster (Grade 12)
Aurora Lights – Acrylic

Caitlin Elkins (Grade 11)
Fantasy in the Sea – Pencil

Miranda Shadd (Grade 12)
Dandelion – Photography

MARION COUNTY
NORTH MARION HIGH SCHOOL
Art Teacher: Linda Elmer

Matthew Powell (Grade 12)
Taylor – Pencil

MASON COUNTY
WAHAMA JR/SR HIGH SCHOOL
Art Teacher: Susan Parrish

Shalyn Greer (Grade 11)
Peaceable Kingdom – Oil

MERCER COUNTY
PIKEVIEW HIGH SCHOOL
Art Teacher: Katrina Runyon

Brooklynn Lilly (Grade 11)
Pop Rhododendron – Pen and ink

MINGO COUNTY
MINGO CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
Art Teacher: Doug Martin

McKayla Meade (Grade 12)
Unique Me: A Self-Portrait of Fingerprints – Ink

Randalyn Tiller (Grade 12)
Kaleidoscope Color – Acrylic

TYLER COUNTY
TYLER CONSOLIDATED HIGH SCHOOL
Art Teacher: Joe Semple

Damara Faith Winfrey (Grade 10)
Neutral Elegance – Acrylic

WAYNE COUNTY
SPRING VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
Art Teachers: Cheryl Howerton and
Sara Tess Hager

Katie Christian (Grade 11)
The Mermaid – Pencil

Megan Curry (Grade 12)
Umm, a gourd? – Oil pastels

Kayla Davis (Grade 12)
Print in Orange – Acrylic

Victoria Dashazer (Grade 11)
Trippy Man – Colored pencils

Erin Ferry (Grade 9)
Of Black and White – Pencil

Cameron Lasater (Grade 12)
Saturn – Colored pencil and pen

Shirley Ma (Grade 10)
Vestige of History – Pen

Shannon Marshall (Grade 12)
Untitled – Colored pencil and pencil

Kyle O’Neal (Grade 12)
Colorful Glass – Pastels

Allison Peters (Grade 10)
Diamonds on the Inside – Charcoal

Mandie Ronk (Grade 10)
Mandie – Acrylic

Cassidy Sullivan (Grade 11)
Pianoforte – Charcoal

Chloe Webb (Grade 11 )
Still Life in Charcoal – Charcoal

WOOD COUNTY
PARKERSBURG HIGH SCHOOL
Art Teachers: Michele Binegar and Steven Morningstar

Alyssa Erin Armour (Grade 12)
My Soul’s Domain – Computer generated
Rustic Memories – Pencil

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