West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture & History

2023 West Virginia Juried Exhibition Artists Announced

West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History to Host Exhibition Opening and Awards Ceremony at Culture Center

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The 23rd biennial West Virginia Juried Exhibition will open at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston, along with an awards ceremony, on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. Sixty-six West Virginia artists were selected for the exhibit, which will feature 89 pieces, including painting, drawing, mixed media, craft, photography, digital art, sculpture and print. Thirty counties are represented in the show.

The exhibit opening reception and awards ceremony is free and open to the public. The exhibit will remain at the Culture Center until Feb. 10, 2024.

“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. “This exhibition is supported by one of the nation’s largest endowments for juried exhibitions, allowing the department to collect contemporary art for the State Museum collection.”

At the opening reception, the department will announce the exhibition award winners. Governor’s Award winners will receive $5,000 for their work. Award 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.

Merit Awards of $500 each will also be presented that afternoon.

For more information, contact Rachel Keeney, exhibits coordinator for the department, at (304) 558-0220 or Rachel.M.Keeney@wv.gov.

The following artists, by county, will be featured in the exhibition:

Kylie Proudfoot-Payne, Belington – Painting

Daniele Piasecki, Martinsburg – Mixed Media


Judy Foxx, Madison – Painting


Steve Balcourt, Exchange – Photography

Patrick Facemire, Gassaway – Painting

Herb Weaver, Bethany – Mixed Media

Mary Chaney, Huntington – Painting

Vernon Howell, Barboursville – Mixed Media

Larry Mayne, Huntington – Sculpture

Don McDowell, Huntington – Mixed Media

Larry Sumpter, Culloden – Painting

Brian Reed, Ivydale – Painting


Beth Crowder, West Union – Painting


Kevin Umbel, Fayetteville – Painting  

Kelsie Tyson, Ronceverte – Crafts

John Williams, Renick – Sculpture

Susan Feller, Augusta – Crafts


Debbie Sisson, Ripley – Painting


Bruce Fransen, Harpers Ferry – Sculpture

Dick Allowatt, St. Albans – Mixed Media

Edward Grose, South Charleston – Crafts

Sharon Harms, Charleston – Painting

Frederick Hays, Elkview – Painting

Thorney Lieberman, South Charleston – Photography

Chet Lowther, Charleston – Painting 

Lynn Payne, Charleston – Painting

Shannon Scott, Charleston – Print

David Simmons, Charleston – Painting

Lesa Smith, Charleston – Painting  

Michael Teel, St. Albans – Painting

Derek Overfield, Fairmont – Painting

Greg Satterfield, Fairmont – Painting

Liuqing Ruth Yang, Fairmont – Painting

Betsy Cox, Glen Dale – Crafts


John Coffey, Princeton – Painting

Leiane Gibson, Bluefield – Photography  

Clayborn Dotson, Williamson – Crafts

Nancy Abrams, Morgantown – Photography

Molly Davis, Morgantown – Sculpture

Stephen Lawson, Morgantown – Photography

Connie Moeller, Morgantown – Painting

Donald Earley, Greenville – Mixed Media

Jesus Perez, Alderson – Photography

Jo Perez, Alderson – Crafts

Cecil Ybanez, Richwood – Painting/Mixed Media

Brian Fencl, Wheeling – Painting

Robert Villamagna, Wheeling – Mixed Media

Thomas Wharton, Wheeling – Painting

Mindi Yarbrough, Wheeling – Painting


Karen Chamblin, Belmont – Painting

Pat Cross, Eleanor – Painting

Cathy Fulks-Thomas, Winfield – Mixed Media

Ryan Kennedy, Poca – Drawing

S. Benita Goode, Beckley – Drawing

David Green, Crab Orchard – Photography

Tammy McGraw, Beckley – Photography  

Nicole Suptic, White Oak – Drawing

Kilsong Cox, Elkins – Photography

David Johnston, Dryfork – Photography


Best Keener-Flanery, Grafton – Crafts


John Ryan Brubaker, Thomas – Photography

Kimberly Trathen, Thomas – CraftsUpshur
Suzan Morgan, Buckhannon – Mixed Media

Mike Danko, Parkersburg – Crafts

Christine Rhodes, Parkersburg – Painting

Damon Rhodes, Parkersburg – Photography

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