Governor’s Arts Awards Presented 11 Awards to Individuals and Organizations and 10 Legislative Leadership Awards

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – On Tuesday, Feb. 27, the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History (WVDACH) and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts sponsored the Governor’s Arts Awards at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex, in Charleston. During the awards ceremony, 11 Governor’s Arts Awards and 10 Legislative Leadership Awards in the Arts were presented. The 6 p.m. program included performances by Brodrick Hammers on piano; poetry reading by Braylie Smolders; choral performance by Pirate Crew of Village of Barboursville Middle School; and show choir performances by The TomCats of Nitro High School, General Admission of Winfield High School, and Voices in Perfection of Capital High School. A description of the awards and recipients is listed below. The Governor’s Arts Awards are presented biennially to celebrate excellence in the arts in West Virginia. The awards focus attention on the importance of arts to economic development in the Mountain…

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2024 Congressional Youth Art Competition Winners Announced

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Six young artists have been selected as winners in the annual Congressional Art Competition, which is on display in the Balcony Gallery of the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex, in Charleston until April 1. The exhibition is sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History (WVDACH), in partnership with the West Virginia Congressional Delegation. On Friday, Feb. 23, WVDACH Museum Director Charles Morris and Deputy Curator Andrea Thompson welcomed guests and introduced Madison Neeley, representing Congressman Alex Mooney, and Elizabeth Crump, representing Congresswoman Carol Miller. First-place awards were presented to Emily Garrett, Braxton County High School, Braxton County, District 1; and Caleb Roselius, Robert C. Byrd High School, Harrison County, District 2. The first-place winners received a $100 gift certificate from Dick Blick Art Materials, and their work will represent West Virginia in a yearlong Congressional Art Competition exhibition at the United States Capitol…

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St. Marys High School Student to Represent West Virginia in Poetry Out Loud National Finals

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – St. Marys High School student Willow Peyton will represent West Virginia in the 2024 Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, D.C., on May 1-2. Peyton won the state competition hosted by the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History (WVDACH) and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts on Saturday, March 9, at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex, in Charleston. John Spellman of Morgantown High School was named the state runner-up. Peyton recited “A Song: Lying is an occupation” by Laetitia Pilkington, “How to Triumph Like a Girl” by Ada Limon, and “The Poem You’ve Been Waiting For” by Tarfia Faizullah. Spellman’s poems included “The Second Coming” by William Butler Yeats, “The Light the Dead See” by Frank Stanford, and “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Forty-four students from high schools in 28 counties competed in the semifinals on Friday,…

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11 Arts Grant Programs Available for Application to Artists, Arts Organizations

CHARLESTON, WV – Applications are now open for 11 arts grants through the West Virginia Commission on the Arts of the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History. These grant programs are available for application by artists, local governments, and not-for-profit organizations with an arts-related mission. Funding for these programs is made possible by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, West Virginia State Legislature, and Volunteer West Virginia. The deadline for submission through the State Arts Office’s online grants portal, GOapply, is Monday, April 1, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. A description of each available grant is listed below. Arts in Education – Arts Exposure Projects grant provides support for schools and nonprofit organizations, as well as individual artists and artist collectives, to present professional performing, literary, and visual artists to students in grades K-12. Arts in Education – School-Based and Out-of-School-Based Projects grant provides support to schools…

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46 Students to Compete in West Virginia Poetry Out Loud State Finals Competition, March 8-9

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Forty-six students from across West Virginia will recite poems by Naomi Shihab Nye, Robert Frost, Chen Chen, Emily Dickinson and many others during the 2024 Poetry Out Loud state finals competition set for Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9, at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex, in Charleston. All participants are listed below. Friday’s competition will be emceed by Maggie Holley, the education director at West Virginia Public Broadcasting. For the final round of competition on Saturday, the master of ceremonies will be storyteller, author and recording artist Bil Lepp, whose humorous, family-friendly tall-tales and stories have earned the appreciation of readers and listeners of all ages. Though a five-time champion of the WV Liars Contest, Lepp’s stories often contain universal truths presented in clever and witty ways. The semifinal competition begins with Division I at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, March 8, followed by Division II…

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West Virginia Landscapes Exhibit Opening at Culture Center, March 3

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History (WVDACH) will open a new exhibition at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex, in Charleston on Sunday, March 3, 2024, at 2 p.m. with a reception and awards ceremony. The exhibit, titled West Virginia Landscapes, is the first installation of Inspired: A West Virginia Series of Juried Exhibitions, featuring four different West Virginia themes. Thirteen West Virginia artists, representing nine counties, were selected for the West Virginia Landscapes show, which features 21 pieces of various mediums, including painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, craft and print. The exhibit will remain on display in the Commissioner’s Gallery at the Culture Center until mid-June 2024. The exhibit opening reception and awards ceremony is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. This series of exhibitions will be featured over the next two years in honor of the upcoming 250th anniversary, or Semiquincentennial,…

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West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History seeks nominations for the 2024 Governor’s Arts Awards

CHARLESTON, W.VA. – The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History (WVDACH) is seeking nominations for the Governor’s Arts Awards. This biennial awards program celebrates the importance of the arts to economic development in the Mountain State by honoring individuals and organizations whose creative achievements and significant contributions to the arts enhance life in West Virginia. A public awards ceremony will take place at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex, on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m. Nominees must be West Virginia residents or organizations based in West Virginia. Members of the selection committee; members of the West Virginia Commission on the Arts; WVDACH staff; and their immediate family members are not eligible. Posthumous nominations are not accepted. Nominations for the 11 categories must be submitted through the nomination form linked below by Feb. 12, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.  The nomination form includes descriptions for each of the award categories,…

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National Park Service Accepting Applications for Semiquincentennial Grant Program

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The National Park Service is accepting applications for their Semiquincentennial Grant Program. The Semiquincentennial Grant Program is intended to support buildings, structures, sites, districts, and objects that commemorate the nation’s founding. To be eligible for this funding, the structure must be listed on or eligible for listing the National Register of Historic Places. The program offers a range of awards which can be used to fund resources plans and studies, as well as physical preservation projects. Applications are due March 5, 2024. Learn more about the Semiquincentennial Grant Program by attending their upcoming webinar! Mark your calendar for January 11, 2024, at 3:00 pm. The webinar is available via Zoom at https://bit.ly/3NVQ8WG. Meeting ID: 878 9992 4586 Passcode: 100202 If you have any questions, please contact the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) by calling (304) 558-0240.

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West Virginia Juried Exhibit 2023 Winners Announced

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Artists from Fairmont, Marion County; Augusta, Hampshire County; and Richwood, Nicholas County, won the top prizes in the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History’s (WVDACH) 23rd biennial West Virginia Juried Exhibition, which opened Sunday, Nov. 5, at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The exhibit, featuring 89 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, mixed media and crafts created by 66 West Virginia artists, is cosponsored by the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. The exhibit will remain on display through Feb. 10, 2024. A list of all exhibitors can be found at https://wvculture.org/2023-west-virginia-juried-exhibition-artists-announced/. Ten pieces in the exhibit will be purchased and become part of the West Virginia State Museum’s permanent collection. Jurors Stephen Wicks and Jennifer Kaplan, both of Knoxville, Tenn., selected three artists as this year’s $5,000 Governor’s Award winners, with one receiving the D. Gene Jordon Memorial Award, which is named for…

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WV Department of Arts, Culture and History Announces 2023-24 Poetry Out Loud Registration Deadline

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The 2024 West Virginia Poetry Out Loud state competition registration deadline is set for Friday, Dec. 8, 2023. All West Virginia public and private high schools and homeschool associations are encouraged to participate in this free educational program, which is sponsored annually by the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History (WVDACH) in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Non-school organizations, such as afterschool programs, libraries, or nonprofit organizations, may also sponsor a local Poetry Out Loud competition for students in high schools where the program is not offered. Interested students or organizational sponsors may contact the state Poetry Out Loud coordinator for more information about how to register. Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition for high school students across…

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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…

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West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History to Host Governor’s Arts Caravan

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Governor’s Arts Caravan is coming to a town near you. The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History (WVDACH) and the State Arts Office will host an upcoming arts caravan, featuring a series of five grant workshops around the state to discuss grant programs with artists and arts organizations. Available grants include eleven October 1 and rolling deadline grant funding opportunities. Each session will last approximately two and a half hours and consist of an overview of available grants and services provided by the WVDACH. Curator Randall Reid-Smith and arts office grant coordinators will be on-site to lead workshops and answer any questions. All workshops are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required. Locations and times are as follows: Monday, July 31, 9 a.m. -11:30 a.m.: Apollo Theater in Martinsburg (Berkeley County) Tuesday, August 1, 9 a.m. -11:30 a.m.: National Youth Science…

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Bridgeport High School Student to Represent West Virginia in Poetry Out Loud National Finals

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Bridgeport High School student Morgan Sprouse will represent West Virginia in the 2023 Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, D.C. on May 8-10.  Sprouse won the state competition hosted by the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts on Saturday, March 11, at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. Willow Peyton of St. Marys High School was named the state runner-up.  Sprouse recited “Perhaps the World Ends Here” by Joy Harjo, “Shall earth no more inspire thee” by Emily Bronte, and “I Am Offering this Poem” by Jimmy Santiago Baca.  Peyton’s poems included “Whenever you see a tree” by Padma Venkatraman, “Poetry” by Lydia Huntley Sigourney, and “This Most Perfect Hill” by Lisa Jarnot.  Forty-one students from high schools in 28 counties competed in the semifinals on Friday, March 10, 2023, with the top 10…

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44 Students to Compete in West Virginia Poetry Out Loud State Finals Competition, March 10-11

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Forty-four students from across West Virginia will recite poems by Joy Harjo, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Emily Dickinson, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Tracy K. Smith, Rocket Caleshu and many others during the 2023 Poetry Out Loud state finals competition set for March 10-11, 2023, at the Culture Center in Charleston. The winner will represent West Virginia at the 2023 national Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington, D.C., on May 8-10. Friday’s competition will be hosted by Maggie Holley, the education director at West Virginia Public Broadcasting. For the final round of competition on Saturday, the master of ceremonies will be storyteller, author and recording artist Bil Lepp, whose humorous, family-friendly tall tales and stories have earned the appreciation of readers and listeners of all ages. Lepp is a five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars Contest and winner of the 2018 Vandalia Award. The semifinal competition begins with Division…

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West Virginia Emerging Artists Juried Exhibition to Open with Awards Ceremony, Nov. 13

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History will unveil the 2022 West Virginia Emerging Artists Juried Exhibition in the Commissioner’s Gallery of the West Virginia State Museum at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, at 2 p.m. The award winners also will be announced during the opening. The exhibition is free and open to the public. This year’s exhibition features 58 creative pieces representing the talents of 44 West Virginia artists from 19 counties. A complete list of exhibitors is below. The juror for this year’s Emerging Artists Exhibition was Lauren Frances Adams. Adams teaches full-time at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Md. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she trained in mural painting, and from Carnegie Mellon University with a Master of Fine…

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First Lady Student Ornament Competition 2022

Greetings from the Governor’s Mansion! It is my pleasure to invite students from your school to create and decorate an ornament as a class as part of the eighteenth annual 2022 First Lady Student Ornament Competition. This year, to celebrate the holiday season, we have chosen “Nutcracker” as the theme for our ornament.Classrooms are invited to submit an ornament, so please pass this information along to the art teacher at your school or any teacher who would like to make this a class project. All ornaments will be displayed at the West Virginia State Capitol Complex during the 2022 holiday season. The ornaments will be classified in four divisions according to grade: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Each ornament will be individually judged, and four winners will be selected, one from each division.The winning individuals, groups, or classes will be invited to participate virtually in the State Capitol’s annual holiday…

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West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History Accepting Applications for West Virginia Emerging Artists Juried Exhibition

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History (WVDACH) is currently accepting submissions for the 2022 West Virginia Emerging Artists Juried Exhibition through Sept. 2, 2022. The exhibit will open Nov. 13 at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. Eligible artists may submit two pieces for the exhibit jurying in painting, print/drawing, mixed media, craft/wall hangings, photography, digital art and sculpture. The pieces that are entered must have been created between 2020 and 2022. Digital images, not original pieces, are submitted for the jurying process. To be eligible to enter the exhibition, artists must be 18 years of age or older and 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. Entrants must be listed on the West Virginia Artists Registry or…

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West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History to Host Governor’s Arts Caravan

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Governor’s Arts Caravan is coming to a town near you. The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History (WVDACH) and the State Arts Office will host an upcoming arts caravan, featuring a series of five grant workshops around the state to discuss grant programs with artists and arts organizations. Available grants include six October 1 grant programs and rolling deadline funding opportunities. Each session will last approximately two and a half hours and consist of an overview of available grants and services provided by the WVDACH. Curator Randall Reid-Smith and arts office grant coordinators will be on-site to lead workshops and answer any questions. All workshops are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required. Locations and times are as follows: ·         Monday, Aug. 1, 9 – 11:30 a.m.: Granada Theater (Bluefield, Mercer County) ·         Tuesday, Aug. 2, 9 – 11:30 a.m.: Greenbrier…

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Bridgeport High School student Morgan Sprouse earns an honorable mention prize in Poetry Out Loud National Finals

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Bridgeport High School student Morgan Sprouse represented West Virginia in the Poetry Out Loud National Finals, earning an honorable mention prize and finishing in the Top 12 in a national broadcast on May 1. Sprouse was one of 55 state and jurisdictional Poetry Out Loud champions participating in the annual competition. As the 4th place winner in one of three regional semifinals, Sprouse will receive a $1,000 cash award and a $500 stipend for her school. Sprouse won the West Virginia Poetry Out Loud championship in March, with her recitations of “Mansplaining” by Jennifer Militello, “Ways of Talking” by Ha Jin and “A Psalm of Life” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Thirty-nine West Virginia high school students competed in the state finals at the Culture Center in Charleston.  For this competition, each student memorizes and recites classic and contemporary poems selected from more than 1,100 in the Poetry…

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Arts In Our Communities Conference 2022

REGISTER TODAY! The registration link is LIVE! Complete your registration for the FREE Arts in Our Communities conference here: https://bit.ly/2022aocYou can gather at the Culture Center in Charleston with artists and arts organization representatives from all over West Virginia. Scheduled for Tuesday, March 1 and Wednesday, March 2, the conference is designed to highlight and edify all of those amazing people who make up the arts community in our state.At the link provided above, you’ll also find a preliminary schedule with sessions, speakers, and panelists. Check it out to see all the knowledge and networking in store for you!Once again, there’s no cost to attend the conference, but we do need you to register so that we can plan materials and refreshments.If you have any questions, email paul.r.neil@wv.gov.

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Arts Day at the Legislature 2022

March 3, 2022 — Register your organization today! Arts Day at the Legislature returns for 2022! Scheduled for Thursday, March 3, 2022, this is a great opportunity for arts organizations from all around West Virginia to set up a display in the West Virginia capitol building during legislative session. Personnel from participating organizations are encouraged to use this opportunity to meet with their legislative congressional representatives and senators, raise awareness of arts in West Virginia, and network with other arts organizations. Space is limited. Click here to register your organization for Arts Day at the Legislature.

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Nominations Open for Governor’s Arts Awards 2022

The Governor’s Arts Awards celebrate excellence in the arts in West Virginia by honoring individuals and organizations whose creative achievements and significant contributions to the arts enhance life in West Virginia. The awards will be presented during a ceremony in the theater at the Culture Center at 6:00pm on Tuesday evening, March 1, 2022. Nominations must be received at the Culture Center by Friday, February 18, 2022. Nominees must be residents living in West Virginia or organizations (corporations, nonprofit organizations) based in or doing a majority of business in West Virginia. Other eligibility requirements are specified in the nomination packet. The written nomination must specify the significance of the nominee’s contributions to the arts as defined by the award category for which the nominee is entered.  Award winners will be chosen by a selection committee that may include West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History staff, members of the West Virginia…

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Help Trim the 2021 Artistree!

The Office of First Lady Cathy Justice and the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History invite West Virginians of all ages, including artists of all disciplines, to create an ornament for the Artistree to be displayed in the Culture Center Great Hall throughout the 2021 holiday season. All submissions must be handcrafted by West Virginians and must be received by Friday, November 19, 2021. There is a limit of one submission per artist, and ornaments must be suitable for hanging on a tree (so take size and weight into consideration). Submitted ornaments become property of the WV Department of Arts, Culture and History and some may be archived permanently. The prospectus/submission form with more details can be downloaded by clicking here.

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City of Wheeling – Request for Proposals

The Wheeling Arts and Cultural Commission is seeking proposals for three murals on the trail-facing façade of 1 23rd Street, located in historic Center Wheeling. Artists or groups of artists may provide a proposal for one or more of the three sections. Murals should depict literal or conceptual interpretations of the native natural landscape and wildlife that is present along the Wheeling Heritage Trail. The murals may appear aesthetically different, but will be unified by a shared color palette.The Wheeling Arts and Cultural Commission’s vision is to be the catalyst for a longterm, rich, and inclusive arts and cultural experience for the community. This project aims to accomplish this mission and vision by facilitating high impact, public art on Wheeling’s popular Heritage Trail.Artists whose proposals are accepted will be awarded $1,500, up to three nights of lodging at the McClure House Hotel, and exterior paint. Any additional materials are the…

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Creative Forces Grants

The National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with Mid-America Arts Alliance, is pleased to announce the launch of a new grant program as part of Creative Forces®: NEA Military Healing Arts Network. The Creative Forces Community Engagement Grants will support arts engagement programming for military and veteran populations and family members, providing opportunities for creative expression and strengthening resilience. Creative Forces is an NEA initiative in partnership with the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs which seeks to improve the health, well-being, and quality of life for military and veteran populations exposed to trauma, as well as their families and caregivers. The deadline to apply for these new grants is December 15, 2021. Creative Forces Community Engagement projects will require at least one partner; and be led by or include at least one organization with a history of creative or artistic programming. Partnerships among arts organizations and veteran and military service…

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Richwood Galleries to Showcase Two Colorful Artists

Two acclaimed Nicholas County artists—one living, one deceased—will be showcased at separate galleries on Saturday, October 9, 2021 when Richwood’s 34th annual Mountain Color Art Show holds its first annual Art Walk street fair.   Bloomfield Gallery will be exhibiting the bold and expressionistic works of Nicholas County painter Steve Flynn.  The Lawrenson Gallery, also on Main Street, will feature a retrospective exhibit of Gayle Surface (1907-2000) a prolific Richwood folk artist whose paintings of bucolic American landscapes are fetching thousands of dollars at high end galleries in Lewisburg and other places.  Style-wise, the two men couldn’t be more different.  But Flynn, a photographer and self-proclaimed “outsider artist,” knew and revered Gayle Surface.  In fact, in 1997, Flynn photographed the ninety-year-old Surface, who was still painting.   He also taped an interview with the artist that is as much a story of twentieth-century America as it is about the man.   Gayle Jaxson Surface was born in a “coal…

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West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History Seeking Entries for the 2021 West Virginia Juried Exhibition

 News… CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History (WVDACH) is announcing a call for entries for its 22nd biennial West Virginia Juried Exhibition. The show will be on display at the Culture Center in Charleston. Since 1979, the exhibition has celebrated the exceptional talents and creativity of Mountain State artists. Submissions for the exhibit in the form of digital images on CD or USB flash drive will be accepted from Monday, May 31 through Monday, Aug. 2. Artists may submit two pieces for the exhibition with a limit of three digital images per entry. Entry forms and properly identified images must be accompanied by a non-refundable fee of $20 per piece. Make check payable to West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History. Digital images can be mailed to WVDACH, West Virginia Juried Exhibition (WVJE) 2021, The Culture Center, 1900 Kanawha Blvd., E., Charleston, W.Va.…

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2021 Congressional Youth Art Competition Winners Announced

 News… CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Nine young artists have been selected as winners in the annual Congressional Art Competition, which is on display in the Balcony Gallery of the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston through June 7. The exhibition is sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History (WVDACH), in partnership with the West Virginia Congressional Delegation. On Monday, May 3, WVDACH Curator Randall Reid-Smith and Charles Morris, director of museums, welcomed guests, and introduced Susie Azevedo and Madison Neeley, representing Congressman Alex Mooney, and Darian Gist, representing Congresswoman Carol Miller. First-place awards were presented to Bryce Johnson, Robert C. Byrd High School, Harrison County, District 1; Emma Carpenter, George Washington High School, Kanawha County, District 2; and Gracie Hines, Webster County High School, Webster County, District 3. The first-place winners received a $100 gift certificate from BLICK Art Materials, and their work will represent West…

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Notre Dame High School Student to Represent West Virginia in Poetry Out Loud National Finals on May 27, 2021

 News… CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Notre Dame High School student Ben Long will represent West Virginia at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals, which will be webcast on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 7 p.m. at arts.gov/poetry-out-loud. Actor and writer Shaun Taylor-Corbett will host an evening of recitations by the top nine finalists, with live interviews with the students and the announcement of the 2021 Poetry Out Loud National Champion. Long won the West Virginia Poetry Out Loud championship in March, with his video recitations of Istanbul 1983 by Sheila Black, An Autumn Sunset by Edith Wharton, and A Blessing by James Wright. As West Virginia’s champion, Long represented the state at the National Poetry Out Loud Semifinals on May 2, 2021. Out of 55 state and jurisdictional champions who competed in the national semifinals, Long was named one of only nine high school students who will compete in the National…

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