Help Trim the 2021 Artistree!

The Office of First Lady Cathy Justice and The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History invite West Virginia artists of all ages 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 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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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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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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Department of Arts, Culture and History Accepting Entries for Annual Juried Quilt Exhibition Until May 3

 News… CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History (WVDACH) is still accepting entries for the 2021 West Virginia Quilts and Wall Hangings Juried Exhibition. The deadline to enter is Monday, May 3, at 4 p.m. This is the 40th year for the exhibition which will open Friday, May 28. The free summer-long exhibition will be displayed through Sept. 13, 2021. Quilts and wall hangings can be mailed, or hand delivered to Cailin Howe, exhibits coordinator for the department, at the Culture Center. Quilts and wall hangings, handmade or machine made, by West Virginia residents are eligible for the exhibition. Special consideration will be given to hand-quilted entries. Entrants may submit one quilt and one wall hanging. There is a nonrefundable fee of $20 per entry. Quilts and wall hangings shown previously in a WVDACH Quilts and Wall Hangings juried exhibition are not eligible. The prospectus…

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New Exhibit on Display at Culture Center in Charleston

 News… CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia State Museum is featuring the exhibition Mud, Hands, and Heat: Producing Pottery through the Centuries in the Balcony Gallery of the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The exhibition is free and open to the public, Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and runs through February 6. This exhibition of West Virginia pottery from the museum collections is reflective of donations of historic as well as contemporary creations covering over three centuries. The earliest pottery is from William Crickfield who created a churn that dates from 1825. Later pieces include Large Vessel by Jeff Diehl of Meadow Bridge, winner of the Award of Excellence in the 2013 West Virginia Juried Exhibition. Also included are salt-glazed stoneware, white body dinner wares and contemporary individual art potteries. Several companies are represented such as Carr China Company, D.E. McNicol Pottery Company and Warwick.…

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WVDACH Offers COVID-19 Peer Support Sessions for Artists and Arts Organizations

 News… CHARLESTON, W.Va. –The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture, and History and the State Arts Office will be facilitating a series of free-form and topic-focused discussions via online conferences centered around the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on artists and arts organizations in West Virginia. Each session will be approximately one hour long and free to join. No reservations are necessary. Schedule of Sessions: Friday, July 24, 10 a.m.: Free-Form Discussion for Arts Organization Staff. Share with fellow West Virginia arts and culture organizations staff how you are doing, what struggles you are having, what information you need, or what resources you have discovered. In turn, you can hold space for others, provide support, listen, and learn. Wednesday, July 29, 10 a.m.: Free-Form Discussion for Artists: Share with fellow West Virginia artists how you are doing, what struggles you are having, what information you need, or what resources you have discovered. In turn, you can…

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