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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Culture and History has extended the deadline for entrants into the 2017 West Virginia Quilts and Wall Hangings Juried Exhibition to Monday, May 1. This year’s show will open Friday, May 26, with an awards ceremony at the annual Vandalia Gathering at the Culture Center on the State Capitol Complex. The free summer-long exhibition will be displayed through Sept. 5, 2017.

Quilts and wall hangings can be mailed or hand-delivered to Cailin Howe, exhibits coordinator for the division, at the Culture Center until May 1.

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 Division of Culture and History Quilts and Wall Hangings juried exhibition are not eligible.

Awards are presented for first- ($750), second- ($400) and third-place ($300) in the following categories: pieced quilts, appliqued quilts and quilts made with mixed/other techniques. Wall hangings will receive $400 for first-place, $300 for second-place and $200 for third-place.

In addition, a Best of Show prize of $100 may be awarded by the juror. Honorable mention or other non-monetary awards are given at the discretion of the judge. The Division of Culture and History will provide two Purchase Awards and add the purchased quilt and wall hanging to the West Virginia State Museum collection.

The prospectus and entry information for the 2017 Quilts and Wall Hangings Juried Exhibition can be downloaded at http://www.wvculture.org/museum/Quilts/quiltinfopage.html

For more information about the Quilts and Wall Hangings exhibit or to request a printed prospectus, contact Howe at (304) 558-0220 or [email protected].

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the Office of Secretary of Education and the Arts with Gayle Manchin, 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.

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