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MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. — The public is invited to view the work of some of Marshall County’s most creative young artists from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 10, as Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville celebrates the 30th annual Marshall County Student Art Show competition with a free reception and awards ceremony.

The exhibit featuring artwork by middle- through senior-high school students will remain on display during regular museum hours through Sunday, April 7.

Participating schools include Cameron High and Middle Schools, John Marshall High School, Sherrard Middle School, and Moundsville Middle School. The exhibition is produced by students from the Cameron High School Art Club and is coordinated by Vickie Jenree, art teacher and club adviser.

Lambros Tsuhlares, adjunct professor at the College of Arts and Communication at West Liberty University, will judge the artwork and the winners will be announced at the ceremony. The public also is invited to vote for “People’s Choice” awards during the opening reception.  Awards will be given for the most popular middle and high school entries. Top prizes for the competition include $50 savings bonds donated by BB&T Bank.

“The level and quality of student art in Marshall County is impressive and the exhibit’s opening reception helps to showcase this rich student talent,” says David Rotenizer, site manager at the facility.

For more information about the Marshall County Student Art Show or other events at Grave Creek Mound, contact Andrea Keller, cultural program coordinator at Grave Creek Mound, at (304) 843-4128 or email her at [email protected]. Indicate in the message if you are interested in receiving information about upcoming events at the mound.

Operated by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Grave Creek features one of the largest conical burial mounds built by the Adena people between 250-150 B.C. Exhibits and displays in the Delf Norona Museum interpret what is known about the lives of these prehistoric people and the construction of the mound. The complex also houses the West Virginia Archaeological Research and Collections Management Facility. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. It is closed on Mondays.

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.

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