BECKLEY, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) will open its biennial exhibition, the West Virginia Juried Exhibition 2015, on Sunday, Nov. 8, at TAMARACK: The Best of West Virginia in Beckley. An awards ceremony and opening reception will take place at 4 p.m. that day. The exhibit features 119 works in the areas of painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography, mixed media and crafts by 95 artists. The exhibit will remain on display through Feb. 21, 2016.

The 119 works of art in the exhibit, including 10 award winners, were chosen by jurors John A. Hancock, full-time professional studio artist in Waynesboro, Va., and Lenore Thomas, associate professor of studio arts at the University of Pittsburgh’s Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. 

(A complete list of exhibitors in the show and photographs of art will be available Monday, Nov. 9)

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History proudly presents this biennial event in partnership with the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and with support from the West Virginia Legislature, which appropriates funding for the exhibition’s awards.

Tamarack, with its red, peaked roof, is located on the right off exit 45 of the West Virginia Turnpike (I-64E/I-77S) and can be reached at (304) 256-6843. Operating hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in November and December and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in January and February.

For more information about the opening reception, contact Caryn Gresham, deputy commissioner for the division, at (304) 558-0220.

The division is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary. Led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, the division 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 The division is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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