MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The 20th biennial West Virginia Juried Exhibition will open at the Art Museum of West Virginia University in Morgantown on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. Eighty West Virginia artists were selected for the exhibit, which will feature 84 pieces, including painting, drawing, mixed media, craft, photography, digital art, sculpture and print.  Twenty-eight counties are represented in the show.

The exhibit opening reception is free and open to the public. The exhibit will remain at the Art Museum of West Virginia University until Feb. 11, 2018.

“The West Virginia Juried Exhibition continues its tradition of presenting the best of our state’s well-known and emerging artists,” said West Virginia Division of Culture and History Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith. “We are pleased to open this year’s exhibit in Morgantown, which will be the seventh city in which we have enjoyed showcasing the exhibit.” In past years, the exhibition has been in Beckley, Martinsburg, Wheeling, Huntington, Parkersburg and Charleston.

At the opening reception, the division will announce the exhibition award winners. Governor’s Awards winners will receive $5,000 for their work. Awards of Excellence winners will receive $2,000 for their work. These are purchase awards, and the art will become part of the West Virginia State Museum permanent contemporary art collection.

Merit Awards of $500 each will also be presented that afternoon.

The following artists, by county, will be featured in the exhibition:

Kevin Dartt, Martinsburg – sculpture

Steve Balcourt, Exchange – photography

Herb Weaver, Bethany – sculpture

David Seth Cyfers, Huntington – mixed media
Vernon F. Howell, Barboursville – mixed media
Anthony Kelly, Milton – sculpture
Leona Mackey, Huntington – sculpture
Don McDowell, Huntington – painting

Matthew Carr, Meadow Bridge – painting
F. Brian Ferguson, Oak Hill – photography
Machele Kindle, Montgomery – crafts
Shea Wells, Fayetteville – mixed media

Alex Brand, Lewisburg – sculpture
Mark Jennings, Hinton – photography
Melinda Russell, Alderson – mixed media

Susan Feller, Augusta – crafts

Seth Hill, Clarksburg – painting

Bruce Fransen, Harpers Ferry – sculpture

Dick Allowatt, St. Albans – mixed media
Chris Dutch, Charleston – crafts
Bob Fisher, Charleston – sculpture
Tom Hindman, St. Albans – photography
Jim Jackson, Charleston – painting
Michael Keller, St. Albans – photography
Chet Lowther, Charleston – painting
Betty McMullen, Charleston – painting
Awyn Danielle McQueen-Milam, St. Albans – painting
Taylor W. Raab, Charleston – photography
Thad Settle, Dunbar – painting
Clayton Spangler II, Charleston – photography
Maggie Starcher, South Charleston – painting
Regina G. Swim, Charleston – crafts

Eddie Austin, Hamlin – crafts
Ric MacDowell, Hamlin – photography
Maggian Thompson, Ranger – drawing

Stephanie Dulaney, Fairmont – crafts

Betsy A. Cox, Glen Dale – crafts

John Coffey, Princeton – drawing
Leiane Gibson, Princeton – photography
Michael A. Sizemore, Athens – sculpture

Randall Sanger, Williamson – photography

Dylan Collins, Morgantown – sculpture
Linda S. Gribko, Morgantown – digital art
Alison Helm, Morgantown – sculpture
Stephen Lawson, Morgantown – photography
Michael Loop, Morgantown – mixed media
Joseph Lupo, Morgantown – print
Amy Schissel, Morgantown – painting
Tiera Tanner, Morgantown – painting
Randy B. Williams, Independence – painting
Jenny Wilson, Morgantown – painting
Gabe DeWitt, Morgantown – drawing

Kylene Babski, Lindside – drawing
Adrienne Biesemeyer, Alderson – crafts

Anne Johnson, Summersville – photography

Brian Fencl, Wheeling – painting
Cheryl Ryan Harshman, Wheeling – print
Janet Hart, Wheeling – painting
Robert Villamagna, Wheeling – mixed media
Thomas Wharton, Wheeling – painting

Michele Binegar, St. Marys – digital art

Douglas Chadwick, Hillsboro – photography

Pat Cross, Eleanor – painting
Chris Krupinski, Hurricane – painting
Randy Selbe, Hurricane – mixed media
Linda Stonestreet, Hurricane – painting

Sheila M. Hardaway-Cain, Beckley – painting
Nicole Suptic, White Oak – drawing

Don Hall, Elkins – painting
Marjorie Moses, Elkins – digital art

Chuck Conner, Spencer – photography

Robin McClintock, Hendricks – mixed media

Thomas R. Fletcher, Cowan – photography

Melony Gingery, Parkersburg – painting
Lavana Lemley, Vienna – sculpture
Jeff Morehead and Becky Anderson, Mineral Wells – digital art
Christine Rhodes, Parkersburg – painting
Damon Rhodes, Parkersburg – photography
Norm Sartorius, Parkersburg – crafts

The division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, is an agency within the Office of Secretary of Education and the Arts with Gayle Manchin, cabinet secretary. It 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 of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.