CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Visitors to the Robert C. Byrd Courthouse in Charleston can enjoy an exhibit featuring 32 pieces of contemporary art from the West Virginia State Museum collection.  The exhibit showcases the creativity of some of the state’s well-known and emerging artists.

“We are proud to share this exhibit with the visitors and employees at the federal courthouse,” said Randall Reid-Smith, commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. “The West Virginia Juried Exhibition, from which this exhibit comes, has one of the nation’s largest endowments for a juried exhibition and allows us to grow the state’s collection of contemporary art.”

The Division introduced the biennial West Virginia Juried Exhibition in 1979. Open only to West Virginia artists, the exhibition provides the state with an opportunity to purchase art for the West Virginia State Museum collection.

“The quality of the art that is entered in this exhibition receives praise from national jurors each year the exhibition is held,” said Charles Morris, Museums director. “To date, the state has held 20 exhibitions and purchased more than 200 pieces of art, creating one of the best state-owned contemporary art collections in the country.”

The exhibit at the federal courthouse will be open until April 30.  It includes artworks from the first exhibition in 1997 to 2015. Art in the show includes the work of 32 artists from 15 counties. A list of the artists and their counties is below.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Morris at (304) 558-0220 or For photos of the art, go to  

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 The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

State Museum Contemporary Art Collection Exhibition:

Berkeley County
Sterling Smith, Photograph, Roundhouse, Martinsburg WV (2011)
Cabell County
Hanna Kozlowski-Stone, Huntington, Oil on Hand-cut Arches Paper, In the Limelight (2015)
Vernon F. Howell, Barboursville, Mixed Media, WV@150 (2013)
Allen Toney, Huntington, Electronic Painting, Madness Becomes You (2003)
Doddridge County
Beth Crowder, West Union, Pastel with Acrylic Under Paint, Garden Party with Guns (1989)
Fayette County
Benjamin Pettry, Oak Hill, Oil Painting, Fall is Coming (2010)
Gilmer County
George Harper, Glenville, Acrylic Painting, Checkmate (1989)
Jackson County
Kathy Gorrell, Sandyville, Pastel, Stacked Dish Hierarchy (1995)
Debbie Kalt Sisson, Ripley, Watercolor Painting, Dolly Sods (2010)
Greenbrier County
Mark Cline, Caldwell, Oil Painting, Easing Up (2011)
Kanawha County
Paula Clendenin, Cedar Grove, Collagraph, New Hampshire Morning (1981) and False Alarm (1983)
Craig Cunningham, Charleston, Photograph, Blueprint of Death (1981)
Bart Davies, Charleston, Pen and Ink, Step Out on the Town (1985)
Frederick D. Hays, Falling Rock, Oil Painting, Edge of the City (1987)
Deborah Herndon, Charleston, Photograph, The Way West and Star Theater: Patriots (2011)
Mitzi Lynn Kellogg, Charleston, Photograph, Mirrored Heartbreak (1991) and Precious Memory (1993)
Richard S. Lee, Charleston, Photograph, Mrs. Miller and Her Friend (1985)
Ronald H. McCracken, Charleston, Photograph, Play it Again, Who? (1985)
Josh Saul, Charleston, Oil Painting, Kitchen (2005)
N. David Stern, Charleston, Photograph, Parking Lot Under Construction (1987)
Ellie Schaul, Charleston, Watercolor and Latex Painting, Summer 1984 No. 2 (1985)
Thomas N. Smith, Charleston, Oil Painting, Shaker (2005)
Maggie Starcher, South Charleston, Watercolor Painting, Towards the End (2011)
William Tiernan, Charleston, Photographs, Shift Change at No.6 and Vietnam Vet (1979)
Marion County
Lauren Adams, Oil Painting, Mon River in November (2009)
Monongalia County
Cassie Clements, Morgantown, Oil Painting, Self Portrait of Studio (2009)
Virginia Derryberry, Morgantown, Prismacolor Pencil and Acrylic, Fire Engine (1985)
Nicholas County
Jurgen Lorenzen, Photograph, Portia Hamrich (1981)
Ohio County
Karl Jacobson, Wheeling, Oil Pastel, Push Up (1989)
Pleasants County
Karen Chamblin, Belmont, Oil Painting, Nasturtiums (2015)
Putnam County
Barbara Marsh Wilson, Hurricane, Hand-colored Monoprint, Pie Recipe (1993)
Wood County
Christine Rhodes, Parkersburg, Acrylic Painting, Balancing Act (2015)