The West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) has unveiled a new exhibit, Historic Buildings and Structures, the second of four in the Inspired: A West Virginia Series of Juried Exhibitions at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The show is in the Commissioner’s Gallery of the West Virginia State Museum and will remain on display through July. The exhibition is free and the public is invited to come view the show.
The Inspired series of exhibitions was conceived by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith of the WVDCH as a way to commemorate the Mountain State’s sesquicentennial, which culminates in 2013. The series harkens back to the museum’s early days, when artists were asked to focus on a specific theme to help increase the size of the state’s art collection.
The exhibition consists of 34 works by 24 artists in the areas of painting, print/drawing, photography, mixed media and crafts/wall hanging. A complete list of exhibitors, including the award winners is included.
Jeffrey W. Allison, professional working artist and Paul Mellon Collection Educator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), served as juror for the show. He holds a bachelor’s degree in photography and film and a master’s degree in photography. Allison teaches at VMFA and was a consultant for the five book series, Show Me America, which focused on artists who have shaped the way we see our nation. Most recently, he was consultant on the upcoming Discovery Channel series Ancient Origins of Native Americans and the New York Times Magazine article “Horace Bristol and the Grapes of Wrath.”
For more information about the exhibition Historic Buildings and Structures, contact Charles Morris, director of museums and exhibits manager for the Division, at (304) 558-0220.
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.
Historic Buildings and Structures Exhibitors