CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) has unveiled a new exhibit, Portraits of Historic West Virginia Figures, the fourth and final installation 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 Aug. 26, 2012. The exhibition is free and the public is invited to view the show which consists of 29 works by 20 artists in the areas of painting, print/drawing, photography, mixed media and crafts. A complete list of exhibitors, including the award winners, is included.
Mary Gray, director of the Riffe Gallery for the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) in Columbus, Ohio, served as juror for the show. Gray is responsible for managing exhibition selection and coordination and all administrative work for the OAC. She oversees the gallery education program, marketing, designs installations and works with curators and artists. She has juried several exhibitions for museums, galleries and organizations in Ohio and regionally. Gray is a member of the Commission on the Moyer Judicial Center and is chair of the Art Acquisition Committee.
The Inspired series of exhibitions was conceived by WVDCH Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith 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.
For more information about the exhibition Portraits of Historic West Virginia Figures, 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.
Portraits of West Virginia Historic Figures Exhibitors
John Michael Vincent Barone
Jan Lewis Haddox
Laurel E. Mackenzie-Gage
Sandi K. Reinhart
Debbie Kalt Sisson
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