CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History will host an awards ceremony and opening reception for the 2018 West Virginia Emerging Artists Juried Exhibition at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The event is free and open to the public.

The Department will present three awards for the exhibition. The Best of Show/Purchase Award will receive $1,000; second place will receive $500; and third place collects $250.

Eligible artists had to be 18 years of age and older and maintain a permanent domicile in West Virginia. Each artist could submit two pieces for the exhibit jurying in painting, print/drawing, mixed media, craft/wall hangings, photography, digital art and/or sculpture. All pieces must have been created between 2016 and 2018.

The exhibit will be on display in the balcony gallery of the Culture Center until Feb. 27, 2019. The Culture Center is open Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Charles Morris, director of museums for the department, at (304) 558-0220.