CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Artists from Fairmont, Marion County; Augusta, Hampshire County; and Richwood, Nicholas County, won the top prizes in the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History’s (WVDACH) 23rd biennial West Virginia Juried Exhibition, which opened Sunday, Nov. 5, at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston.

The exhibit, featuring 89 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, mixed media and crafts created by 66 West Virginia artists, is cosponsored by the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. The exhibit will remain on display through Feb. 10, 2024. A list of all exhibitors can be found at

Ten pieces in the exhibit will be purchased and become part of the West Virginia State Museum’s permanent collection. Jurors Stephen Wicks and Jennifer Kaplan, both of Knoxville, Tenn., selected three artists as this year’s $5,000 Governor’s Award winners, with one receiving the D. Gene Jordon Memorial Award, which is named for a former chairman of the West Virginia Commission on the Arts who died in 1989; seven pieces were awarded $2,000 Awards of Excellence; and an additional eight Merit Awards of $500 were chosen that are not purchase awards and do not become part of the museum’s collection.

The WVDACH proudly presents this biennial event in partnership with the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and with support from the West Virginia Legislature, which appropriates funding for the exhibition’s awards. The $33,000 in award money constitutes one of the largest endowments for a single exhibition in the country.

Many of the works on display are for sale and may be purchased through the closing of the exhibition. Photos of the 18 award-winning pieces can be found at:  

For more information, contact Rachel Keeney, exhibits coordinator for the department, at (304) 558-0220, ext. 175.

2023 West Virginia Juried Exhibition Winners:


Liuqing Ruth Yang

Fairmont, Marion County

Cydney with a Chinese Traditional Garment Han Fu

oil on linen


Susan Feller

Augusta, Hampshire County

Jane S. Choice Jan 22, 1973 – June 22, 2022

wool hooked through linen

Cecil Ybanez

Richwood, Nicholas County

Nature’s Prayer

air dry clay on metal candlesticks


Frederick Hays

Elkview, Kanawha County

Echoes of Appalachians

mixed media

Derek Overfield

Fairmont, Marion County

Spell of Silence

oil on canvas

Brian Reed

Ivydale, Clay County

Here Come the Crows #3

watercolor on paper

Nicole Suptic

White Oak, Raleigh County

Very Squeaky Kitty

colored pencil on paper board

Robert Villamagna

Wheeling, Ohio County


mixed media

Thomas Wharton

Wheeling, Ohio County

The Age of Innocence

oil on linen



oil on linen


John Ryan Brubaker

Thomas, Tucker County

A Walk Through Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge

photograph on paper

Donald Earley

Greenville, Monroe County


mixed media

Stephen Lawson

Morgantown, Monongalia County

A Day’s Haymaking on Asel’s Big Pasture

photograph on paper

Thorney Lieberman

South Charleston, Kanawha County

The Holy Land: The Shomron from Har Bracha Looking South

from Itamar to Tel Aviv and the Mediterranean

c-print photograph

Patrick Facemire

Gassaway, Braxton County


oil on canvas

Suzan Morgan

Buckhannon, Upshur County


textile wall hanging

Brian Reed

Ivydale, Clay County

Frog Portal

watercolor on paper

John Williams

Renick, Greenbrier County

Live Edge Cherry Table with Sculpted Stand

cherry wood sculpture