MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – Artists from Sutton, Barboursville and Wheeling won the top prizes in the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s 18th West Virginia Juried Exhibition, which opened Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Dunn Building in Martinsburg.
The exhibit featuring 53 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, mixed media and crafts created by 46 West Virginia artists is cosponsored by the Berkeley County Council. The public is invited to view the exhibit from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Feb. 21.
Ten pieces in the exhibit will be purchased and become part of the West Virginia State Museum’s permanent collection. Jurors Julie Peppito of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Samantha Wall of Portland, Ore., selected Sutton resident Tiera Floyd’s “Suzy,” Barboursville resident Vernon F. Howell’s “WV at 150” and Wheeling resident Robert Villamagna’s “Moundsville Prison Break, 1949” as this year’s $5,000 Governor’s Award winners. “Suzy” also received 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.
Artists receiving $2,000 Awards of Excellence include Jeff Diehl of Meadow Bridge for “Large Vessel,” Joseph Elbert of Leon for “Derecho 1,” Floyd for “Johnny,” Sharon Harms of Charleston for “A Tiger Convergence,” Barrie Kaufman of Charleston for “A Thin Blade,” Brian Reed of Ivydale for “Pillars of Fire” and Andrew Thorne of Buckhannon for “Appalachian Heritage.”
An additional eight Merit Awards of $500 were made that are not purchase awards and do not become part of the museum’s collections. They include Karen Ensor Brown of Buckhannon for “Peggy’s Iris,” Kristen Colebank of Wardensville for “Mumbles and Squeaks,” Diehl for “Lunar Lilies,” Charly Jupiter Hamilton of Charleston for “Easter Parade, Glenwood Avenue, West Side, Charleston, WV,” Howell for “Surveying the Aftermath,” Stephen Lawson of Morgantown for “Opening Up the Bucy #2 Mine Extension,” Brian Reed of Ivydale for “Desert Lotus,” and Pat Roberts of Charleston for “Typical Hillside Tipple (New River Gorge).”
(A complete list is included below.)
The exhibit is open to the public from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Dunn Building, 400 W. Stephen St., through Feb. 21.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History 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.
Photos of the art can be found at: http://wvculture.zenfolio.com .
For more information, contact Betty Gay, exhibits coordinator for the division, at (304) 558-0220, ext. 128.
The division is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary. Led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, the division 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 is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
2013 West Virginia Juried Exhibition Participants
Karen Ensor Brown
Sheila M. Chipley
Katherine M. Crim
Chris Dutch and Robin Hammer
Susan L. Feller
Charly Jupiter Hamilton
Cheryl Ryan Harshman
Vernon F. Howell
Taylor Lee Kelly
Ralph E. Kennedy
Staci M. Leech-Cornell
Ronald H. McCracken
Michael C. Mendez
Jamie R. Miller
Jack M. Rife
Barbara Harris Walker
R. S. Yoho
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