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The mission of the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History is to identify, preserve, protect, promote and present the ideas, arts and artifacts of West Virginia's heritage, building pride in our past accomplishments and confidence in our future.


Welcome from Curator Randall Reid-Smith.

Commissioner Randall Reid-SmithIt's November! The Mountain State has begun to feel the cool breeze of autumn and the commencement of the holiday season will soon be upon us.

Join us on November 6 in Great Hall of the Culture Center at 11:30AM for the unveiling of First Lady Cathy Justice's 2019 holiday ornament. The limited-edition ornament will be sold following the reveal.

On Friday, November 8 in advance of Veterans Day, Gov. Jim Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice will host a youth salute to veterans' ceremony in the State Theater at the Culture Center. "Once and Future Patriots" will feature the Nitro High School student and teacher who jointly became the first West Virginians to earn entry into the prestigious Albert H. Small Normandy Institute. The ceremony will also debut the 20 winning cards submitted by West Virginia schoolchildren for First Lady Cathy Justice's Thank A Veteran Contest. Third, fourth and fifth graders from 54 schools in 24 counties created 2,785 cards for this installment of the First Lady's Student Artist Series. Each card will be given to a veteran in honor of Veterans Day.

On November 17, we invite you to the West Virginia State Museum at the Culture Center for the opening of the 21st biennial 2019 Juried Exhibition, featuring 101 West Virginia artists. At 2:00PM the department will announce the exhibition award winners during the opening reception ceremony. Governor's Award winners will receive $5,000 for their work. Awards of Excellence winners will receive $2,000 for their work. These are purchase awards, and the art will become part of the West Virginia State Museum permanent contemporary art collection.

We feel a great sense of pride and are honored to be able to present the best of West Virginia with all these programs. I hope you will join us whenever you can!

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