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2004 Youth Art Exhibition winners announced

Eight young artists have been selected as winners in the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s annual Youth Art Month Exhibition, which is on display through April 24 in the wings of the Lobby and Balcony Galleries of the Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The program is produced in cooperation with the West Virginia Education Association and the West Virginia Department of Education, in celebration of National Youth Art Month.

The winners’ work will be placed in the permanent collection of the West Virginia State Museum. Each of the eight winners will receive a $50 gift certificate from Dick Blick Art Materials at an awards ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 12, in the Great Hall of the Cultural Center. In addition, three works in the exhibition have been selected to represent West Virginia in the annual Congressional Art Competition for High School students. The Congressional Competition is sponsored by members of the United State Congress and culminates in a summer exhibition at the United States Capitol building.

The Youth Art Month Exhibition consists of 82 pieces by 80 students, grades K-12, from 21 West Virginia counties. Artworks in the annual exhibition were selected from a statewide competition. All winners were chosen by Charleston artist Jan Griffin. Griffin studied at Marshall University under the guidance of June Kilgore, and later opened Sassafrolly Studio where she works on a daily basis, creating limited edition silk screen prints and watercolor monoprints. She has been in more than 100 juried exhibitions and numerous invitational gallery shows. Griffin’s work can be found in many collections including FMC Corp., Blue Cross Blue Shield of West Virginia, Baltimore Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Va., West Virginia Water Company and Cedar Lakes Arts and Crafts Fair to name a few. Her work has won awards including the West Virginia Artist Award at the Cultural Center of Fine Arts in Parkersburg in 2000, Honorable Mention in the prestigious Miniature Sculptors, Painters and Gravers Society’s annual international competition in Washington, D.C. and most recently an Awardof Excellence for her serigraph Nude at Dusk at the West Virginia Juried Exhibition 2003 at the Cultural Center.

A list of the winners is enclosed along with a complete list of students whose work is included in the exhibition.

Youth Art Month was established to underscore the importance of including arts experiences in all students’ education. For more information about the Youth Art Month Exhibition, call Stephanie Lilly, exhibits coordinator for the Division, at (304) 558-0220, ext. 128.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s website at www.wvculture.org for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Youth Art Month Exhibition
Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex Through April 24, 2004
Winners - Youth Art Month
Emily Berry, Grade 8, Pleasants County Middle School, Pleasants County
Ashley Cronin, Grade 5, Pleasants County Middle School, Pleasants County
Barbie Henderson, Grade 10, North Marion High School, Marion County
Brittany Hillberry, Grade 8, Bridge Street Middle School, Ohio County
Emilee Kibble, Grade 3, Gilmore Elementary School, Jackson County
Rebecca Miller, Grade 6, Pleasants County Middle School, Pleasants County
Hannah Reger, Grade 8, B-U Middle School, Upshur County
Cody Wells, Grade 5, Pleasants County Middle School, Pleasants County

Congressional Award Winners
Jonathan Anthony, Grade 12, Scott High School, Boone County
Laura Fox , Grade 12, Wheeling Park High School, Ohio County
Tyler Kelly, Grade 12, Ravenswood High School, Jackson County
Best of Show: Tyler Kelly, Grade 12, Ravenswood High School, Jackson County
Arts and Technology Award: Barbie Henderson, Grade 10, North Marion High School, Marion County
Watercolor Award: Rebecca Miller, Grade 6, Pleasants County Middle School, Pleasants County

YOUTH ART MONTH PARTICIPANTS
BOONE COUNTY
John Paul Abbott, Madison Elementary School, Grade 5
Jonathan Anthony, Scott High School, Grade 12
Jennifer Dempsey, Scott High School, Grade 11
Troy A. Dowell, Madison Middle School, Grade 7
BRAXTON COUNTY
Garlyn Jackson, Flatwoods, Elementary School, Grade 1
Taquila Morrison, Flatwoods Elementary School, Grade 4
Braxton Ridler, Braxton County Middle School, Grade 7
Danielle Sartin, Braxton County Middle School, Grade 8
CLAY COUNTY
Ryan Matthew Beasley, Clay County High School, Grade 12
Ashleigh Michelle Bird, Clay County High School, Grade 10
Amanda Lynn Ferrebee, Clay County High School, Grade 11
Candace June Harrison, Clay County High School, Grade 12
DODDRIDGE COUNTY
Caleb Cada, Doddridge County Middle School, Grade 5
Salena Moore, Doddridge County Middle School, Grade 6
Curtis Sarine, Doddridge County Middle School, Grade 8
Amanda Stalnaker, Doddridge County Middle School, Grade 6
GILMER COUNTY
Luke Beall, Glenville Elementary School, Grade 2
Joel Roberts, Glenville Elementary School, Grade 5
GREENBRIER COUNTY
Sarah Fleshman, Greenbrier West High School, Grade 12
Tomas Theodore Sanford, Greenbrier West High School, Grade 12
Britney Ann Walkup, Greenbrier West High School, Grade 10
Megan Wickline, Greenbrier West High School, Grade 12
JACKSON COUNTY
Meghan Francis, Ravenswood Middle School, Grade 8
Tyler Kelly, Ravenswood High School, Grade 12
Emilee Kibble, Gilmore Elementary School, Grade 3
Chris Thomas, Ripley High School, Grade 10
JEFFERSON COUNTY
Alexander Cutshaw, Shipley Elementary School, Grade 3
Ashley Mohr, Ranson Elementary School, Grade 2
Victoria Lee Reiser, South Jefferson Elementary School, Grade 5
Amanda Tesh, Jefferson High School, Grade 10
KANAWHA COUNTY
Sierra Nicole Casto, Andrew Jackson Middle School, Grade 6
Tinie Hosey, Sissonville High School, Grade 12
Maria Guadalupe Lopez, Andrew Jackson Middle School , Grade 6
Jennifer Povick, Sissonville High School, Grade 12
MARION COUNTY
Lyndsay Bartlett, North Marion High School, Grade 12
Barbie Henderson, North Marion High School, Grade 10
April Hughes, North Marion High School, Grade 10
Jacob Wolfe, North Marion High School, Grade 10
MERCER COUNTY
Matt Brooks, Princeton High School, Grade 11
Deanna Burdette, Lashmeet/Matoaka School, Kindergarten
Christopher Roberts, Princeton Middle School, Grade 8
Cory Vest, Straley Elementary School, Grade 5
NICHOLAS COUNTY
Samuel Mark Butcher, Summersville Junior High School, Grade 9
James M. Dempsey, Richwood Junior High School, Grade 9
Clayton Little, Summersville Junior High School, Grade 9
Nicholas Young, Richwood High School, Grade 12
OHIO COUNTY
Laura Fox, Wheeling Park High School, Grade 12
Amber Garlitz, Triadelphia Middle School, Grade 7
Brittany Hillberry, Bridge Street Middle School, Grade 8
Kelsey Volner, Bridge Street Middle School, Grade 6
PLEASANTS COUNTY
Emily Berry, Pleasants County Middle School , Grade 8
Ashley Cronin, Pleasants County Middle School, Grade 5
Rebecca Miller, Pleasants County Middle School, Grade 6
Cody Wells, Pleasants County Middle School, Grade 5
PRESTON COUNTY
Ryan Anthony Alexander, Preston High School, Grade 12
Sara Beth Chroussis, Preston High School, Grade 12
Tyler Ray Dixon, Central Preston Middle School, Grade 7
Matthew Wilbur Edwin Murry, West Preston Middle School, Grade 8
RALEIGH COUNTY
Douglas Harper, Woodrow Wilson High School, Grade 10
Sonal Vinod Parmar, Woodrow Wilson High School, Grade 11
Jessica Ann Rees, Woodrow Wilson High School, Grade 11
Stephanie Michelle Salts, Woodrow Wilson High School, Grade 9
RANDOLPH COUNTY
Mindy Blosser, Elkins High School, Grade 11
Daniel Byers, Elkins High School, Grade 12
Leesa Lorrayne Ice, Elkins High School, Grade 11
Chris Riggleman, Elkins High School, Grade 11
UPSHUR COUNTY
Anthony Fabbricatore, Buckhannon Upshur High School, Grade 11
Dillon Polig, Tennerton Elementary School, Grade 5
Hannah Reger, B-U Middle School, Grade 8
Emily Sloane, B-U Middle School, Grade 7
WIRT COUNTY
Stacy Lynn Dye, Wirt County High School, Grade 11
Eryn Gray, Wirt County High School, Grade 9
Sean B. Orso, Wirt County High School, Grade 12
Nathanael Watkins, Wirt County Middle School, Grade 6
WOOD COUNTY
Matt Sheridan Burdette, Parkersburg South HighSchool, Grade 12
Christina Feng, Jackson Junior High School, Grade 8
Samantha Cristeen Keith, Parkersburg South High School, Grade 12
Brad James Sheppard, Parkersburg South High School, Grade 11
WYOMING COUNTY
Kyle McGlothlin, Wyoming County East High School, Grade 12
Miranda Morgan, Westside High School, Grade 11