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2005 Youth Art Month 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 10 in the Balcony Gallery of the Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The program is produced in cooperation with the West Virginia Art 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 11, in the Great Hall of the Cultural Center.

Another 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 States Congress and culminates in a summer exhibition at the United States Capitol building.

An additional three $100 awards will be given for Best of Show, Arts and Technology and Watercolor. The juror also picked two Judge’s Awards and four Honorable Mention Awards.

All winners were chosen by Dunbar artist Susan Poffenbarger. Poffenbarger has a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University, and also has studied at Marshall University, the Art Students League in N.Y., in specialized workshops with Richard Treaster, Nell Blaine and Janet Fish among others, and participated in a drawing marathon at the New York Studio for Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. She has had 15 solo exhibitions at The Art Store in Charleston; the Miller Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio; the Cultural Center of Fine Arts in Parkersburg; West Virginia State University in Institute; University of Charleston; and West Virginia University in Morgantown. Her work also has been in more than 60 invitational and juried exhibitions winning numerous awards including the Governor’s Award and Merit Award in the 1999 West Virginia Juried Exhibition. Poffenbarger’s art can be seen in many collections including Sunrise Museum, Huntington Museum of Art, DiTrapano, Barrett & Dipiero Law Offices, Bank One, Charles Ryan Associates, Charleston Civic Center, and Holcomb Land Co. to name a few.

The Youth Art Month Exhibition consists of 85 pieces by 84 students, grades K-12, from 23 West Virginia counties. Artworks in the annual exhibition were selected from a statewide competition.

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, contact Stephanie Lilly, exhibits coordinator for the Division at (304) 558-0240, 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, Charleston
Through April 10, 2005

Winners - Youth Art Month Exhibition
Sandy Attia, Grade 12, Buckhannon-Upshur High School, Upshur County
Malanie Boucher, Grade 2, C. W. Shipley Elementary School, Jefferson County
Logan Dunbar, Grade K, Ranson Elementary School, Jefferson County
Timothy Elliot, Grade 9, Van Devander Junior High School, Wood County
Ali Ferrell, Grade 2, Sherman Elementary School, Boone County
Jamie Messer, Grade 4, Dunbar Intermediate School, Kanawha County
Miranda Morgan, Grade 12, Westside High School, Wyoming County
Kimberly Richardson, Grade 8, Buckhannon-Upsher Middle School, Upshur County

Congressional Award Winners
Brittani Bland, Grade 12, Liberty High School, Harrison County
Stephen Chapman, Grade 12, Sherman High School, Boone County
John Rogers, Grade 12, Richwood High School, Nicholas County

Best of Show Award
Bryant Gorrell, Grade 10, Jackson High School, Jackson County

Arts and Technology Award
Daniel Woody, Grade 12, Buckhannon-Upshur High School, Upshur County

Watercolor Award
Justin Smallridge, Grade 6, Andrew Jackson Middle School, Kanawha County

Judge’s Awards
Sam Farra, Grade 11, Parkersburg South High School, Wood County
Anna Fedders, Grade 12, Woodrow Wilson High School, Raleigh County

Honorable Mention Awards
Christina Dotson, Grade 10, Parkersburg South High School, Wood County
Kelsie Hinzman, Grade 1, Gilmore Elementary School, Jackson County
Isaac McKown, Grade 8, Ravenswood Middle School, Jackson County
Brittany Sexton, Grade 2, Ceredo Elementary School, Wayne County

Youth Art Month Participants

Boone County
Damian Bias, Grade 12, Scott High School
Stephen Chapman, Grade 12, Sherman High School
Ali Ferrell, Grade 2, Sherman Elementary School
Rachel Searls, Grade 8, Madison Middle School

Braxton County
Isaiah Gregory, Grade 8, Braxton County Middle School
Kattie McMillion, Grade 8, Braxton County Middle
School
Heather Smarr, Grade 8, Braxton County Middle School

Clay County
Ashleigh Bird, Grade 11, Clay County High School
Darrell Drake, Grade 12, Clay County High School
Joshua Duffield, Grade 12, Clay County High School
Angela Nichols, Grade 10, Clay County High School

Greenbrier County
Leah Amick, Grade 11, Greenbrier West High School
Tim Kaminski, Grade 12, Greenbrier West High School
Rob Stanley, Grade 12, Greenbrier West High School

Harrison County
Brittani Bland, Grade 12, Liberty High School
Doug Bran, Grade 3, Big Elm Elementary School
Stacy Elder, Grade 12, Liberty High School
McKayla McFelwayne, Grade 3, Big Elm Elementary
School

Jackson County
Jessica Anderson, Grade 11, Ripley High School
Bryant Gorrell, Grade 10, Jackson High School
Kelsie Hinzman, Grade 1, Gilmore Elementary School
Isaac McKown, Grade 8, Ravenswood Middle School

Jefferson County
Malanie Boucher, Grade 2, C. W. Shipley Elementary
School
Leigh Anne Cassell, Grade 11, Jefferson High School
Logan Dunbar, Grade K, Ranson Elementary School
Sarah King, Grade 12, Jefferson High School

Kanawha County
Jamie Messer, Grade 4, Dunbar Intermediate School
Edwin Parra, Grade 8, Horace Mann Middle School
Austin Slater, Grade 12, Capital High School
Justin Smallridge, Grade 6, Andrew Jackson Middle
School

Marion County
Travis Fluharty, Grade 9, North Marion High School
Junior Freeland, Grade 10, North Marion High School
Brandi Smith, Grade 12, North Marion High School

Marshall County
Kimberly Breiding, Grade 12, John Marshall High School
Katie Carney, Grade 12, John Marshall High School
Tabitha Cunningham, Grade 12, John Marshall High
School
Padmavati Seward, Grade 12, John Marshall High School

Mason County
Brandon Bell, Grade 12, Wahama High School
Whitney Dudding, Grade 11, Wahama High School
Amanda Maxwell, Grade 12, Wahama High School
Cory Parsons, Grade 11, Wahama High School

Monongalia County
William Brewer, Grade 10, Monongalia High School
Kristine Ericson, Grade 11, Morgantown High School
Jessie Griffith, Grade 5, North Elementary School
Joseph Homchenko, Grade 11, Morgantown High School

Nicholas County
Allen Hurst, Grade 9, Richwood Junior High School
John Rogers, Grade 12, Richwood High School
Jillian Smallwood, Grade 10, Nicholas County High
School
Katie Vest, Grade 7, Summersville Junior High School

Ohio County
Andrew Arensberg, Grade 8, Triadelphia Middle School
Christopher Barnehart, Grade 12, Wheeling Park High
School
Brianna Carroll, Grade 11, Wheeling Park High School
Eric Pietz, Grade 6, Triadelphia Middle School

Pleasants County
Annie Harris, Grade 5, Pleasants County Middle School
Kayla Jackson, Grade 6, Pleasants County Middle School
Jaclyn Kincaid, Grade 8, Pleasants County Middle School
Kristen Kincaid, Grade 6, Pleasants County Middle
School

Preston County
Sharon Fajardo, Grade 12, Preston High School
Tara Schooley, Grade 12, Preston High School
Daniel Swanson, Grade 7, Central Preston Middle School
Chelsea Wolfe, Grade 4, Aurora Elementary School

Raleigh County
Matthew Bowles, Grade 12, Independence High School
Anna Fedders, Grade 12, Woodrow Wilson High School
Kacy Korczyk, Grade 10, Woodrow Wilson High School

Randolph County
Sabrina Blankenship, Grade 12, Elkins High School
Benjamin Haas, Grade 10, Elkins High School

Upshur County
Sandy Attia, Grade 12, Buckhannon-Upshur High School
Megan Ferguson, Grade 4, Buckhannon-Upshur
Intermediate School
Kimberly Richardson, Grade 8, Buckhannon-Upshur
Middle School
Daniel Woody, Grade 12, Buckhannon-Upshur High
School

Wayne County
Mackenzie Caldwell, Grade 5, Kenna Elementary School
Brittany Sexton, Grade 2, Ceredo Elementary School

Wirt County
Ben Brainard, Grade 11, Wirt County High School
Angie Hutson, Grade 12, Wirt County High School
Bradley Murray, Grade 11, Wirt County High School
Meghan Schreckengost, Grade 12, Wirt County High
School

Wood County
Matthew Doerrna, Grade 11, Parkersburg High School
Christina Dotson, Grade 10, Parkersburg South High
School
Timothy Elliot, Grade 9, Van Devander Junior High
School
Sam Farra, Grade 11, Parkersburg South High School

Wyoming County
Ashley Bowles, Grade 11, Westside High School
Angela Curry, Grade 12, Westside High School
Michael Hamilton, Grade 12, Wyoming East High School
Miranda Morgan, Grade 12, Westside High School