The West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) will open the 16th biennial West Virginia Juried Exhibition 2009 on Sunday, Oct. 18, in the Daywood Gallery at the Huntington Museum of Art, 2033 McCoy Road, Huntington. West Virginia artists and craftspeople will be presented with 18 awards totaling $33,000 in a ceremony which will begin at 2 p.m. The ceremony will precede the opening of the exhibit which features 89 works in the areas of painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography, mixed media and crafts by 74 artists. The exhibition will remain on display through Jan. 17, 2010.
A reception will follow the ceremony. The awards ceremony and reception are free and the public is invited to attend.
The 89 pieces of art in the exhibit, including the award winners, were chosen by jurors Julie Taggart, professor, dean, fine arts and foundation studies at Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio, and Vince Torano, professor at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich. Taggart and Torano viewed more than 375 submissions to select the show. The awards money is made available through the West Virginia Commission on the Arts (WVCA) of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History from funds appropriated by the West Virginia Legislature. The awards constitute one of the largest endowments for any single juried exhibition in the country.
There are three Governor’s Awards of $5,000, and seven Awards of Excellence of $2,000, all of which are purchase awards and at the close of the exhibition will become part of the West Virginia State Museum contemporary art collection. In addition, there are eight Merit Awards of $500 which do not become part of the museum’s collection. (A complete list of participants is attached. The award winners and photos will be released next week.)
Many of the works on display are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition. The Huntington Museum of Art is open from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Tuesday; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday.
For more information about the West Virginia Juried Exhibition 2009, contact Betty Gay, exhibits coordinator for the Division, at (304) 558-0220, ext. 128, or Margaret Mary Layne, executive director of the Huntington Museum of Art, at (304) 529-2701.
From its inception in 1979 until 2005, the West Virginia Juried Exhibition was presented at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex, Charleston. In 2007, Randall Reid-Smith, commissioner of the WVDCH, decided to have the exhibition travel to Parkersburg, sharing the best in art with yet another community in the Mountain State. “One of my goals has been to touch every part of our state with outstanding cultural events. We are delighted to have the opportunity to expand our outreach to the community by placing the West Virginia Juried Exhibition 2009 in Huntington,” he said.
“The Huntington Museum of Art has enjoyed working with the outstanding leadership at the Division of Culture and History to bring this exciting exhibit to the Huntington area,” added Layne.
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. Its administrative offices are located at the Culture Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Culture Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. The agency also operates a network of museums and historic sites across the state. For more information about the Division’s programs, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
WEST VIRGINIA JURIED EXHIBITION 2009 EXHIBITORS
Dream – In Black and White
Rio Plant Stand Set
Stone Top Table
The School Bus
The Art Student
#2 Power House
Lime Softener Tanks
Valley Falls Panorama
Self Portrait of Studio
The Three Amigos
Fields of Gold
Chris Dutch and Robin Hammer
#1 Byzantine/Onyx Necklace – Sterling Silver
Chain Mail Bib Necklace
God’s Art Work
My Rabbit Problem
Bruce Haley Jr.
The Mill Runs Dry #2
Charles Jupiter Hamilton
My Cousin’s Wedding
The 4th Station of the Cross
Steeple at Alma
The Sacred Meadow
West Virginia Coal Basket
Gone Today, Gone Tomorrow
Carrying “Pride and Prejudice”
Citizen/Soldier: Lt. Jessica Lantz, West Virginia National Guard
Bear Rocks I
Crystal Grotto of Golden Skulls
Electricity [For Don Van Vliet]
Ketchup A Hole
Big, Big Heart
Yellow Birch, Betula Alleghaniensis, Dolly Sods Wilderness
Basket Oak, Quercus Michauxii, Jefferson County
Converge and Abyss
J. P. Owens
Masks of Manhattan
Robeo and Baby Blue Juliet, On the Road Again
Peel-off Raku Vase, White
Peel-off Raku Vase, Red
A Pause for Refreshment
Women Warriors – Charleston, WV
New Orleans 2005 – An American Tragedy
Give up the Ghost
Monday by the Sea of Ionia
Barbara Marsh Wilson
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