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A Decade of Winners: 1989-1999 exhibition to be on display at Grave Creek Mound


The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will unveil an exhibition, The West Virginia Juried Exhibition—A Decade of Winners: 1989-1999, at its Delf Norona Museum, Grave Creek Mound Historic Site, Moundsville, on Sunday, Jan. 13. The exhibition will remain on display through Feb. 28. A free reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibition will be held at the museum from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13.

A Decade of Winners features artwork from the biennial West Virginia Juried Exhibition that now belongs to the West Virginia State Museum collection. Considered among the finest works created by West Virginians at the time, the show covers a wide array of styles and media that represent artists at various stages of their careers. (A complete list of artists and their works is attached.) Eleven works by 10 artists and craftspeople will comprise the show.

Visitors can see such contemporary examples as the haunting surrealism of Marta Kremer’s 1993 “Dance,” the abstract expressionism of Caryl Toth, the mixed media compositions of Richard Wolfe’s 1991 “Henry Van De Velde” and Sonya Evanisko’s 1997 “Lavender Blue, Dilly Dilly,” and the whimsical works of David Riffle and Jonathan Heath.

Photographs and realistic works round out the show and include the oil on linen “Potomac North-South Branch” painting by Stan Sporny, the dual Governor’s award-winning photographs “Plum” and “Power Plant” by Frank Herrera, Kathy Gorrell’s 1995 “Stacked Dish Hierarchy” and the muted pastel by Susan Poffenbarger entitled “Blue Ridge and Cedars.”

Obtaining outstanding new works for the State Museum collection is one of the goals of the West Virginia Juried Exhibition. Organized by the Division in 1979, the exhibition has awarded $395,000 to West Virginia artists and craftspeople in 12 shows. One hundred forty works of art have been purchased for the permanent collection, documenting the artwork of this era for future visitors.

Out-of-state jurors chose which pieces would comprise each exhibition and picked the winners. Although some of the artists have moved away or changed careers, their work still serves to project the best of an era.

For more information about A Decade of Winners: 1989-1999 or the West Virginia Juried Exhibition 2001, call Stephanie Lilly, exhibits coordinator for the Division at (304) 558-0220, ext. 128.

Grave Creek Mound Historic Site is located at 801 Jefferson Avenue in Moundsville. For more information about the site, call (304) 843-4128.

Operated by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Grave Creek Mound is one of the largest and most famous of the burial mounds built by the Adena people. A massive undertaking, construction of the mound took place in successive stages from about 250-150 B.C. and required the movement of more than 60,000 tons of earth.

The mound and the Delf Norona Museum, which opened in December 1978, are open year round to visitors. Operating hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1- 5 p.m. The facility is available for parties, receptions, business meetings and other events. An interpretive lecture is available to groups by reservation.

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 for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

List of Exhibitors

Sonya Evanisko
Lavender Blue, Dilly Dilly
Mixed Media

Kathy Gorrell
Stacked Dish Hierarchy

Jonathan Heath
Campfire Girls

Frank P. Herrera

Frank P. Herrera
Power Plant

Marta Kremer
Oil on Canvas

Susan Poffenbarger
Blue Ridge and Cedars

David Riffle
Up Close and Personal
Mixed Media

Stan Sporny
Potomac North-South Branch
Oil on Linen

Caryl Toth
Return to Sources
Mixed Media

Richard Wolfe
Henry Van De Velde
Mixed Media

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