The Vandalia Award

Each year at the Vandalia Gathering, West Virginia's highest folklife honor - the Vandalia Award - is presented in a ceremony on the stage of the Cultural Center theater. The individuals who receive this award embody the spirit of our state's folk heritage and are recognized for their lifetime contribution to West Virginia and its traditional culture.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Vandalia Gathering, we present a gallery of the recipients of this prestigious award. Originally assembled as a 1999 exhibition in the State Museum, the collection was made possible in part by funds from a Folklife Infrastructure grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Division of Culture and History through the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

We have revised and updated the exhibition to include the most recent recipients.

Spring 2001 Goldenseal