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The Vandalia Award: 1981-1998

This traveling exhibition features photographic portraits of the first 18 recipients of West Virginia's highest folklife honor-the Vandalia Award. The black and white portraits of these mainstays of West Virginia folklife were done over the past 20 years by photographers Steve Payne, Rick Lee and Michael Keller.

Among those featured in the exhibition are "Aunt Jennie" Wilson of Logan County, who became one of the first women in the region to learn to play the banjo; Clay County fiddler Wilson Douglas, whose family history represents some of the state's deepest musical traditions; one of West Virginia's best-loved storytellers, Bonnie Collins of Doddridge County; fiddler Mike Humphreys of Elkview, who regularly played on radio and television throughout the state; and barber-turned-banjo player Andy Boarman of Berkeley County.

For more information about this touring exhibit, contact Darren Husband at (304) 558-0220, or