March 7, 2012
Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville will open the 29th annual Marshall County Student Art Show competition with a reception and awards ceremony from 2 - 4 p.m., Sunday, March 11. The exhibit features artwork by middle through senior high school students. The reception is free and the public is invited to attend and participate in celebrating the accomplishments of the students. The show will remain on display through April 8.
Participating schools include Cameron Middle School, Cameron High School, John Marshall High School, Moundsville Middle School and Sherrard Middle School. The exhibition was produced by Cameron High School students and coordinated by Vickie Jenree, the art teacher and adviser for the Cameron High School Art Club.
Award winners will be announced at the ceremony. At the reception, the public is invited to vote for the “People’s Choice” awards that will be given for the most popular middle and high school entries. The show was judged by Brian Fencl, associate professor of art and chair of the department of journalism, communications studies, and visual art at West Liberty University. Prizes for the competition include $50 savings bonds donated by BB&T Bank for top awards.
“This art show has become an annual tradition at Grave Creek Mound. The level and quality of student art in Marshall County is impressive and the exhibit’s opening reception helps to showcase this rich student talent,” says David Rotenizer, site manager at the facility.
For more information about the Marshall County Student Art Show exhibit opening, contact Andrea Keller, cultural program coordinator at Grave Creek, at (304) 843-4128 or email her at Andrea.K.Keller@wv.gov.
Operated by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex features the largest conical burial mound in the New World and ranks as one of the largest earthen mortuary mounds anywhere in the world built by the Adena people. Exhibits and displays in the Delf Norona Museum interpret what is known about the lives of these prehistoric people and the construction of the mound. The museum is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. It is closed on Mondays. Access to the mound and gift shop closes 30 minutes before the museum.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary. The Division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the Division’s programs, events and sites, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.