Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville will open the 26th annual Marshall County Student Art Show competition with a reception on Sunday, March 29, from 2 - 4 p.m. The exhibit features artwork by middle through senior high school students in grades six - 12. The exhibit and reception are free and the public is invited to attend and participate in celebrating the accomplishments of the students and voting for the “People’s Choice” award winner. The Marshall County Student Art Show will remain on display through April 22.
Students from Cameron Junior/Senior High School, John Marshall High School, Moundsville Middle School and Sherrard Middle School are included in the show. Cameron High School was instrumental in behind-the-scenes work for the exhibit and members of the school’s Art Club set up the show, created the exhibit guide and typed up lists of show participants and winners. Vickie Jenree, an art teacher at Cameron High School, coordinated the show and serves as advisor of the Cameron High School Art Club.
The artwork will be judged prior to the exhibit opening and award winners will be announced at the opening reception. Prizes for the competition include $50 saving bonds donated by BB&T Bank for top awards with additional funding for awards provided by Sherrard Middle School’s Faculty Senate.
Grave Creek’s participation in the Marshall County Student Art Show is a long-standing event that has grown from one school submitting work to a large show with most junior and senior high schools in the county participating. The exhibition has helped area students compete and win scholarships.
Grave Creek Mound will set up an activity table in conjunction with the exhibit where visitors can color butterflies to make magnets for the duration of the exhibit. In addition, on Sunday, April 5, from 2 - 3:30 p.m., there will be a Junior Artist Photoprint Workshop for students in grades two through six. The students will create designs on light sensitive paper and fabric squares using natural and found objects as well as some printed images. The final product will resemble blueprints and use sunlight and water to develop and set the images. Students will be encouraged to base their designs on art displayed in the Marshall County Student Art Show. Pre-registration is required for the workshop and there is a $5 material fee per person. Students must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information about the exhibition, or to register for the children’s workshop on April 5, contact Andrea Keller, cultural program coordinator for the complex, at (304) 843-4128, ext. 202, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Operated by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex features one of the largest and most famous burial mounds built by the prehistoric 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. Exhibits and displays in the complex’s museum interpret what is known about the lives of these prehistoric people and the construction of the mound. The Archaeological Complex is located at 801 Jefferson Ave., in Moundsville. Contact the museum for information regarding group registration and detailed driving directions. The museum is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Access to the mound closes 30 minutes before the museum.
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 Cultural Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Cultural 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.
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