“The West Virginia Juried Exhibition continues its tradition of presenting the best of our state’s well-known and emerging artists,” said West Virginia Division of Culture and History Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith. “We are pleased to open this year’s exhibit in Morgantown, which will be the seventh city in which we have enjoyed showcasing the exhibit.” In past years, the exhibition has been in Beckley, Martinsburg, Wheeling, Huntington, Parkersburg and Charleston.
At the opening reception, the division will announce the exhibition award winners. Governor’s Awards winners will receive $5,000 for their work. Awards of Excellence winners will receive $2,000 for their work. These are purchase awards, and the art will become part of the West Virginia State Museum permanent contemporary art collection.Merit Awards of $500 each will also be presented that afternoon.