CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West
Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) is announcing a call for
entries for its 20th biennial West Virginia Juried Exhibition. The show will be
on display at the Art Museum of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Since
1979, the exhibition has celebrated the exceptional talents and creativity of
Mountain State artists.
Submissions for the exhibit in
the form of slides, digital images on CD or USB flash drives will be accepted
from Monday, June 19 through Friday, Aug. 4. Artists may submit two pieces for
the exhibition with a limit of three slides/digital images per entry. Entry
forms and properly identified slides/images must be accompanied by a
non-refundable fee of $20 per piece. Make check payable to West Virginia
Division of Culture and History. Slides/digital images can be mailed to WVDCH, West
Virginia Juried Exhibition (WVJE) 2017, The Culture Center, 1900 Kanawha Blvd.,
E., Charleston, W.Va. 25305-0300, or can be hand-delivered to the Culture
Center at the State Capitol Complex.
Eligible entries include works
created in the past two years in the areas of painting, sculpture, printmaking,
drawing, photography, mixed media and crafts.
Entrants must be over the age of
18 and must be residents of or maintain a permanent residence in West Virginia.
Entrants also must complete a WVDCH Artists’ Register form and submit six
slides or digital images representative of current work for the file at the
division. The images submitted for the Artists’ Register are not used in
jurying entries into the exhibition.
A prospectus for the exhibit is
available online at www.wvculture.org/museum/juried/2017/juriedexperspectous2017.pdf.
The division will present up to
$33,000 in awards for the exhibition. The awards are made available through the
West Virginia Commission on the Arts and the WVDCH through funds appropriated
by the West Virginia Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Awards may include three $5,000 Governor’s Awards (purchase awards), seven
$2,000 Awards of Excellence (purchase awards) and eight $500 Merit Awards
(non-purchase awards). Works receiving Purchase Awards become part of the West
Virginia State Museum’s permanent art collection.
The exhibit will open at the Art
Museum with an awards ceremony and reception at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017,
and remain on display through Feb. 11, 2018. The exhibit showcases the work of
state artists and craftspeople and provides the public with a comprehensive
view of art and craft activities in the state.