WHO: The West Virginia Division of
Culture and History and the Office of Secretary of Education and the Arts are
sponsoring the Congressional Art Awards program and exhibit, preceded by a
WHAT: Eight young West Virginia artists
have been selected as winners in the statewide 2017 Congressional Art
Competition. The students, in grades 9 through 12, were selected from more than
100 entrants who competed in this year’s competition. The three first-place
winners’ art will represent West Virginia in a yearlong Congressional Art
Competition exhibition at the United States Capitol Building in Washington. The
competition is sponsored by members of the United States Congress. These three
students each receive a $100 gift certificate from Dick Blick Art Materials.
Five second-place winners’ art will receive $50 gift certificates from Dick
Blick Art Materials.
There also will be a
drawing workshop led by Sharon Mullens, artist, teacher and former director of
exhibits at the Division of Culture and History. Cabinet Secretary Gayle
Manchin of the Office of Secretary of Education and the Arts will make the
awards presentations, and Fred Joseph, representing Congressman Alex Mooney and
Michael Chirico, representing Congressman Evan Jenkins will deliver
congressional messages. An exhibit opening in the Balcony Gallery will follow.
WHERE: The Culture Center, State
Capitol Complex, Charleston.
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 17. The drawing
workshop will be in the Great Hall of the Culture Center from 9 a.m. - noon.
The awards presentations and congressional messages will be in the Great Hall
at 1 p.m. The exhibit opening in the Balcony Gallery will immediately follow.
WHY: The annual exhibit is held to
celebrate National Youth Art Month.
The West Virginia Division
of Culture and History is an agency within the Office of Secretary of Education
and the Arts, Gayle Manchin, 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.