Many attend juried exhibit awards ceremony
HUNTINGTON -- If you want to see the most wild and wonderful visual art works by West Virginia artists, there's only one place to be in the next couple of weeks -- The Huntington Museum of Art.
On Sunday afternoon, the Museum, located at 2033 McCoy Road, hosted the awards ceremony for West Virginia's oldest artists' organization, Allied Artists of West Virginia, and its 69th Juried Exhibit from West Virginia artists in all media.
The juried exhibit, which will be open through Sunday, July 13, features West Virginia artists from 34 different cities and towns across the Mountain State.
Benjy Davies, who teaches graphic design and printmaking at the University of Rio Grande and operates "Lucky Man Press" in Gallipolis, Ohio, juried the exhibit and selected 10 artists' work for a total of $5,250 in cash awards, including $1,000 Best in Show award that went to "Astronaut" by Brett Kern.
Eight Awards of Excellence (a $500 prize) were awarded for "Generation Z" by Myuki Akai Cook; "Untitled 13" by Rey Kleycamp; "Iron Man" by Joseph Lupo; "Bear" by Michael Mendez; "Five Apples & a Green Elephant" by Janet Parker; "Cross Tie Kingdom" by Brian Reed; "Rattle Series" by Barbara Walker and "Spirit Fish" by Cathy Wilkin.
The Marion S. Lehman Memorial Award of $250 went to Tessa Garver-Daniels for "Don't Stop Noticing Me."
This year, artists from various parts of West Virginia submitted 178 artworks. An independent juror selected 59 art works by 51 artists for the exhibit.
"We deeply appreciate the Huntington Museum of Art, HMOA Executive Director, Margaret Mary Layne, HMOA Senior Curator Jenine Culligan and the HMOA volunteers and support staff for hosting the exhibit and their creative presentation of WV artists' work," said Sandra King, president of Allied Artists. "Their spacious, professional gallery space shows the artists' work to its best advantage to all visitors. The Huntington Museum is probably the most outstanding fine arts museum in West Virginia and we are just honored that they accepted us and allowed us to do our show here."
King said she felt like Davies selected a wonderfully diverse show of the best of the state's contemporary artists.
"It just shows that West Virginia artists are national and international in their concepts of what they see and what they do," King said. "I believe this is one of the best shows that we have ever done. I think our juror did an excellent job in selecting a very diverse representation of many different types of art. That is how West Virginia artists are and I don't think West Virginia is unique in that, I think artists from every part of the country are doing their own thing and I think that's the way it should be. Art is your own creative idea."
West Virginia artists selected for the exhibit are: Brianna Allen, Kevin Carl Bennington, Laurie Cameron, Cheryl Canterbury, Patricia Chapman, Myuki Akai Cook, Pat Cross, Tessa Garver-Daniels, Charly Hamilton, Sharon Harms, Cheryl Ryan Harshman, Elisabeth Hartman, Paul Hartman, Deborah D. Herndon, Vernon F. Howell, Brian Humphreys, Barrie Kaufman, Sophia Kayafas, Brett Kern, Sandra King, Ray Kleycamp, Joseph Lupo, Ric MacDowell, Michael Mendez, Lorin Michki, Jan Millard, Mark Tobin Moore, Asuka Ng, Tommy Ogle, Steve Opet, Janet Parker,
Jamie Powers, Emily Prentice, Brian Reed, Lauri Lydy Reidmiller, Henry William Riffe II, Pat Roberts, Gregory Sava, Verena Sava, Ellie Schaul, Randy Selbe, Maggie Sherry, Connie Stover, Michael Teel, Wayne L. Vickers, Barbara Walker, April Waltz, Tommy Warf, Jerre Watkins, Cathy Wilkin and Barbara Marsh Wilson.
Several of the artists have had "Curator's Choice" solo exhibits at the HMA including Barrie Kauffman and Charly Hamilton, who also unveiled a new mural in Charleston on Sunday afternoon. Barboursville resident Vernon Howell will have a solo exhibit this fall.
Tommy Warf, who is getting his master's degree at Marshall, said getting juried into the exhibit was a big honor.
"Anytime you get juried into a show is an honor and anytime you get juried into a show that is housed in the Huntington Museum it is even more so," Warf said. "Growing up here that was always one of my goals to get my work shown here. Having my work shown and displayed with so many wonderful artists in this show, it really is a big deal to be a part of a group like this and to be shown as part of the very best of artists in West Virginia at this moment."
Warf said it is refreshing to see the wide range of work that is Mountain State made.
"The art work of West Virginia is so diverse; you get everything from traditional landscapes to very modern sculptures and paintings that are showing the so drastic differences in the art work being created here," Warf said. "People don't think of West Virginia as diverse, but the art world shows what it is."
King said the group carries on the legacy of inspiring, supporting and connecting the state's diverse artists.
"Allied Artists of WV started 70 years ago with a group of artists dedicated to higher aesthetic values in their communities," King said. "Answering the call through the years are many artists who have left their mark on West Virginia's cultural heart and history. Their legacy inspires up-and-coming artists to strive to express their creative ideas and perhaps even surpass the work of their predecessors. We are proud of all of them."
If You Go:
WHAT: West Virginia's oldest artists' organization, Allied Artists of West Virginia, and its 69th Juried Exhibit features 59 art works by 51 artists
WHERE: Huntington Museum of Art, 2033 McCoy Road
WHEN: Up through Sunday, July 13
SPONSORS: Sponsors for the eight awards of excellence include: Clay County Bar Association, Clay; Cyrus, Adkins & Walker, Attorneys at Law, Huntington; Increasing Knowledge of Polymers, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia; Ofutt, Nord, Burchett, PLLC, Huntington, and The Masters Law Firm, Charleston.
SEE THE EXHIBIT: The Huntington Museum of Art is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays (free admission on Tuesdays courtesy of Macy's); 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
CONTACT: Go online at www.hmoa.org or call 304-529-2701.
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