Gov. Jim Justice, the West Virginia Department of Tourism, and the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History invite all West Virginia students in grades Kindergarten -12 to participate in the 2024 Almost Heaven Governor’s Art Exhibition.
Entries are currently being accepted, and the deadline for submissions is Dec. 13 (hand-delivered or postmarked no later than Dec. 6). Only one entry may be submitted per student.
Designed to showcase student creativity and the arts, this year’s exhibition is a call for one-of-a-kind postcard designs illustrating star gazing at one’s favorite West Virginia park or public lands. Selected postcard artwork will later be used by the Department of Tourism to personally invite travelers to Almost Heaven.
Awards will be given out to first, second, and third places in three categories: elementary school, middle school, and high school. Winners will receive Blick Art Materials gift cards in the amounts of $100, $50, and $25.
Artwork can be standard postcard size, 5” W x 3-1/2” H or 6” W x 4-1/4” H with a maximum of 11” W x 6” H and weigh no more than 3 pounds. Painting, printmaking, digital art, drawing, photography and mixed media are all acceptable mediums. All artwork must include a submission form.
Artwork and submission form should be dropped off or mailed to: WVDACH, Attn: Rachel Keeney, The Culture Center, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. East, Charleston, WV 25305.
An exhibition of all selected entries will be on display at the State Capitol in Charleston beginning Jan. 10, 2024.
If you have additional questions, please contact Rachel Keeney, WVDACH exhibits coordinator, at 304-558-0220 or Rachel.M.Keeney@wv.gov