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Youth Art Exhibition Winners Announced

March 14, 2001

Eight young artists have been selected as winners in this year's Youth Art Month Exhibition, which is on display through April 15 in the wings of the Balcony Gallery of the Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston.  

The winners' work will be placed in the permanent collection of the West Virginia State Museum. Each of the eight winners will receive a $50 gift certificate from Dick Blick Art Materials at an awards ceremony at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 16, in the Great Hall of the Cultural Center.  

In addition, three works in the exhibition have been selected to represent West Virginia in the annual Congressional Art Competition for High School Students. The Congressional Competition is sponsored by members of the United States Congress and culminates in a summer exhibition at the United States Capitol Building.  

The Youth Art Month Exhibition features the works of 91 students, grades K-12, from 23 West Virginia counties. Artworks in the annual exhibition were selected from a statewide competition. The program is produced in cooperation with the West Virginia Education Association and the West Virginia Department of Education in celebration of National Youth Art Month.  

All winners were chosen by Charleston artist Betty Warner. She is best known for her watercolor paintings and has participated in invitational group exhibitions at The Smithsonian's National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; Stifel Fine Arts Center, Wheeling; Sunrise Museum's Award Winners Show, Charleston; and the Art Students League Students' show, New York. Warner's work also is represented in many corporate and private collections. In addition, she plays the violin and has performed with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.  

National leaders established Youth Art Month to underscore the importance of including arts experiences in all students' education. For more information about the Youth Art Month Exhibition, call Stephanie Lilly, exhibits coordinator for the Division, at (304) 558-0220, ext. 128.  

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state's past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Cultural Center is West Virginia's official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division's website at http://www.wvculture.org for more information about programs of the Division.  

***Winners - Youth Art Month*** Danny Scott Pethtal, Grade 10, North Marion High School, Marion County  

Cody Baker, Grade 7, Pleasants County Middle School, Pleasants County  

Nathan Kelly, Grade K, Ranson Elementary School, Jefferson County  

Eryn Gray, Grade 6, Wirt County Middle School, Wirt County Bethany Ritchie, Grade 5, Ravenswood Grade School, Jackson County  

Emily McMullen, Grade 10, Williamson High School, Mingo County  

Maria Faini, Grade 12, Wheeling Park High School, Ohio County  

Rachael Marie Ellzey, Grade 9, John Adams Junior High School, Kanawha County  

**Congressional Award Winners** Katie Hamrick, Grade 12, South Harrison High School, Harrison County  

Karri Rose Roberts, Grade 12, Richwood High School, Nicholas County  

Tara Clista Murphy, Grade 12, Woodrow Wilson High School, Raleigh County  

**Honorable Mention** Quinn Rose Ketterman, Grade 10, Elkins High School, Randolph County  

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