Registrations are open for the West Virginia Student Art Show

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – It’s that time again! Submissions for entries for the Almost Heaven Governor 2023 Art Exhibition are now open.

According to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, students throughout the Mountain State from kindergarten through 12th grade are eligible to submit their artwork for the exhibit. The closing date for entries is Friday 2nd December 2022. All entries must be accompanied by an entry form and students may only submit one work for the exhibition.

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This year, students are asked to create a “one-of-a-kind” postcard featuring their favorite park—city, county, or state—in the Mountain State. Per the requirements for this year’s entries, artwork may be the standard postcard size, which is 5″W x 3-1/2″H x or 6″W x 4-1/4″H with a maximum of 11″W x 6″H , and must not weigh more than three pounds.

Governor Justice, the West Virginia Department of Tourism and the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History host the annual exhibit to showcase the creativity of West Virginia students and promote the arts.

The governor’s office says students can choose a variety of mediums, including painting, printmaking, drawing, digital art, photography, and mixed media, for their artwork.

All selected entries will be on display at the West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston beginning January 11, 2023.

Entries will be divided into three categories – elementary school, middle school and high school – with prizes awarded for first, second and third place. The Office of Justice says the winners will also receive Blick Art Materials gift cards of $100, $50 and $25, respectively.

According to the governor’s office, the WV Department of Tourism will also use the artwork from select postcards to “personally invite travelers to almost heaven.”

Submissions and submissions of artworks should be handed in or mailed to the following address:

WVDACH, Attn: Laiken Blankenship
The cultural center
1900 Kanawha Blvd. east
Charleston, WV, 25305

For more details on the contest guidelines and a printable entry form, click here found online hereor for more information, contact Laiken Blankenship, WVDACH Exhibition Coordinator, by phone at 304-558-0220 or email at

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