The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 8, 2013

Students invited to enter sesquicentennial art contest

— Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has invited students to enter a statewide art contest in celebration of West Virginia’s 150th birthday. Winning artwork will be featured during West Virginia’s 150th birthday celebration at the State Capitol, June 20-23.

The contest, organized by the Department of Commerce, is open to all school-aged children, kindergarten through 12th grade.

“This contest provides our students a wonderful opportunity to creatively celebrate West Virginia’s 150th birthday through the expression of traditional and modern-day, multi-media art,” said Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. “I look forward to seeing their artwork during the birthday celebration at the State Capitol in June.”

Participants will be divided into three groups. Those in grades K-5 will create a birthday card for West Virginia’s sesquicentennial birthday. Students in grades 6-8 and 9-12 will create 2 minute videos wishing West Virginia a Happy 150th Birthday.

Themes for the videos are “Happy 150th Birthday West Virginia - What Makes West Virginia Unique” and “What Makes West Virginia Special?” Winning artists will receive Kindles, and the winning student’s classroom will receive gift cards will for art supplies.  

Applications and information about the contest is available online at art150. Entries will be accepted through May 15.

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