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Fourth annual art contest and exhibition to showcase West Virginia artists with disabilities

The West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) invites West Virginia artists with disabilities to enter the 2017 West Virginia Diversifying Perspectives Art Contest and Exhibition. This fourth annual event will feature original artwork created by people with disabilities.

To enter, you must be at least 18 years old, be a West Virginia resident and have a disability. There is no entry fee.

All entry materials and artwork may be submitted starting June 1 and must be received no later than June 30, 2017. Complete submission guidelines and an entry form are available at

A juried artist will select the winning entries based on criteria including originality, imagination, visual interest, presentation and skillful use of materials.

The awards include:
Grand Exhibitor – The winning artwork selected as the Grand Exhibitor will be incorporated into and prominently featured in a poster promoting National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which is celebrated annually in October. The poster will be distributed to businesses throughout West Virginia and will include an image of the winning artwork, a biographical statement about the artist and his or her disability, a photograph of the artist and the annual National Disability Employment Awareness Month theme established by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

DRS will also purchase the artwork selected as the Grand Exhibitor (at a maximum cost of $1,000).

Awards of Excellence – Up to three $100 awards. These are not purchase awards.

The 2017 exhibition will open Wednesday Sept. 6, at the Culture Center in Charleston and will remain on display through Nov. 3, 2017.

DRS proudly presents this contest and exhibition in partnership with the West Virginia Office of Secretary of Education and the Arts and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

For more information on the Diversifying Perspectives Art Contest and Exhibition, including rules and entry guidelines, visit or call 1-800-642-8207.

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