Gov. Justice announces winners of 2021 Almost Heaven Governor’s Art Exhibition


Invites all West Virginians to view virtual gallery of winning pieces and other featured artwork from students across the state
CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice, along with West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History Curator Randall Reid-Smith, announced today the winners of this year’s Almost Heaven Governor’s Art Exhibition.

“These students really know what it takes to show off the beauty that West Virginia has to offer,” Gov. Justice said. “I am so proud of each and every one of these pieces and can’t believe we had to pick just a few winners because they were all that good.”

Awards were given out to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in three divisions: Elementary School, Middle School, and High School. Winners will receive Blick Art Materials gift cards in the amounts of $100, $50, and $25, respectively.
Designed to showcase student creativity and the arts, this year’s exhibition showcases one-of-a-kind postcard designs that feature the student’s favorite wildlife and/or plant in West Virginia. Selected postcard artwork will be used by the West Virginia Tourism Office to personally invite travelers to Almost Heaven.

2021 Almost Heaven Governor’s Art Exhibition winners

(Click any of the pieces of art shown below to view a high-resolution version of that piece in Governor Justice’s virtual gallery)

Elementary School Division
1st Place
Natalie Garrett, Grade 5
Davis Elementary School, Braxton County
2nd Place
Chance Martin, Grade 3
Anna Jarvis Elementary School, Taylor County
3rd Place
Kassadi McNaughton, Grade 5
Home school student, Berkeley County

Middle School Division
1st Place
Emily Garrett, Grade 8
Braxton County Middle School, Braxton County
2nd Place
Sydney Burke, Grade 7
Wheeling Country Day School, Ohio County
3rd Place
Maisey Duckworth, Grade 7
Andrew Jackson Middle School, Kanawha County

High School Division
1st Place
*Best of Show*

Kyleigh Hoey, Grade 11
Huntington High School, Cabell County
2nd Place
Alex Solomon, Grade 11
University High School, Monongalia County
3rd Place
Abby Manzo, Grade 9
Home school student, Jefferson County

Contact Information

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