West Virginia – winners of 2022 Almost Heaven Art Exhibition

CHARLESTON, WV (STL.News) Governor Jim Justice, along with the West Virginia Department of Tourism and the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History, announced the winners of the fourth annual Almost Heaven Governor’s Art Exhibition.

Awards were given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners 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 called for one-of-a-kind postcard designs, depicting the theme:  “What does America’s newest national park – the New River Gorge National Park & Preserve – mean to you?”

Selected postcard artwork will be used by the Department of Tourism to personally invite travelers to Almost Heaven, West Virginia.

An exhibition of the winning pieces and other selected entries is now on display outside the Governor’s Office at the State Capitol in Charleston.  The exhibit features 275 pieces from students in 12 counties.

2022 Almost Heaven Governor’s Art Exhibition winners

  • Elementary School Division

1st Place
“The Heart and Flow of WV” by The Kinder Crew

Grandview Elementary School, Charleston, Kanawha County

*Best of Show Winner*

2nd Place
“Nature’s Gift” by Carter Chapman

Skyview Elementary School, Morgantown, Monongalia County

3rd Place
“New River Gorge” by Lydia Anderson

Skyview Elementary School, Morgantown, Monongalia County

  • Middle School Division

1st Place
“New River Gorge Bridge – Hidden Shapes in the Clouds” by Natalie Garrett

Braxton County Middle School, Sutton, Braxton County

2nd Place
“Bridge Over the Mountains” by Peyton Hamrick

Lincoln Middle School, Shinnston, Harrison County

3rd Place
“Winter at New River Gorge” by Rayley Cochran

Lincoln Middle School, Shinnston, Harrison County

  • High School Division

1st Place
“Unknown” by Makenna Poling

Grafton High School, Grafton, Taylor County

2nd Place
“Fall Bridge” by Sophie Wolfe

Huntington High School, Huntington, Cabell County

3rd Place
“Gorge-ous Fall” by Krysten Holly Jarrell

Spring Valley High School, Huntington, Wayne County