Art exhibition to showcase artists with disabilities

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) invites West Virginia artists with disabilities to enter the 2014 West Virginia Diversifying Perspectives Art Contest and Exhibition. The 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.

“We see this event as a dual opportunity,” said DRS Director Donna Ashworth. “First, it’s an opportunity to showcase the creative and diverse abilities and contributions of people with disabilities. We are also using this as a way to promote National Disability Employment Awareness Month in West Virginia during the month of October.”

All entry materials and artwork may be submitted starting June 2 and must be received no later than June 30, 2014. 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 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 exhibition will open Sept. 17, at the Culture Center in Charleston and will remain on display through

Oct. 31.

For more information on visit or call 800-642-8207.