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Buckhannon artist wins Best of Show

BUCKHANNON — Textile artist Suzan Ann Morgan of Buckhannon was honored with the $5,000 Governor’s Award and the D. Gene Jordan Memorial Award at the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History’s 2021 Juried Exhibition on Nov. 14.

Her piece — entitled “tunnel vision” — was sewn from her own hand-dyed and screen printed fabrics. To create it she photographed the unique tunnel on the Tallmansville Road, as well as the various yard sale signs that caught her attention around Buckhannon.

She also added images of deer, and of the earth as seen from a past U.S. Apollo mission. The idea behind it was developed from her environmental concerns, and her thought that if Mother Earth had a yard sale, humans might be valued at only 25 cents apiece.

Morgan studied art at the Oregon College of Art and Craft and graduated from Davis & Elkins College in 2000 with a degree in psychology.

This piece — as well as a second entitled “affordable?” — will be on display along with 81 additional artworks from West Virginians across the state at The Culture Center in Charleston through Feb. 19. Her work may also be viewed on her website, suzanannmorgan.com, and she may be followed on Instagram at suzanannmorgan.

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