Best of West Virginia Open Juried Exhibition

Every year, TAMARACK: The Best of West Virginia  and the Tamarack Foundation for the Arts celebrate West Virginia artists and artisans by showcasing their creativity and talent in this special juried competition.  This show, which opens West Virginia Day weekend, is the only exhibition hosted by the David L. Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery that can be entered by any artist or artisan who is a West Virginia resident. Participants compete for five monetary awards, all of which are made possible through the generosity of the Tamarack Foundation for the Arts and their donors. 














David L. Dickirson Best in Show 
Charly Jupiter Hamilton
Kanawha County
Bases Loaded: Summer Evening in Power Park (Charleston, WV)
Acrylic on Canvas

Jurors' Statement:

“An energetic piece with a complex, well integrated design overlaid with a Folk Art charm.”








2nd Place

Vernon F. Howell
Cabell County

City Life
Mixed Media

Jurors' Statement:

“This is an intricate, intimate piece. The density of the composition is quite skillful and inventive.”



3rd Place

William K. Lightner
Kanahwa County

Oil on Canvas

Jurors' Statement:

“This is a lovely handling of paint -- the diptych (2 panel) layout is a successful format here. The piece captures an authentic moment in time, a snapshot in paint.”  




Award of Merit

John Wesley Williams
Greenbrier County

Bubinga Sculpted Console Cabinet
Sculpted Wood

Jurors' Statement

“Masterful craftsmanship culminating in an elegant, well designed piece. Sensitive attention to the wood selections” as well as carving/construction details.”







People's Choice

TBA! Cast a ballot during the exhibition's run and make your voice heard. The piece which accrues the most votes will be deemed the "People's Choice."






































































About the 2016 Jury/Judge Team


Marcia Goldenstein

Marcia Goldenstein received her MFA degree in Painting and Drawing from the University of Nebraska. She has been a visiting artist at the National Academy of Fine Arts, Bratislava, Slovakia; Sichuan University, Chengdu, China; Beihang University, Beijing; the University of Texas, San Antonio; Arizona State University, Tempe, University of Indianapolis; Tudor Hall, UK, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts; and other universities, schools and museums. She has also attended residencies in the US, China and the UK. Her works have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe and China. She is represented in permanent collections at the Joslyn Museum, Omaha, NE; Sheldon Memorial Gallery, Lincoln, NE; Institute for Great Plains Studies, Lincoln, NE; Knoxville Museum of Art, Sioux City Art Center, Arkansas Art Center, Hallmark, Kansas City, TVA; Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN and many other museum, corporate and private collections.


She is Professor Emerita of Painting and Drawing at the University of Tennessee School of Art and is currently on the Board of Governors of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. 

Carmen Grier 

Carmen Grier is a studio artist and teacher. Her home/studio are in rural Mitchell County, NC where she resides with her husband - potter, teacher and writer Terry Gess. Carmen has taught and exhibited nationally and her award-winning work has been featured in Fiberarts Magazine and Surface Design Journal. She currently teaches Fibers in the Art Department at Appalachian State University, BooneNC. She is a new member of the cooperative gallery, MICA, in BakersvilleNC.