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Arts Notes: Jan. 1, 2012

W.Va. author to speak

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia author C. Robert Barnett will present "Memoirs as History: Small Town Life in West Virginia in the 1950s" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, during the next after-hours lecture hosted by the West Virginia Archives and History Library of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

Barnett will discuss the differences in style and content between history, autobiography and memoir by presenting examples from his book about growing up in Newell in the Northern Panhandle in the 1950s. He also will use his book to show how his memoir is more than a personal story because it is set in a historical context. Barnett will cite other popular West Virginia memoirs to illustrate social history.

Barnett is professor emeritus at Marshall University, where he taught sports history for 35 years. He has written numerous articles, reviews and academic papers, and his work has appeared in such publications as Goldenseal, The West Virginia Encyclopedia, and The Journal of Sport History. His most recent publication is a memoir, "Growing Up in the Last Small Town: A West Virginia Memoir" (2010). His next book will be about the history of sports in West Virginia.

The lecture will take place in the archives library at the Culture Center and is free and open to the public. The library will close at 5 p.m. and reopen at 5:45 p.m. for participants only.

Contact Bobby Taylor at 304-558-0230, ext. 163, or at Bobby.L.Taylor@wv.gov.

West Virginia Division of Culture and History, The Culture Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. State Archives and History Library, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday and Saturday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; closed Sunday. Capitol Complex, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, 25305-0300; 304-558-0220 or www.wvculture.org.

MU design winners

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Students from the Marshall University College of Fine Arts were honored recently for their winning entries in a design competition run through the office of Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp.

The competition was for best print holiday card, best digital holiday card and best plate showcasing important elements of Marshall University. This year's contest attracted about 75 entries for the print holiday card and about 35 entries for the plate. An entire class entered the digital card category.

Kopp said the history of the awards dates back more than five years. He and his wife, Jane, help choose the winners each year.

Margaryta Seliverstova, a junior art and design major, was the winner of the print card competition; John Fowler, a junior art and design major, and Morgan Thompson, a senior graphic design major, were the first-place winners for their work on the plate; and the entire graphic design and digital media class took first place for their collaborative work on the digital card.

Levi Brunbaugh won second place and Thompson placed third in the print card category. Since first place was shared, there was no second-place winner in the plate category. Amanda Wheeler received third place in that category. In the digital card category, Matthew Crutchfield won second place and Matthew Smith won third.

Honorable mentions went to Whitney Lyons and Kelli Simpson in the print card category and to Jeffery Pennington in the plate category.

Kopp said plates are given to the most generous donors. Cards go out to all the people on the mailing list. They issue about 75 plates and about 1,000 print cards each year. The digital card goes up on the web.

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