BETHANY, W.Va. – Herb Weaver, Bethany College Jennie Steindorf Renner Professor of Fine Arts, has been awarded the $5,000 Governor’s Award for his ceramic sculpture accepted into the West Virginia Juried Exhibition in 2005.

Weaver’s work, titled “Hook, Lying and Sinker,” will be placed into the West Virginia Museum Permanent Collection upon the completion of the exhibition. “Hook, Lying and Sinker” features fifty-one dead fish on a pole with lures and fishing tackle and is intended to be a sarcastic tribute to our political system. Weaver completed the piece during an artist-in-residence program at the Lee Art Center in Arlington, Va. The program was funded by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.

The biennial exhibition showcases the work of state artists and craftspeople and provides the public with a comprehensive view of art and craft activities in West Virginia. The exhibition is presented by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Featured areas of artwork include painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, mixed media, photography and crafts.

“The past year has been an incredible period for me personally as an artist. The College and my colleagues have been supportive of my creative endeavors for which I am grateful,” Weaver said.

Weaver recently completed his eleventh year of teaching at Bethany College.

The exhibition runs now through Jan. 29, 2006.