Allied Artists of West Virginia

Columbus Invitational Arts Competition
Visual Arts Division


Allied Artists of West Virginia is the oldest visual arts organization in West Virginia. AAWV is a nonprofit organization managed entirely by member volunteers. It is a state wide educational and cultural association. The membership is comprised of approximately 200 artists who are directly involved in the production of the visual arts in all media. AAWV was organized in 1930 and incorporated in 1935. The old Library in downtown Charleston served as the first meeting place. Later, meetings were held at Sunrise museum and then moved to the Clay Center in Charleston, WV. Monthly meetings are currently held at the Clay Center and at the South Charleston Public Library. Since its inception, AAWV has provided art education programs for members and the public and provided support for artists in exhibition and marketing of their artwork, and learning through association with other amateur and professional artists.


To encourage, nurture and present the work of West Virginia artists to the community. Our vision is to educate, develop and promote the original artwork and education of artists throughout the state of West Virginia.


Artist by-laws Article II -Purpose states that; A. The purpose of this organization shall be to encourage artists, to hold exhibits from time to time, to foster art generally and to further the art interest of the community. B. To establish branches in civic centers over the State of West Virginia as the Board of Directors sees fit, in order to make the program of Allied Artists of West Virginia as inclusive of all interests as possible. C. For doing and carrying on of all and every kind of business pertaining to the operation of an association as described in the charter, not inconsistent with the laws of the United States and the laws of the State of West Virginia.