Art: Yes, West Virginia, There Is A James Johnson Sweeney

Say "West Virginia" and many people think of moonshining and coal mining, relief checks and bare feet. To erase this doleful public image, the West Virginia Centennial Commission decided to do something real cultural to celebrate the state's 100th anniversary: hold an art contest and give a prize of $1,963 for the painting that would best show what West Virginia is really like.

What West Virginia is really like turned out to be six beat-up boards and the wreck of a screen door frame, with a man and a moon scrawled on them. So thought Joe F. Moss, 30, University of West...

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