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Arts Notes: March 25, 2012

Gropius Master ArtistHUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Amy Cutler will be the Huntington Museum of Art's Walter Gropius Master Artist this month, and an exhibit of Cutler's work will be on view through May 13.Cutler is internationally recognized for her meticulously detailed narrative works of art as her gouache paintings, drawings and prints vividly depict a world populated by women, animals and hybrid beings engaged in fantastic, dreamlike activities.Cutler was born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in 1974. She studied at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste, Stadelschule, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, from 1994-95; graduated from Cooper Union School of Art, New York, in 1997; and continued her studies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1999.Cutler's work has been included in The Whitney Biennial in 2004 and Greater New York at PSI/MoMA in 2005. Her paintings, drawings and prints are included in the collections of the Hammer Museum at UCLA; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City, N.Y.Huntington Museum of Art, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 2033 McCoy Road, Huntington; 304-529-2701 or Admission $5 per person or $18 for a family of four or more. Admission is free on Tuesdays and to museum members.Poetry Out Loud winners CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Bruce McCuskey, a senior at Nitro High School, will represent West Virginia May 13-15 in the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest.McCuskey won $200 plus an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the national finals after winning the state "Poetry Out Loud" competition. He also received a trophy created for the competition by Charleston artists Chris Dutch and Robin Hammer. His school will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books, and a traveling trophy, also created by Dutch and Hammer, to display for one year.McCuskey recited "Preludes" by T.S. Eliot, "The Last Laugh" by Wilfred Owen and "As Kingfishers Catch Fire" by Gerard Manley Hopkins.This year's runner-up, Dayja Legg, a junior at Capital High School, recited "Caged Bird" by Maya Angelou, "A Birthday" by Christina Rossetti and "Invictus" by William Ernest Henley. Legg will receive $100 and her school library will collect $200 for poetry books.
Two state semifinal rounds took place March 2. Twenty-one students from 21 high schools in 17 counties competed. Ten students advanced to the state finals March 3 at the Culture Center.Judges for the West Virginia finals were Colleen Anderson of Charleston, Nikki Bowman of Morgantown, Kate Morris of Hurricane and Deborah Stiles, an Elkins native.West Virginia native and actor Chris Sarandon served as emcee.Poetry Out Loud is a program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The program is designed to encourage high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition.
Contact Cicely Bosley, at 304-558-0240 ext. 713, or theater auditionsMABSCOTT, W.Va. -- Theatre West Virginia will hold auditions for its summer historical dramas from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at its Mabscott office, Spruce and Whitestick streets.TWV is casting for its three shows "Honey in the Rock," "Hatfields and McCoys" and "Rocket Boys: The Musical." The season runs from May 21 to Aug. 16.Those auditioning should prepare 16 bars (30 seconds) of an up-tempo musical number, 16 bars of a ballad and a one-minute contemporary monologue. Prerecorded accompaniment is needed; there will be no accompanist. A headshot and résumé are required.For more information, call the TWV office at 304-256-6800 or visit
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