Historical society to hold Katherine Johnson graphic art contest

The West Virginia Daily News
The West Virginia Daily News

As part of 2022 West Virginia Katherine Johnson Day celebrations, the Greenbrier Historical Society in Lewisburg (GHS) invites students in grades 6-8 to creatively visualize Katherine Johnson’s story in the 2022 GHS “Reaching for the Moon” graphic art contest.

The contest is open to all children in grades 6-8 attending public, private, parochial, or home schools who are residents of West Virginia.

​Based on Johnson’s autobiography, “Reaching for the Moon, The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson” or another Johnson biography source, GHS would like students to use graphic arts to visualize one of the key success themes for Johnson’s life.

Janice Cooley, president of the Greenbrier Historical Society, said, “holding a contest like this allows students to engage with Katherine Johnson’s inspirational life story in a more personal and creative way. Not only that, but they hear the motivational themes and phrases that guided her that they can then carry with them into their own lives.”

The art contest submission period begins in May 2022 and concludes on July 8 at midnight. GHS is asking schools, organizations, and community groups to encourage parents/guardians to submit one entry per student. Entries must be submitted on the Greenbrier Historical Society website, sent via email to, or mailed to the Greenbrier Historical Society at 814 Washington St. West, Lewisburg, WV 24901. Make sure both the official entry form and contest release form are submitted along with the student’s artwork.

Students should be in sixth, seventh or eighth grade in West Virginia as of May 2. The artwork must be an original work of the student and may not be larger than 8 1/2” x 11”. Art cannot be based on characters and plots from already published works. Each piece of art must be submitted by a parent or legal guardian of the student and include the signed permission form. Additional authorizations and requirements are contained in the official entry form that must be acknowledged and agreed to with each submission.

For more details about the contest, eligibility, and awards, visit the Greenbrier Historical Society website at, email, or call the North House Museum at 304-645-3398.

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