If youre an artist, youre invited.

Artists from across the region are being asked to submit their works to a juried exhibit that honors the American Indian experience.

The Earth, Our Motherthe Foundation of Our Existence,is the name of the exhibit that will run Nov. 9-Dec. 16 at the Monongalia Arts Center, 107 High St., Morgantown.

The exhibit is staged in honor of Novembers national Native American Heritage Month observances. Its being sponsored by West Virginia Universitys Native American Studies Program in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, the Monongalia Arts Center and Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board Native American Heritage Committee.

All work must carry a Native American theme. Works must be entered from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Monongalia Arts Center.

Works may focus on either the historic or contemporary particulars of a specific tribe, band or nation. Each work must be accompanied by an official entry form (available at the center) and an artist statement that shows evidence of authenticity research.

All entries must be matted and framed.

An awards presentation and opening reception will be from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 12.

A $250 prize will be given toBest of Showentries in three categories: sculpture/3-D, 2-D and wearable art.

Ro Brooks, the executive director of the Monongalia Arts Center, the exhibit will be avisual delight that also educates.

I really want everybody to stop by and see it,she said.Its a wonderful opportunity.

For an entry form and prospectus, visitwww.wvu.edu/~nas. Other info: Bonnie Brown, coordinator, Native American Studies Program, at bonniem.brown@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-4626.