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From These Hills: Contemporary Art in the Southern Appalachian Highlands

July 19, 2019

From These Hills: Contemporary Art in the Southern Appalachian Highlands

  • Organization: William King Museum of Art
  • Submission Deadline: July 19, 2019
  • Event Dates: October 3, 2019 - February 9, 2020
  • Entry Fee: $20
  • Type: Exhibition
  • Eligibility: Regional
  • Categories: Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Film/Video/New Media, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture

William King Museum of Art celebrates the diversity of regional artistic talent with its biennial exhibition, From These Hills: Contemporary Art in the Southern Appalachian Highlands. This major exhibition of new works by artists working in all media highlights the continuing artistic vision of individuals in our region. The 2019 exhibition will open at the William King Museum of Art, Abingdon, Virginia, on October 3, 2019, and will continue through February 9, 2020.

Artists working in all media are invited to submit images or, in the case of performance art, a DVD, for consideration. From These Hills defines William King Museum of Art’s commitment to the creative spirit of the artists who live and work in the Southern Appalachian Highlands. Open to artists in Southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee, Western North Carolina, and Southeastern Kentucky.

Guest Curator

Rebecca Elliot has served as Assistant Curator of Craft, Design & Fashion at the Mint Museum since 2012. At the Mint, she has curated or co-curated several exhibitions related to craft and design on subjects including the costume design process of William Ivey Long; the art and craft of shoemaking; and body adornment in contemporary studio jewelry. Elliot has served on selection panels for the Arts & Science Council in Charlotte and has juried shows including the Kentuck Festival of the Arts (Kentuck, AL), Artsplosure (Raleigh, NC), and Artisphere (Greenville, SC). Prior to joining the Mint, she held curatorial positions at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Cranbrook Art Museum, and assisted on numerous exhibitions on craft and design at both institutions. Elliot holds a BA cum laude in Art History from Smith College and an MA in Art History from The University of Chicago.
Exhibition calendar

Images and support materials due: July 19, 2019
Accepted artists will be notified via email by: August 16
Delivery of artwork: September 16 – 20
Public reception: October 3, 6 – 8 pm
Exhibition opens: October 3
Exhibition closes: February 9, 2020
Artwork picked up by artist: February 10 – 14, 2020

To submit online visit:

To Mail Your Submission

Complete entry form available here, and mail a CD or USB flash drive with six digital images or DVD for video and performance art, along with an artist’s statement and resume to:

William King Museum of Art
ATTN: From These Hills
P.O. Box 2256
Abingdon, VA 24212.

Deadline for submission is July 19, 2019. Digital image files must be 300dpi and sufficient size for commercial printing. Slides should be titled as lastname_title and in jpeg format. A non-refundable submission fee of $20 is required. Please make your check payable to the William King Museum of Art.

For additional information call Sarah Stanley, WKMA Curator, at (276) 628-5005 ext. 107.

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