Eric Cowan's "Defense Mechanism"

Eric Cowan's "Defense Mechanism"

From These Hills ​opens Oct. 3

October 3 – December 22, 2019 @ William King Museum of Art

ABINGDON, VA -William King Museum of Art celebrates its newest exhibition, ​From These Hills: Contemporary Art in the Southern Appalachian Highlands with a ​From These Hills ​Hootenanny!

On Thursday, Oct. 3, WKMA opens its 14th biennial ​“From These Hills” ​exhibit, a showcase of contemporary art by artists from the Southern Appalachian Highlands. ​“From These Hills” ​is one of WKMA’s longest standing traditions. First held in 1993, this biennial is unique in its geographical scope and the number of important artists it has presented who live and work in Southern Appalachia. This year marks the Museum’s 14th biennial with 24 artists from around the region chosen by guest curator Rebecca Elliot, assistant curator of craft, design & fashion at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“Over its 26-year history,” says Elliot, “’​From These Hills’ ​has consistently shown that the artists of the Southern Appalachian Highlands are as varied in their approaches and concerns as the topography of the environment in which they live . . . The works selected for ​‘From These Hills’ ​in 2019 highlight a group of artists who examine issues that resonate within this region and beyond. Their dedication both to honing their skills in their respective media and to probing their experiences to garner new insights is evident. I hope that visitors to the museum enjoy viewing their art as much as I have.”

The public is invited to meet the guest curator as well as this year’s selected artists at the ​From These Hills ​Hootenanny Oct. 3 from 6-8 p.m. featuring music by Willard Robertson and Ben Casteel and food from Catering by Catherine. Rebecca Elliot will lead a gallery talk beginning at 7 p.m.

This year’s selected artists are:

Marie Porterfield Barry

Ruby Berry

Charles Boggs

Charlie Brouwer

Alyssa Coffin

Candice Corbin

Eric Cowan

Carrie Dyer

Cavan Fleming

Mira Gerard

Charles Goolsby

L.S. King

Mary Anna LaFratta

Brett LaGue

William Major

Patricia Mink

Mary Nees

Nikki Pynn

Torrance Redford

Eva Rocha

Halide Salam

Alice Salyer

Christy Ward

Alex Younger

The Hootenanny will be held at William King Museum of Art, 415 Academy Drive in Abingdon, VA, on October 3 from 6 — 8 p.m. The exhibition runs from Oct. 3, 2019 — Feb. 9, 2020.

Admission to the museum is free. For information on exhibitions or events at William King Museum of Art visitwww.williamkingmuseum.orgor call 276-628-5005.

Category: Exhibits