William King Museum of Art continues to celebrate the diversity of regional artistic talent with its biennial exhibition, From These Hills: Contemporary Art in the Southern Appalachian Highlands, a major exhibition of new works by artists working in all media in Southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee, Western North Carolina, Southern West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky. The 2015 exhibition will open in The United Company Contemporary Regional Gallery of William King Museum of Art, Abingdon, Virginia, on October 15, 2015, and will continue through February 14, 2016.
This exhibition will be guest-curated by Stephen Wicks, Barbara W. and Bernard E. Bernstein Curator at the Knoxville Museum of Art in Knoxville, Tennessee. Wicks has guided the Knoxville Museum of Art’s curatorial department for 20 years. He manages the museum’s exhibitions program and guides the development of its collections of East Tennessee-related art and international contemporary art. He has organized dozens of exhibitions, including Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee, the first ongoing display devoted to East Tennessee’s art history and Facets of Modern and Contemporary Glass, which examined the expanding use of glass as a contemporary art material. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Tennessee, his Master of Arts in Art History & Museum Studies from Case Western Reserve University, and was awarded back-to-back Cleveland Museum of Art Fellowships.
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.