From These Hills: Contemporary Art in the Southern Appalachian Highlands

October 18, 2013 - February 16, 2014

United Company Contemporary Regional Art Gallery

Exhibit Details

William King Museum celebrates the diversity of artistic talent in the Southern Appalachian Highlands. From These Hills is a biennial exhibition series begun just one year after the Arts Center opened in the spring of 1992. This biennial exhibition invites artists in all stages of their careers working in Southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee, Western North Carolina and parts of Kentucky and West Virginia to submit their work for consideration. The exhibition always boasts a wide range of mediums and subjects, yet always forms a unified voice regarding the significance of living in this notable time and place.


Guest Curator Steven Matijcio is the curator of contemporary art at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and received an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, New York. Matijcio has held positions in a number of important galleries and museums including the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the National Gallery of Canada. Matijcio was awarded a prestigious Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award in 2010, and was chosen from an international field of candidates to take part in curatorial residencies in Gwangju, South Korea and Berlin, Germany. In 2012, Matijcio was named the Curator of the 4th Narracje Festival in Gdansk, Poland, which projects large-scale video art across the city. He has lectured on theory and criticism, written for numerous catalogs and journals, and was commissioned by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to curate one of their first online exhibitions.