William King Museum of Art is dedicated to highlighting contemporary artwork in the region and continues to showcase that mission through its biennial exhibition From These Hills: Contemporary Art in the Southern Appalachian Highlands.
The 2017 exhibition will be guest curated by Courtney A. McNeil who is the chief curator of collections and exhibitions for Telfair Museums in Savannah, Georgia, the oldest public art museum in the South. Among the many exhibitions McNeil has curated at Telfair are Monet and American Impressionism; Mickalene omas at Giverny; and Spanish Sojourns: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain. Her recent publications include the essay “Imprinting Impressionism: The Graphic Work of Mary Cassatt, Frank Benson, and Childe Hassam,” in Monet and American Impressionism and Constructs and Inventions: The Etchings of Erik Desmazieres. Before coming to Telfair, McNeil was employed at the Childs Gallery in Boston, where she specialized in 19th- and early 20th-century American painting. She holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and an M.A. from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.
From These Hills is open to artists working in any media – painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass, textiles, mixed media, video, performance art – in the geographic areas of Southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee, Western North Carolina, Southern West Virginia, and Eastern Kentucky. To enter please go online at www. williamkingmuseum.org for an application and requirements for submission.
Along with your entry form, please mail a cd or USB flash drive with six digital images or dvd for video and performance art, and an artist’s statement. Digital image les must be 72dpi with one image at 300dpi 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 William King Museum of Art. Submissions are due by July 21, 2017.
For more information on portfolio submissions and other opportunities at the William King Museum of Art, please visit us at www.williamkingmuseum.org or call 276-628-5005.
William King Museum of Art is located at 415 Academy Drive, off West Main Street or Russell Road, in Abingdon.