CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Appalachian Corridors 50th Anniversary exhibit is currently on display at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The exhibit is located on the theater balcony of the Great Hall and will be available to the public until Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.
This exhibition of artwork is from the Appalachian Corridors exhibits, first held in 1968. Award money for the 1968 exhibition totaled $15,000 and was presented to 59 artists and crafters. The idea was to create an exhibit of artists from Appalachia and promote those individuals.
On opening night, 300 artists and guests attended as 193 pieces of artwork by 172 artists and crafters was showcased. Governor Hulett Smith was in attendance as well as exhibit judges Lloyd Goodrich of the Whitney Museum and Paul Smith, director of the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, both in New York City.
The Appalachian Corridors exhibition was a predecessor to today’s biennial juried exhibition, which started in 1979 at the State Culture Center. The West Virginia Juried Exhibition is produced by the West Virginia State Museum and the Department of Arts, Culture and History.
In 1981, the best of the Appalachian Corridors artwork was transferred into the collections of the West Virginia State Museum. This 50th anniversary exhibit showcases the talented, award-winning artists from the 1968, 1970 and 1972 exhibitions, as well as one Purchase Award from the Appalachian Corridors Art Biennial 4 exhibition in 1975. A list of the artwork on display is below.
For more information about this exhibit, contact Cailin Howe, exhibits coordinator, at CailinA.Howe@wv.gov or (304) 558-0220.
Appalachian Corridors 50th Anniversary Exhibit
William L. McCutcheon
Shao Fang Sheng
Julius de Gruyter