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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 [email protected] or (304) 558-0220.

Appalachian Corridors 50th Anniversary Exhibit

Beatrice Bannerman
Culloden, West Virginia
Summer Solstice
Rug
Appalachian Corridors: Exhibition 1
1968

Neil Cogbill
Athens, Ohio
Untitled XX
Steel Sculpture
Appalachian Corridors: Exhibition 1
1968

Robin Hammer
Charleston, West Virginia
Flower Universe
Graphic
Appalachian Corridors: Exhibition 1
1968

John Hudkins
Scott Depot, West Virginia
Fissure
Watercolor
Appalachian Corridors: Exhibition 1
1968

William L. McCutcheon
Moon Crossing
Mixed Media
Appalachian Corridors: Exhibition 1
1968

Blanche McDonald
Letter Gap, West Virginia
Untitled
Traditional Flowered Rug
Appalachian Corridors: Exhibition 1
1968

Michel Merle
Institute, West Virginia
Cybernetic Debris
Mobile Sculpture
Appalachian Corridors: Exhibition 1
1968

Gayle Surface
Richwood, West Virginia
Realistic Storm
Oil Painting
Appalachian Corridors: Exhibition 1
1968

Shao Fang Sheng
Williamstown, West Virginia
Joint Effort
Mixed Media
Appalachian Corridors: Exhibition 1
1968

Julius de Gruyter
Charleston, West Virginia
Cruising Capital of West Virginia
Mixed Media
Appalachian Corridors: Exhibition 1
1968

Herbert Waters
Philippi, West Virginia
Mountain Top
Graphic
Appalachian Corridors: Exhibition 1
1968

John Spofforth
Athens, Ohio
Proposal 21870: Towers
Brick Sculpture
Appalachian Corridors: Exhibition 2
1970

Ethel Claywell
Summersville, West Virignia
Man On Moon
Oil Reverse
Appalachian Corridors: Exhibition 2
1970

Joe Moss
Morgantown, West Virginia
Square Wheel
Aluminum Sculpture
Appalachian Corridors: Exhibition 2
1970

Lamaral Thorne
Beckley, West Virginia
Awful 1
Wood Sculpture
Appalachian Corridors: Exhibition 3
1972

John Clovis
Morgantown, West Virginia
Inner Square
Acrylic
Appalachian Corridors: Exhibition 3
1972

Ben Freedman
Morgantown, West Virginia
Frogland
Ink
Appalachian Corridors Exhibition 3
1972

Jerry Nutter
Morgantown, West Virginia
Landscape #5
Acrylic
Appalachian Corridors: Exhibition 3
1972

Mel Verost
Charleston, West Virginia
Cave of Orpheus
Mixed Media
Appalachian Corridors: Exhibition 3
1972

Stephen Smigocki
Fairmont, West Virginia
The Hillside View
Pencil
Appalachian Corridors Art Biennial 4
1975

Ric MacDowell
Hamlin, West Virginia
Sherm’s Barn
Photography
Appalachian Corridors

Roger Shipley
Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Pictorial Participation #11
Sculpture/Mixed Media
Appalachian Corridors: Exhibition 1
1968

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