Exhibition 280 Presented by Jack and Angie Bourdelais
July 14 - September 16, 2018
Opening reception and awards ceremony will take place on July 21, 2018, from 5 to 7 p.m.
One of the longstanding features in the Huntington Museum of Art’s 65-year history has been a juried exhibition that showcases the work of regional artists. In 1953, not long after the museum opened its doors, an annual show titled Exhibition 80 was initiated to present the work of artists who lived within an 80-mile radius of Huntington. Always eagerly anticipated, the show would later expand its territorial limits to become Exhibition 180 and in ensuing years Exhibition 280.
As time has passed, the show has evolved to become a special part of the museum’s schedule that occurs once every three years. Rather than working within a specific mileage limit, the show now includes West Virginia and all the states that touch its borders (Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Kentucky). The exhibition brings a taste of the regional contemporary art scene to the Tri-State area and provides the museum and local collectors a chance to not only see but also acquire works from the artists themselves.
Entries for the show will be accepted through April 15 and are processed through CaFÉ, an online exhibition management firm. For information on entering works in Exhibition 280, please go to callforentry.org.
The juror for this year’s show will be Laura Roulet, an independent curator and writer based in Washington, D.C. Laura has most recently worked on the project Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California (2017-18) and was one of five international curators chosen for the DC public art project 5x5 in 2012. She has written widely on contemporary art and is a frequent contributor to Sculpture magazine.
Exhibition 280 is presented by Jack and Angie Bourdelais.
This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.