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Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition: Contemporary Appalachian Photography Panel Discussion

Mar 24, 2021 @ 12:00 am - 7:30 pm

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Join us for a compelling panel discussion about Contemporary Appalachian Photography with esteemed panelists Clarissa Sligh, lydia see, Megan King, and Madison Hye Long. This discussion is a complement to the 18th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition, currently being exhibited at the Turchin Center!


18th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Exhibition

18th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Awards Presentation

About the Artists / Panelists

Clarissa Sligh

lydia see

Megan King

Clarissa Sligh (b. 1939) makes photographic seriesartists’ books and text-based installations to explore constructions of history, identities, transformation and change. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues including the Museum of Modern Art New York, the George Eastman House Rochester, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. Sligh lives and works in Asheville, North Carolina.



lydia see (she/they/y’all) works across fields as an artist, photographer, educator, curator and serial collaborator, and is passionate about the uses of art for social justice + civic engagement. lydia is a white, queer, Ashkenazi Jew, Northern by birth and Appalachian by choice, working and living on unceded Cherokee land, what is now known as Western North Carolina. Working in the studio and with community, lydia examines authorship, agency and representation within the context of material culture. As founder and director of Engaging Collections, a residency and publication at the intersections of equity + art with libraries, archives, and special collections; co-founder and collaborator of Six Feet Photography and the Cabbage School; and through collaborations and consulting; lydia has had a hand in developing programming, infrastructure and strategic plans for many organizations and collaboratives.



Megan King (b. 1989) is an interdisciplinary artist from East Tennessee. She lives in Syracuse, NY where she received her MFA in Art Photography from Syracuse University (’19). King also holds a BFA in Studio Arts and a BA in Spanish from East Tennessee State University (’13). King’s work incorporates photography and fibers and explores social landscapes and representation through the veins of gender and class. 

King’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and is held in several collections including Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University and the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University. Her work has been reviewed in the Journal of Appalachian Studies and featured by numerous publications including Oxford American, NPR’s CodeSwitch, and Politico Magazine. King has served on the photo editorial board for Looking at Appalachia since 2014.



Madison Hye Long is a North Carolina based photographer that practices the art of visual narratives. Inspired by landscape artists and painters throughout history, Madison has developed her own style and techniques of photography.


Mar 24, 2021
12:00 am - 7:30 pm
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