Bloodroot Mountain

“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him…it is a form of truth.” 

~ John F. Kennedy

Helping to inspire a Modern Appalachia through the arts


We define Modern Appalachia as a culture that recognizes artists of all kinds as vital members of Southern Appalachia who inspire our imaginations, and are central to cultivating a deep sense of our place and forging vibrant communities.

Our aim is to provide opportunities for Modern Appalachian artists to share their vision of what Appalachia looks like today through our curated exhibits and publications. 


*Above photo by Sam Stapleton 


Bloodroot Mountain Featured Artist ~ 2019

Sam Stapleton - Knoxville, TN.

Bloodroot Mountain is pleased to have published  Sam Stapleton's art book, Stilled Life. Stapleton's unique artistic vision in Stilled Life weaves together poetry and fine art photography into a visual and literary masterpiece. Inspired by Stapleton's images, created from multiple photographic exposures of frozen flowers, poets George Ella Lyon and Diane Gilliam have given language to the artist's work. 

As part of our Modern Appalachia series of exhibits, we will showcase the fine art photography from Stilled Life, presenting Stapleton as a Modern Appalachian artist.

Learn More

To learn more about Sam Stapleton, or to purchase a copy of Stilled Life, please visit the artist's website:

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