Exhibit: Dolly Parton Pinball, More Than Just A Game
STATUS: Dolly has been repaired. We expect her to return to the gallery for free play on July 28, 2014. – Updated July 24, 2014
Title: Our Dolly Parton Pinball Machine: More Than Just a Game
Dates Showing: September 2, 2013 through the present
Description: Built around an actual, working 1979 Dolly Parton pinball machine, this exhibition explores Appalachian identity and representation. In the mid-1970s, Bally, a leading pinball machine maker, had a successful series of machines based on celebrities including singer Elton John, daredevil Evil Knievel, hockey star Bobby Orr, and the rock group KISS. Bally Executive Tom Nieman wanted a machine he could sell to country-western bars. In 1978, Bally approached Appalachian-born country star Dolly Parton to license her persona for a pinball machine. Parton agreed, a contract was signed, and design work began. This began an interesting process of determining how Parton would be portrayed in the artwork on the machine.
Curators: College Curator Christopher Miller assisted by Student Curators Jonita Horn, Joey Shepherd, and Matt Heil. The online version also involved Student Curatorial Assistant Caroline Hughes.
Location: LJAC Gallery, Loyal Jones Appalachian Center, Stephenson Hall, Berea College, 211 N. Main Street, Berea, Kentucky