Loyal Jones Appalachian Center

    Photography and Writing: Tools for Conservation

    • Posted on by Caroline Hughes

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      Title: Photography and Writing: Tools for Conservation

      Dates Showing: October 20, 2014 – December 12, 2014

      Location: Loyal Jones Appalachian Center

      Description: This exhibit showcases the creative work produced during the Summer 1, 2014 course ENG/TAD 266 Photography and Writing: Tools for Conservation. Over the span of two weeks, participants explored the southwest landscape of deserts, mountains, and canyons through photography and creative writing, traveling to Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Arches National Park in Utah. Local fieldwork included trips to Indian Fort, Anglin Falls, and Owsley Fork Reservoir.

      Since the Civil War, conservationists have helped shape public opinion and federal laws with a unique and powerful tool – the photograph. In today’s world, conservation organizations such as the Sierra Club, Audubon Society and Greenpeace continue to save species and preserve wild places by arousing the public with powerful visual images reproduced in wall calendars and large format books. Pairing these images with words – poems, essays, or articles on scientific, historical, aesthetic, or spiritual dimensions of nature – has been another important means of preserving the earth.

      This course was designed for students interested in photographing and preserving our natural environment. Photographic instruction was centered on camera use, composition, and printmaking through Photoshop and digital story-telling. Students also read a variety of nature writings and experimented with different forms of nature writing related to their photographic images. Classroom sessions included philosophical discussions of the viability of using photography, alone or with writing, to lobby Congress and increase public awareness of conservation issues. Stewardship of the earth’s resources and the role of nature in spiritual and artistic development were central themes throughout the course.

      A reception and presentation of the exhibit took place Monday October 20, 5 – 6:30 p.m.


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      Instructors Dr. Libby Jones and Dr. Alan Mills, and students Taylor Ashworth, Atiba Bailey, Nicholas Farr, Ricky Foley, Chloe Forsting, Sara Gallimore, Oksana Grishchuk, Emily Isaacs, Austin Johnson, Tabitha Potter-Cornett, Christine Rider, Anna Joines Skaggs, Kathleen G. Tempesta, Tenzin Tsundu, and Marty Wayland


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    As It Once Was: A Reflection on Trammel, Virginia

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    • Paintings by Danielle Owens (Class of  2014)

      Selected pieces from this online exhibit were featured in the 2014 Senior Art Exhibition in Berea College’s Upper and Lower Traylor Art Galleries as part of recent Berea College graduate Danielle Owens’ senior art project. The Loyal Jones Appalachian Center has supported this project, and continues to support it by featuring two selected pieces in Faber Library and the entire collection of powerfully poignant paintings in this online exhibit. Read below for Danielle’s description of the project.

      Artist’s Statement:

      I was born and raised in the heart of Southwest Virginia to a family deep-rooted in coal. Trammel, a once thriving coal camp close to my home, is a symbol of personal heritage that is rich with music, stories and the proud individuals whose hard work fueled the country in the early 1900s. My paintings are my reflection on Trammel. I recall memories of the town as it once was; and even now, it serves as a reminder of a way of life. The older generations tell stories about this time in Appalachia, and local music recalls the struggle of miners and their families, but few people from outside the coal fields of Trammel, Virginia understand its deep history. I chose to work with watercolor because of its delicate, ethereal quality, emphasized by the fading lines and faint colors. I believe this softness evokes a sense of memory, which is often dissolved and unclear. The paper I selected has a light sepia tone which reminds me of old family photographs. Just as photographs document moments passed, my work documents a place and time in Appalachia that is quickly fading away.


      To learn more about this project, email Danielle Owens at berealady9@gmail.com.

    Exhibit: Sarah’s Appalachia: Sevier County, Tennessee

    • Posted on by Christopher Miller
    • Sarah Carr installing her exhibition: Sarah's Appalachia: Sevier County, Tennessee

      Sarah Carr installing her exhibition: Sarah’s Appalachia: Sevier County, Tennessee

      Title: Sarah’s Appalachia: Sevier County, Tennessee

      Dates Showing: November 21, 2013 through July 31, 2014

      Description: This exhibition is a photovoice project.  Berea student Sarah Carr selected five images of places connected to her hometown, Sever County, Tennessee.  Carr’s evocative caption into her place and her perceptions of that place.

      View the PDF version of Sarah’s exhibition.

      Curator: Student Curator Sarah Carr, student employee of the Brushy Fork Institute

      Location: LJAC Gallery, Loyal Jones Appalachian Center, Stephenson Hall, Berea College, 211 N. Main Street, Berea, Kentucky

    Exhibit: Dolly Parton Pinball, More Than Just A Game

    • Posted on by Christopher Miller
    • STATUS: Dolly is available for free play in the LJAC Gallery during open hours.  High scores were reset for fall semester 2014. – Updated August 20, 2014

      Image of the 1979 Dolly Parton Pinball Machine in the Appalachian Center Gallery

      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.

      Click here to visit the online version of the exhibit.

      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

    Exhibit: Made in Appalachia: Exploring Appalachian Material Culture Beyond Cabins, Crafts, and Coal

    • Posted on by Christopher Miller
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      Title: Made in Appalachia: Exploring Appalachian Material Culture Beyond Cabins, Crafts, and Coal

      Dates Showing: September 2, 2013 through June 30, 2015

      Description: This exhibition explores Appalachian material culture beyond the artifacts stereotypically associated with the region.  It is part of a larger multi-year project  expanding and diversifying our ideas about Appalachian material culture and diversifying our Appalachian Studies Teaching Collection of Artifacts.  This exhibit uses products of the region as an entrée to expanded ideas about the region and its people, including:

      • Salt from the West Virginia salines,
      • Cast iron from eastern Kentucky,
      • Ethylene glycol anti-freeze from the Chemical Valley,
      • The Kodak film emulsion and acetate substrate,
      • The acetate fibers and fabrics used in women’s clothing,
      • Glass marbles, bottles, and volume production art glass,
      • Mass produced restaurant and hotel china,
      • Kodel polyester fabrics,
      • Early Tenite plastic housewares,
      • Aluminum siding, housewares, and beverage cans,
      • Uranium and plutonium for the first atomic bombs,
      • Carpet and tufted bedspreads from north Georgia,
      • Bottled Coca Cola
      • Manufacture of soda bottles and crates,
      • and dozens of other items.

      In the exhibit you can see these items and read the stories of their connection to Appalachia.  Exploring this array of artifacts helps open up our ideas about who has lived and worked in Appalachia.  One encounters slaves who worked in the salt and iron furnaces, Flemish and French immigrants glass workers, freed African-Americans who provided the “cheap labor” in steel mills, Eastern European factory workers, child labor, migrants from rural Appalachian and the Deep South, and the “Hillbilly Girls” who made uranium for the first atomic bombs.

      Click here to visit the online version of the exhibit.

      Curators: College Curator Christopher Miller and Student Curatorial Associate Joey Shepherd.  The online version also involved Student Curatorial Assistant Caroline Hughes.  The project registrar was Student Curatorial Associate Matt Heil.

      Location: Appalachian Center Gallery Display Cases, Loyal Jones Appalachian Center, Stephenson Hall, Berea College, 211 N. Main Street, Berea, Kentucky

      Display Case Number 5 in the Appalachian Center Gallery showing artifacts from the chemical and plastic industry in Appalachia

    Past Exhibit: All the Pretty Horses

    Exhibit: 40 Years of Appalachian Heritage Magazine

    • Posted on by Christopher Miller

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      Title: “40 Years of Appalachian Heritage: A Literary Quarterly of the Southern Appalachians”

      Dates Shown: June 7, 2013 through October 19, 2014

      Description: This show explored the impact of one of the region’s first and most significant regional journals after forty years of publication.

      Curators: Former Editor George Brosi, LJAC Director Chris Green, Student Curatorial Associate Joey Shephard, and College Curator Christopher Miller.

      Location:  Longwall Gallery, Loyal Jones Appalachian Center, Bruce-Trades Building, Berea College, 205 N. Main Street, Berea, Kentucky

      Online Version: A limited online version of the exhibit is available.


    Standing Exhibit: “Exploring Appalachia”

    • Posted on by Christopher Miller
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      Title: “Exploring Appalachia”

      Dates Showing: Ongoing since 2006, but constantly changing.

      Description: Centered around a 12 foot square relief map of the region, this exhibit provides a nice introduction to the Appalachia for all levels of interest.  This map is the backdrop when the Gallery is converted to a classroom, making the Gallery a great setting for teaching about the region.



      Exhibit highlights include a thirty pound block of coal–the amount required to generate the average daily electrical usage of the typical American household; a map of all the places in Appalachian where energy is generated and fuels are extracted; information about the history, naming, and definition of Appalachia; and a little about Appalachian dialect.

      Curators: There have been a host of curators for different components of this exhibit including, Christopher Miller, Chad Berry, Silas House, and Chris Green.  Assisted by many student Curatorial Assistants and Associates.

      Location: Main Gallery, Loyal Jones Appalachian Center, Stephenson Hall Ground Floor, Berea College Campus, 211 N. Main St., Berea, Kentucky.  Public Parking is available at College Square and on Main Street.


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