- October 22, 2014
Title: Photography and Writing: Tools for Conservation
Dates Shown: October 20, 2014 – January 30, 2015
Location: Loyal Jones Appalachian Center
Description: This exhibit showcased 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.
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
- July 2, 2013
Title: All the Pretty Horses: Works on Paper by Peter Josyph Celebrating Cormac McCarthy’s Novel
Dates Shown: March 8, 2013 through May 31, 2013
Description: An exhibition of ten works on paper by New York artist Peter Josyph. Josyph drew his inspiration from Cormac McCarthy’s novel All they Pretty Horses. The exhibition opened during the 2013 International Cormac McCarthy Conference, held in Berea, Kentucky.
Curators: Artist Peter Josyph with interpretive elements by Christopher Miller.
Location: Loyal Jones Appalachian Center, Stephenson Hall, Berea College, 205 N. Main Street, Berea, Kentucky
- Article: Brosi, George. “Cormac McCarthy a Rare Literary Life” Appalachian Heritage, Winter 2011 Issue (PDF)
- All the Pretty Horses 2013 The International Cormac McCarthy Conference, held in Berea, Kentucky
- Article on the Conference at BCNow!
- The Cormack McCarthy Society Website
- June 21, 2013
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.