Loyal Jones Appalachian Center

Exhibit: “Dolly Parton Pinball, More Than Just A Game”

Posted on by Christopher Miller

STATUS: Dolly is working great and available for free play in the LJAC Gallery during open hours.  High scores were reset for summer 2015. – Updated July 29, 2015

Latest Statistics: During fall semester 2014 – 901 games were played.  During spring semester 2015 – 882 games were played. The current all-time high score is 10,089,380 set on June 29, 2015.

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. During the mid-1970s, Bally, a leading pinball machine maker, had a successful series of machines based on celebrities including singer Elton John, daredevil Evel 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 music star Dolly Parton to license her persona for a pinball machine.  Parton agreed, a contract was signed, and design work began.  This kicked off 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

LJAC Director Chris Green presents a certificate to the winner of our 2013 pinball tournament.

LJAC Director Chris Green presents a certificate to the winner of our 2013 pinball tournament.

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