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