Loyal Jones Appalachian Center

    The Journeyman’s Song: Paintings by Jeff Chapman-Crane

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      Title: The Journeyman’s Song: Paintings by Jeff Chapman-Crane

      Dates Showing: April 11, 2016 through June 3, 2016

      Location: Loyal Jones Appalachian Center, Longwall Gallery

      Description: Twenty paintings by noted Appalachian artist Jeff Chapman-Crane

      Artist’s Statement: Jeff Chapman-Crane is a Southern Appalachian artist who lifts up the truth and integrity of the mountain experience with realistic images of people and places. He works in water-based media (watercolor, gouache, and egg tempera) and has been painting for over 30 years since being challenged and inspired by his high school art teacher, Don Hilton. Following the tenets of the American Society of Classical Realism, Jeff’s work encompasses the highest principles of traditional representational art – fine drawing, balanced design, harmonious color and skillful craftsmanship. While not in the stylized realism of American Regionalism, his work shares a strong identification with a particular region – conveying geographic features of the land and unique human, cultural and social characteristics.

      Among the artists who have greatly influenced Chapman-Crane’s work are Rembrandt for the shear power of composition, mastery of brushstrokes, and the profound depth of human understanding revealed in his portraits; Vermeer in his use of light and portrayals of everyday, domestic life; the French Impressionists for their revelation of the color of light; and Edward Hopper’s ability to stop time and capture a moment. Jeff gives much credit to Vincent Van Gogh, his favorite artist, whose emotional intensity and absolute devotion to his work move and inspire him. His realistic work follows well-established traditions in American art, in the vein of Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, and Andrew Wyeth for their portrayals of ordinary life. Social commentary photographers Dorothy Lange, Ken Murray of Tennessee, and “Picture Man” Mullins of Jenkins, Kentucky have also influenced the content of Jeff’s work.

      His work has been featured in American Artist Magazine, and he is a four-time finalist in the Artists Magazine’s annual portrait competition. He was the illustrator for the children’s book, “Ragsale”, which won Best in Show at the 1995 New England Bookfair. Jeff’s work has been represented by the Phyllis J. Weston Art Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio and by the J.N. Bartfield Gallery in New York City.

      Today he lives in Eolia, Kentucky and operates The Valley of the Winds Art Gallery with his wife, Sharman Chapman-Crane. Sharman is also an artist and creates representational sculptures of endangered animals and habitats with found materials. “Come an’ set a spell” at the Valley of the Winds Art Gallery, 2356 Hwy. 806, Eolia, Ky 40826. 606-633-8652.

      Curators: The artist and Christopher Miller

    Berea Made, Berea Served: Glimpses of Past Student Labor

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    • Title: Berea Made, Berea Served: Glimpses of Past Student Labor

      Dates Showing: February 25, 2016 through at least January 15, 2017

      Location: Lobby of the Frost Building, Berea College Campus

      Description: All students at Berea College have worked in the Student Labor Program since its official beginning in 1906. Many things about the program have changed. Some student positions no longer exist and others have evolved considerably. There also used to be a Labor Day Parade and contests for certain kinds of work. This exhibit explores a few labor positions, kinds of work, and Labor Day activities that no longer exist. It uses artifacts from the Berea College history collection and images from the College archives.

      Student Curator: Rustina Mullins (’16) assisted by Kathryn Dunn and Christopher Miller

    Exhibit: “Sounds of Song and Dance: Recent Music Accessions to the Teaching Collection”

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    • Title: “Sounds of Song and Dance: Recent Music Accessions to the Teaching Collection”

      Dates Showing: Opened September 1, 2015, currently showing

      Location: Loyal Jones Appalachian Center, Longwall Gallery

      Description: This exhibit highlights several recent additions to the Appalachian Studies Teaching Artifacts Collection that relate to dance, music, and sound.  Included are record albums and cassette tapes published by the Berea College Recreation Extension, a dulcimer made by L. Allen Smith, and a record album on the physics of sound, used in teaching media production at Berea College in the 1970s and 1980s.

      Curator and Designer: Kathryn Dunn, Student Curatorial Associate

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    Poster Exhibit: East Tennessee Showcase

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    • Title: East Tennessee Showcase Poster Exhibit

      Dates Showing: Opened October 23, 2013 and still showing

      Description: Four current Berea College students created poster displays about there chunk of the East Tennessee world for the East Tennessee showcase student event.  For a limited time the posters remain on display in the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center.

      Curators: Student Curators include: Tabitha Cornett, Tyler Culver, Haley Skeen, and Shelby Wheeler

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

      Click each thumbnail below to view the posters

    Exhibit: “Sarah’s Appalachia: Sevier County, Tennessee”

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    • 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”

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    • 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 August 7, 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.

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

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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

    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.

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      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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