Loyal Jones Appalachian Center

Photo of Exhibits in the Appalachian Center Gallery Summer 2011


The Loyal Jones Appalachian Center presents an ongoing program of educational exhibits in our Center and around campus.  Our LJAC Gallery is ringed with exhibits to developed to introduce both the visitor and the scholar to Appalachia.

Location: The LJAC Gallery is on the Berea College Campus in the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center, first floor of Stephenson Hall, 205 N. Main St., Berea, Kentucky.  Public parking is available at the nearby College Square and Boone Tavern Hotel.

Hours: The LJAC Gallery exhibits are free and open to the public 9:00am-5:00pm weekdays, except Berea College holidays and when the Gallery is in use as a classroom. Other times my be possible by special arrangement.

Now Showing in the Center: 

Special Exhibit: Modern Tintypes of Folk Musicians, by Lisa Elmaleh

Seventeen tintype photographs of contemporary Appalachian folk musicians, primarily from Kentucky.  These images were selected by the artist and are part of her series America Folk







Carrr_CountryMusicEast Tennessee Showcase Posters

Four current Berea students created posters on their piece of East Tennessee for the East Tennessee Showcase event in the Center.  The Posters remain on display in the Gallery.


Student Photo Story: Sarah’s Appalachia: Sevier County, Tennessee

Student Sarah Carr tells a photo story using five of her images from life in and around her hometown of Sevier County, Tennessee.

View PDF of Sarah’s Exhibit


Special Exhibit: Under Investigation: Stories of Cryptids from Appalachia & Kentucky

CryptidsTwoCaseCloseShowing Frost Building Lobby

A cryptid is an animal whose existence or continued existence is disputed or unsubstantiated.  This small exhibit introduces eight interesting cryptids found in Appalachian and Kentucky folklore: The Pope Lick Monster, Moth Man, Sheepsquatch, Giant Catfish, The Flatwoods Monster, Bigfoot, Little Green Men of Kelly, and Black Panther or Painter Cats.  Produced the LJAC, but showing in the Lobby of the Frost Building on campus.



Display Case Number 5 in the Appalachian Center Gallery showing artifacts from the chemical and plastic industry in Appalachia
Special Exhibit: Made in Appalachia: Exploring Appalachian Material Culture beyond Cabins, Crafts, and Coal

This exhibition 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.

Click here to visit the online version of the exhibit




Image of the 1979 Dolly Parton Pinball Machine in the Appalachian Center Gallery
Interactive Exhibit: The Dolly Parton Pinball Machine, More Than Just A Game

Built around a working 1979 Dolly Parton pinball machine, this exhibition explores Appalachian identity and representation. In 1978 Bally Co. approached Dolly Parton to license her persona for a pinball machine.  This began an interesting journey determining how Parton would be portrayed on the machine. The machine is available for free play during gallery hours, limit two games per patron per day.

Click here to visit the online version of the exhibit

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