The LJAC Gallery

Because of the closure of the Berea College campus, the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center Gallery is closed to the public until further notice. We are sorry for any inconvenience. If you scheduled to use the Gallery between now and May 1, 2020 your reservation has been cancelled.  Contact Heather Dent, Program Associate. 859-985-3140, Heather_Dent@berea.edu with any questions.

The LJAC Gallery is the heart of the Center.

It is a great place to start your quest to learn or teach about Appalachia. Designed as a quickly transformable multifunctional space, it serves as a:

  • Visitors center
  • Classroom
  • Exhibition space
  • Student hangout
  • Theater
  • & Performance hall
New students visit the gallery and point to the place they are from on LJAC's map wall
New students visit there gallery, "Where are you from?"

Exhibitions in the Gallery

The gallery’s exhibits introduce people to the Appalachian Region. The LJAC Gallery is open to public visitors on weekdays from 8:00am to 5:00pm.  The gallery may be closed without notice when in use by courses, special events, or on Berea College Holidays.

Section of "When I was 20..." exhibiton

Public Programming and Events in the Gallery

The Gallery is LJAC’s educational programming and events space.  It is home to our Dinner on the Grounds lunch series, Appalachian Heritage authors’ readings, writing workshops, film showings, and more.  Most of our events are open to the college community and the public.

  • To hear about our events by email, please join The Quilt mailing list.
    Email AppalachianCenter@berea.edu with “Add to the Quilt” in the subject line.
Image of Dr. Alan Mills presenting on the different techniques of Kentucky dulcimer makers
Dr. Alan Mills presenting on his use of reclaimed wood.

Scheduling use of the Gallery

The gallery can be reserved for use by faculty, campus departments, campus organizations, as LJAC staffing allows.  A limited number of reservations are available for non-profit community groups.

  • Faculty are invited schedule the Gallery for special teaching sessions related to Appalachia.  Teaching use gets priority treatment.  If you would like LJAC faculty or staff to interact with your course, please contact us.
  • For on-campus users, gallery availability can be viewed using the Outlook system.  However, reservations are only taken by email to Heather Dent, Program Associate. 859-985-3140, Heather_Dent@berea.edu.
  • For off-campus users, call or email Heather Dent, Program Associate. 859-985-3140, Heather_Dent@berea.edu to inquire about possible use.
Students from the Appalachian Music course perform a traditional ballad using a "cranky" for visual effects
Students in the Appalachian music course demonstrate their "cranky"