march 12, 2019

“The world can be amazing when you’re slightly strange.” ~ Unknown     Friend, fellow Appalachian, and Associate Director of the Appalachian Center, Kathryn Engle, wanted to bring her students to Special Collections for show and tell. The best show and tell artists in the building are Matt Strandmark and Megan Mummey (below). They talk to classes all the time – Matt teaches dozens of classes each year – and

july 21, 2018

“Don’t wait. Life goes faster than you think.” ~ Unknown     Shell and Crystal admired a camera sitting atop the Audubon cabinet housing Transy Library’s copy of John James Audubon’s Birds of America. The ladies give scale to the enormous prints that were bound into beautiful leather bindings. The prints and the cabinet, which was specially made for the volumes, were donated to the library by a wealthy woman

march 9, 2016

“Despite my everyday grumblings and bewilderment, I have never been more appreciative of how indescribably wonderful this life can be.” ~ Walter Tunis     There’s a great exhibit in Special Collections right now called The Immigrant Experience and Contribution in Appalachian Coalfields. It was put together in partnership with the Appalachian Center. We provided audio clips for the listening kiosk. Pretty cool stuff, and I really liked it sitting beside

april 10, 2014

“Seek to do brave and lovely things which are left undone by the majority of people. Give gifts of love and peace to those whom others pass by.”  ~ Paramhansa Yogananda Meet UK Provost Christine Riordan. We met taking this picture. Actually, we were never formally introduced, but I suspect she’ll remember me after today, or at least she’ll remember her visit. She was scheduled to come by Special Collections for

august 28, 2013

“Patience: It’s a virtue when you really want to bitch, and a necessity when you really want to whine.” ~ David DeWitt It was the first day of the fall semester. In celebration, Special Collections had an open house complete with free ice cream and a photo exhibit on dogs. Here, Stacy Yelton, impersonating model Carol Merrill, directs our attention to my favorite photo in the set. Meanwhile, we thought

july 22, 2013

“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past, or a pioneer of the future.” ~ Deepak Chopra I think it’s a good sign that I’ve already started photographing the new (old) building. The paintings are replicas of WPA paintings found in their original state on the second floor of the Margaret I. King Library where