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Photographer and Former Kentucky Poet Laureate to Speak at UC

Williamsburg, Kentucky - Photographer and former Kentucky Poet Laureate James Baker Hall will be speaking at University of the Cumberlands at 3 p.m. in Andersen Auditorium on Sunday, October 2. The lecture and following reception mark the opening of an exhibit of photographs from Hall's latest book, Tobacco Harvest: An Elegy. The exhibit runs October 2 through November 12.

As poet laureate, Hall's two year appointment was focused on bringing artists to schools so that students are not only taught about works of art but also get to talk to artists.

Julie Wheeler, UC art department chair, states, "I am very excited about having James Baker Hall's work in our gallery. I have been an admirer of his since I lived in Lexington and look forward to purchasing a book of his photographs and poetry next Sunday and having him sign it at the reception."

Hall has won numerous awards as a photographer, including a Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts Photography Fellowship, and first prize in "Photo-Vision 73." His photographs have been shown in New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, Buffalo, and elsewhere, and reproduced in Aperture, Popular Photography, Popular Photography Annual, The American Photographer, Color Photography, and U.S. Camera, among additional books and periodicals. Other published collections of his photographs are Orphan in the Attic and A Spring-Fed Pond. He has taught photography at MIT, the University of Connecticut, and the Visual Studies Workshop. From 1973 until his recent retirement, he was Director of Creative Writing at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

The lecture and exhibit are part of the University's Cultural Arts Series and will be held in the Andersen Building on the UC campus. Exhibit hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and admission is free. The University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts college in its 116th year of operation. UC offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and 9 pre-professional programs, as well as online and accelerated, non-traditional programs for busy, working adults.