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James Baker Hall Exhibit Now Open


Williamsburg, Ky. - University of the Cumberlands Art Department invites the community to visit the exhibit of James Baker Hall's photography in the J. M. Boswell Gallery on campus. The exhibit runs through November 4 and is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Hall, Kentucky's former Poet Laureate, spoke at the opening reception on October 2 and shared about his journey into photography. Telling about his adolescent years working with sports coverage in Kentucky, Hall revealed that he considered himself an orphan from an arts-starved environment until he stumbled across the Paris-inspired works of T. S. Eliot, Modigliani, and others. Supporting himself and taking advantage of opportunities for adventure and enrichment in Paris, Hall craved to feed the "nighttime portion of his mind," where he experienced peace and contentment. Such pursuits are reflected in the exhibited collection of photographs from his book, "Orphan in the Attic," 1995.

Many of the compositions use elements of nature to create the effect of a more painterly medium. Mist, movement, and mood characterize several of the works, in which Hall attempts to use photography as a miner's lamp to discover what impressions were left on the dark walls of his memory after his mother's death when he was a child.

Admission is free. University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Ky., 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 adults. For more information, contact the Art Department at 606-539-4416.

Photo Caption: Art Department Chair Julie Wheeler, center facing, welcomes the exhibit guests to reflect upon Hall's work.