Monday, December 16, 2013

Terry B. Mobely (left) with Jim Albisetti

Please join me in congratulating Jim Albisetti.

Jim was awarded the Terry B. Mobley Development Service Award last Wednesday! It is presented each year to a UK professional, administrator, faculty or staff member who demonstrates extraordinary support for the development effort at the University and is a strong advocate for UK philanthropy.

Jim has been giving to the university for over 30 years including establishing several endowments across campus. Significant to the Museum, he established the Albisetti Exhibition Fund to acquire, transport, and/or provide funds for the installation of art exhibitions. Jim loves the Art Museum and you will see him at all of our events with several guests.

He’s a great example of life-long philanthropy. Congratulations Jim!

Monday, December 9, 2013

DORIS ULMANN, Girl with Scrub Board
I’m Venda Ballard, a first year Art History graduate student at the University of Kentucky. I’m proud to be the new curatorial and education intern here at the Art Museum, working with the Curator, Janie Welker, and Deborah Borrowdale-Cox, Director of Education. I’m learning a lot about all of the different aspects of museum work, and gaining valuable experience that will help me as I move forward in my career.

One of the projects I have most enjoyed working on is my research about two very interesting female photographers. Doris Ulmann (1882 – 1934) and Mary Marvin Breckinridge Patterson (1905 – 2002) were both groundbreaking artists. Born to wealthy families, each woman ventured outside of the comforts of her social class to make great strides in photography. Doris Ulmann went from making society portraits to documenting the people of Appalachia with care and grace, while Mary Marvin Breckinridge Patterson became a CBS radio correspondent and photojournalist across Europe during World War II.

I’m excited to be able to contribute my research about these fascinating women to the upcoming exhibition Wide Angle: American Photographs, showcasing work from the Art Museum’s extensive collection.

My internship is supported by the Efroymson Family Fund.