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Thursday, August 24th, 2023
Thursday, August 24th
All Day
  • Location: FAC Corridor Gallery
  • Time: All Day

Stop by the FAC Cooridor Gallery between Aug. 21st to Sept. 23rd to enjoy the Altered Environments Group Printmaking Exhibition by WKU Art & Design. 

All Day
  • Location: FAC Gallery
  • Time: All Day

Stop by the FAC Gallery to enjoy the WKU Art & Design Faculty Exhibit during the first week of classes. 

8:30am - 11:30am
  • Location: Classroom Halway Grise Hall 1st Floor
  • Time: 8:30am - 11:30am

Donuts with the Sociology and Criminology Department

1:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Location: Kentucky Museum
  • Time: 1:00pm - 8:00pm

Reaching Beyond Tradition invites the public to engage with Southeastern basket makers and tradition-keepers in conversation about the history, importance, and continuing evolution of this regional art form. Attendees will learn their unique stories and the roles that they play in maintaining traditions, as well as have chances to compare Kentucky’s unique tradition to those found in other parts of the Southeast, making connections that are crucial to understanding the contributions of basket making to Kentucky culture while also connecting us to the broader context of a Southeastern and global art form.

The program will include four sessions, held during the afternoon and evening hours. Each session will feature a narrative stage, with discussions guided by a facilitator (5-10 prepared questions) with room for audience questions.

For more information, please click here.

1:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Location: Kentucky Museum
  • Time: 1:00pm - 8:00pm

Reaching Beyond Tradition with Folk Studies and Anthropology

1:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Location: Kentucky Museum
  • Time: 1:00pm - 9:00pm
  • For generations of community-based traditional artists throughout the Southeastern US, and more pointedly, in and around Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave area, basketmaking has been a way of life.  Fueled initially by necessity, the basket’s journey and its significance within the community has evolved over time from its early utilitarian use to become a heralded object of art.

  • Through Reaching Beyond Tradition, our public audience will experience the evolution of the time-honored tradition through topical narrative stage presentations that will bring this dynamic and evolving story to life.  Throughout the day’s program, attendees with discover the maker’s painstaking hands-on process, what it takes to make a basket, but also learn the historical antecedents of how the evolving marketplace, from family production within the home to the basket stands catering to travelers along the Dixie Highway (31W) affected and expanded individual innovation within a revered framework of community ideals.

  • Narrative Stage Schedule is as Follows:

  • 1:00 pm -“Tradition-Bearers” - Discover the basket makers’ unique stories of encountering and becoming involved in the art of basket making and their roles in maintaining the traditions of their regions, comparing their methods and materials. - Presenters: Scott Gilbert, Bill Smith, Sue Williams

  • 2:30 pm - “Inspirations” - Discover the inspirations behind making their works, evaluating the process of different forms of basket making and how individual and community inspirations play a role in the various styles found in the region. - Presenters: Mary Ann Smith, Sue Williams

  • 5:30 pm - “Knowledge-Sharing” - Discusses the different roles played by basket makers in their communities, including how knowledge is shared between makers and generations as well as how makers market their works to the public. - Presenters: Bill Smith, Sue Williams, Mary Ann Smith, Scott Gilbert

  • 7:00 pm - “Continuity and Evolution” - Discusses the younger generation’s engagement with tradition-bearers, roles in fostering larger community connections and awareness of traditional art forms, and how global communication is connecting and transforming local practices. - Presenters: Emily Swinney, Micah Wiles

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