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Garry Barker, Kentucky Folk Art Center

Garry Barker Garry Barker has been director of the Kentucky Folk Art Center at Morehead State University since 1997. He has been an arts administrator for more than 35 years, having previously served as assistant director of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, director of the Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen, and director of the Berea College Student Crafts Program.

Garry grew up in Elliott and Fleming counties and is a Berea alumnus himself: He graduated in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in English. He is also the author of nine published books, including The Handcraft Revival in Southern Appalachia, 1930-1990 and Notes from a Native Son: Essays on the Appalachian Experience, both from the University of Tennessee Press; Copperhead Summer, a novel; three short-story collections; a history of the Berea Hospital; and a coffee-table book with Berea artist Mitchell Tolle. His newspaper column, “Head of the Holler,” appears in papers in Richmond, Vanceburg, and Morehead and is used as a National Public Radio commentary.

A former president and life member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild in Asheville, NC, Garry serves on the boards of directors of the Knott County Art & Craft Foundation, the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music, and Flemingsburg Main Street. He was a member of the first class of Leadership East Kentucky, serves on the National Advisory Committee for the Kentucky School of Craft in Hindman, and is on the Artisan Advisory Council for The Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea.

Program 409

The Meet the Remarkable Clarks drama at Locust Grove, the Kentucky Folk Art Center at Morehead State University, a demonstration of bead making from Bonnie Blincoe, and music by Carla Van Hoose. (#409)


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