Arts & Humanities

Getting Down to the Bare Bones (Spring 2010)

Call him "Bones." For nearly 40 years, this UK photography professor has honed his skills behind the camera while encouraging students to embrace complexity in their work and follow their curiosity wherever it takes them.

Gurney Norman Named Poet Laureate (Summer 09)
Grammar School for Scholars (Winter 09)

A team of UK faculty hosted Shughni-speaking language scholars from Khorog, Tajikistan, for a month-long workshop last summer. The goal? Create the first comprehensive grammar of Shughni, an “endangered” language.

Nikos Pappas: Not Just Fiddling Around (Winter 09)

A doctoral candidate in musicology at UK, Nikos Pappas is putting the finishing touches on his dissertation, which revises the conceptual understanding of sacred music culture as it developed in the South and West.

Jonathan Glixon: The Music of the Sisters (Winter 09)
Saving the Stories of Kentucky's Past (2009)

With more than 7,000 interviews ranging from Adolph Rupp to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, UK's Louie B. Nunn Center has one of the nation's largest collections of oral histories.

Resurrecting the Iliad (Summer 08)

Armed with a robot-mounted laser scanner, two UK researchers from the Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments travel to Venice, Italy, to realize their goal of offering Homer’s Iliad to the world with the click of a mouse.

On the Trail of Stolen Statues (Summer 08)

Triggered by a snapshot she took 14 years earlier of a memorial statue that belonged to a Kenyan tribesman, Monica Udvardy turns detective to return African art to its rightful owners.

Bucks for Brains Students Travel to Japan (2007)

The often disparate worlds of art and engineering came together for two UK mechanical engineering students through UK ’s Bucks for Brains Summer Research Program.

25th anniversary issue: Literature & the Arts (Fall 07)

The Electronic Beowulf
Saxophone Research

Non-Toxic Art

Osland: Packing a Mean Sax (Fall 05)

Saxophone research. An oxymoron, you say? Read how—with the support of a $24,000 UK research grant—a UK professor, performing artist, arranger, and composer conducts research.

Research Supercomputing (Summer 05)

Ross Scaife: Taking Postclassical Latin Online

Enrico Mario Santí: Octavio Paz's Intellect and Poetry (Fall 2004)
Fay Yarbrough: Expert in Cherokee History Happy to Be at UK (Summer 2004)

Using Works Progress Administration narratives, Yarbrough's research on the bi-racial sons and daughters of slaves has shed new light on the relationship between and among whites, blacks and Indians.

Heather Freeman's New Media Art: Clint Eastwood with an Aura? (Summer 2004)

Freeman's art offers analogs between pseudo-science and actual science in pop culture.

Robert Haven: Making Sure the Show Goes on—in Style (Summer 2004)

The master costume constructor for UK's theater department, Haven melds creativity and geometry to build the clothes that make the play.

In Search of East Africa's Ancestral Statues (Spring 2004)

Cultural anthropologist Monica Udvardy is teaming up with U.S. museums to stop global traffic in vigango (memorial statues) and return them to their creators, the Giriama people of Kenya.

Mark Summers and the Serious Business of Political Cartoons (Spring 2004)

UK's first Thomas D. Clark Endowed Professor of History discusses the power of political cartoons and his nearly lifelong interest in this art form.

Jeremy Popkin: Taking a New Turn into Autobiography (Spring 2004)

Popkin, who has taught at UK since 1978, focused his research this year on examples of autobiography from the first half of the 19th century in France, because that is when it became common for French authors to publish autobiographies while they were still alive.

Hollywood's Indian (Spring 2003)

UK's Armando Prats follows a childhood love of the Western to publish a book on myth and identity in the American Western.

John Jacob Niles Has a New Kentucky Home (Fall 2002)

An extensive collection of this Kentuckian's songs, writings, and instruments has a permanent home in the new UK center.

Fired-Up for Their Art (Spring 2002)

UK faculty and students sculpt with molten metals.

Noteworthy Prima Donna Enjoying New Role at UK (Spring 2002)

Gail Robinson joins the UK opera department after two decades as a world-renowned soprano and 12 years as an administrator at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

Bobbie Ann Mason: Zigagging Her Way Back to UK (Spring 2002)

The Pulitzer Prize-nominated author is the first writer-in-residence in the College of Arts and Sciences at UK.

The Well-Read Life: University Press Director Ken Cherry Retires (Spring 2002)

In August 2001 this poet, book reviewer, and editor retired as director of The University Press of Kentucky after 23 years.

The Latin Dr. Seuss Is on the Loose (Fall 2001)

Husband-and-wife team Jennifer and Terence Tunberg translate Seuss's Cat in the Hat as an entertaining text for Latin students.

James Baker Hall: Kentucky's New Poet Laureate (Fall 2001)

The highly respected teacher of writing at UK is Kentucky's new ambassador of poetry.

Not Dying for Their Art: UK Printmakers Create Nontoxic Techniques (Fall 2000)

Gerald Ferstman and Ross Zirkle are creating new methods and chemical alternatives to the more than 100 toxic substances used by traditional printmakers.

Solving the Case of the Professor Who Loved Popular Literature (Spring 2000)

English professor John Cawelti has spent a lifetime deriving intriguing insights from mysteries, westerns, and horror stories.

Researching Literature through Multiple Lenses (Spring 99)

A Theory of National Manhood

UK's Glassblower Combines Art with Science (Fall 1998)

Jeff Babbitt builds or repairs from 1,000 to 2,000 pieces of glasswork a year for UK faculty.

Arts and the Kentucky Economy (Fall 1998)

The economic impact of arts organizations alone in Kentucky was $22 million in worker earnings and 1,324 jobs in the state last year.

History Grads Pay Tribute to Charles Roland (Spring 1998)

John David Smith and Thomas Appleton recently edited A Mythic Land Apart: Reassessing Southerners and Their History, a book of essays written by proteges of retired University of Kentucky history professor Charles Roland.

Digging Into the Past (Fall 1998)

UK researchers are excavating Fort Logan, built in 1777, in Lincoln County, Kentucky.

photo of Bones

Dennis “Bones” Carpenter, who has taught photography courses at UK since 1973, describes himself as a maximalist. “I want my students to embrace complexity and follow their curiosity wherever it leads them.”

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