By Selena Stevens
Through Deaf Eyes," which features photographs,
objects, replicas, text and an interactive DVD highlighting
the little-known history of deaf Americans, runs through
Saturday, Nov. 3, in the Ransdall Gallery of the UK
26, 2001 (Lexington, Ky.) --
The exhibit featuring American deaf history will enter
its final week of showing at the University of Kentucky
on Oct. 29. The exhibit closes Nov. 3.
Through Deaf Eyes," hosted by UK and the Kentucky
School for the Deaf in Danville, features photographs,
objects, replicas, text and an interactive DVD that
highlight the little known history of deaf Americans.
specific to Kentucky's deaf heritage is part of the
exhibit, which allows its host to specialize an area
of the exhibit. The exhibit was organized by Gallaudet
University, a college for the deaf and hearing-impaired
in Washington, D.C.
the second showing of the exhibit, which has been
seen only in Hartford, Conn., at the American School
for the Deaf. The American School, a privately funded
institution created in 1820, is the first U.S. school
for the deaf.
showing is co-hosted by the Kentucky School for the
Deaf, the first publicly funded school for the deaf
in the United States, which opened in 1823, and served
as a model for public schools for the deaf.
Corson, superintendent of the Kentucky School for
the Deaf, served as a consultant to Gallaudet in creating
Through Deaf Eyes" opened Oct. 1. The exhibit is open
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday in the Rasdall
Gallery in the UK Student Center. The gallery may
be opened by appointment for groups by calling (859)
series is planned for Thursday evenings during the
exhibit, and the gallery will be open extended hours
during a lecture event.
the UK showing, the exhibit will travel to William
Woods University in Fulton, Mo. In 2002, the exhibit
will be seen in Philadelphia; Rochester, N.Y.; and
the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Through Deaf Eyes" was made possible by a major grant
from the National Endowment for the Humanities and
support from The Motorola Foundation, The John S.
and James L. Knight Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation,
SBC Foundation and the BFGoodrich Foundation.