Kentucky Folk Art Center Hosts “Cancer in Appalachia” Exhibition Exploring Area Health Issues



Morehead State University’s Kentucky Folk Art Center (KFAC) will host a new exhibition, “Cancer in Appalachia: Viewing the Cancer Crisis in Appalachia Through the Camera Lens and the Eyes of Our Youth”. The exhibition begins on Friday October 1 and continues until Friday November 19.

The exhibit features photographs of students from the University of Kentucky (UK) in the Appalachian Career Training in Oncology (ACTION) program. The photographs document the high cancer rates in the Kentucky Appalachians, which has some of the highest cancer rates in the country. Dr Nathan Vanderford, associate professor at the UK College of Medicine and editor of “The Cancer Crisis in Appalachia: Kentucky Students Take ACTION”, wanted to present the exhibit in eastern Kentucky and Lexington. The exhibit features photographs from Rowan County students including Holly Dickens, Andrew Davison, Wyatt McCarty, and Nathan Hogg.

“We are thrilled to host this exhibit at the Kentucky Folk Art Center in Morehead as a way to shine a light on the cancer problem in Kentucky, as well as educate visitors about health care inequalities and the factors causing cancer in the area, ”said Dr. Julia Finch, interim director of the Kentucky Folk Art Center and associate professor of art history.

The Kentucky Folk Art Center is located at 102 W. First Street in Morehead. KFAC continues to follow COVID-19 guidelines and masks are required to enter.

For more information on KFAC, visit, email [email protected] or call 606-783-2204.


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