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Alumni Spotlight: Hannah Devaney’s work at BCM to be featured at Lincoln Center’s “Reflections on the Bristol Sessions”

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Hannah Devaney ’13 interned with the Birthplace of Country Music® during her senior year as a photography major at VI. That experience, as well as video editing and other digital imaging skills she mastered while obtaining her degree, led to her current position as a part-time graphic designer at BCM. Little did she know, it would also lead to some big-time projects, including a custom media exhibit she created for New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center production, “Bill Frisell: Reflections on the Bristol Sessions,”  showing Jan. 17-18, 2014.


BCM will present the custom media exhibit for the two-day event in which musicians Buddy Miller and Carrie Rodriguez will join Frisell in the Lincoln Center’s Allen Room to celebrate the 1927 Bristol Sessions.


“Our collaboration on this media exhibit with the Lincoln Center gives BCM an opportunity to share our story with a larger audience of music enthusiasts outside of our region,” said Dr. Jessica Turner, director and head curator of the museum. “It also allows us to showcase one of our region’s gems: East Tennessee State University’s Old Time Pride Band. The band members are skilled performers of old-time string music and perform many of the songs recorded in the historic Bristol Sessions.”


Turner, who also teaches classes in Cultural Heritage Studies and Public Arts at VI, expressed her appreciation of Devaney’s work on the project: “Due in large part to the training she received at VI, Hannah was able to create this media exhibit under time constraints. VI also gave her the skills necessary to master other programs and software quickly for use in the project.


“This is really exciting for us to share our heritage on the New York stage, and while Bristol continues to make its mark on music, VI continues to turn out talent in the arts.”



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