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May 4, 2012

KFAC assembling exhibition of works by Chester Cornett

May 4, 2012 — Morehead State University’s Kentucky Folk Art Center is assembling an exhibition of works by famed chair maker Chester Cornett, and the museum is seeking chairs, tables, sculptures and other works made by the artist.

If you own a chair or other work that you believe was made by Cornett, contact Adrian Swain, KFAC’s artistic director, at 783-2206 or email him at

Cornett was born in Letcher County and spent much of his younger years around Pine Mountain in Letcher and Harlan counties. After serving in World War II, he returned to the area and lived at various locations with his longest stay being in Dwarf. In his later years, he moved to Cincinnati.

Cornett is recognized as one of 20th century America’s finest craftsmen and folk artists. He made hundreds of chairs that were sold in the region.

Kentucky Folk Art Center is a cultural, educational and economic development service of MSU. The Center is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call 783-2204 or visit

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