HUB exhibit looks at Mattea's work, Pa. coal history

October 02, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A new exhibit will offer a look at singer Kathy Mattea’s upcoming celebration of Appalachian folk music and culture as well as Pennsylvania’s coal history through December at the HUB-Robeson Galleries on Penn State's University Park campus.

The exhibition, located in the display case on the first floor next to Heritage Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center, previews a performance and residency with two-time Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year Kathy Mattea as she makes her Center for the Performing Arts debut in a concert focused on music from her September album, "Calling Me Home." The West Virginia native’s newest project delves into the folk music and the culture of Appalachia. Mattea, whose alto vocals helped her collect 15 consecutive Top 10 hits and four No. 1 singles on the country charts from 1986 to 1991, has gathered songs of bravery, pride and grief that speak of life in the world’s oldest mountains. Her Grammy-nominated 2008 release, "Coal," was her first step toward discovering the vast trove of Appalachian music, much of it influenced by Celtic and English traditions.

The center is collaborating with the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery, and the Eberly Family Special Collections Library to generate a fuller picture of the culture and history behind Mattea’s ancestral music. The exhibit includes coal-mining artifacts from the first half of the 20th century, official documentation typical in the coal industry, photographs from the era and samples of coal mined in Pennsylvania. The culture and history that created and surrounded these artifacts were the inspiration for contemporary industrial art, several examples of which are also on display.

Mattea will perform "Calling Me Home" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 in Eisenhower Auditorium. Tickets are available by phone at 814-863-0255 or at Mattea also is scheduled to speak at the Penn State Forum at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 31 in President’s Hall at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. Tickets are required. For more information, go to

For more information about this and other exhibits, visit the HUB-Robeson Galleries website at


(Media Contacts)

Last Updated June 02, 2021