WRD Writing Gallery

The Spring WRD Writing Gallery is a showcase of student writing at the University of Kentucky. This installation features texts created in Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies (WRD) courses during the past year. These texts include multimedia documentaries, photoessays, podcasts, websites, and other types of writing that students often create in their WRD classes. 

>>Watch a highlight video on 2013 gallery.

By sharing student work in public, we are not simply “showing off” our students (though we like doing that), but we’re also fulfilling the University of Kentucky’s land grant mission as a public institution. We’re confident that students will leave UK with a better set of writing skills that will earn them good salaries. But, perhaps more importantly, they will also leave with an understanding that writing is always a public and a communal act.

We are celebrating the ways that students are engaging with the written word--and the written world--here at UK. For a full list of all WRD students whose work is showcased in the 2015 Writing Gallery, please see our author page


This year, many WRD students created multi-media documentaries as part of their work in WRD 110, 111, and 112. The following is a selection of our teacher-nominated work from 2015 courses. 

“Administration Building” Nitalia Harris, Anjana Mandal, Ben Wood, and Mitch Jaben


“Feminism at UK”  Madeline Hill

“Prison's Purpose”  Elizabeth Dade, Emily Holland, Nathan Sheehan, John Tompkins, Andrew Wylie

“The Road to Religious Acceptance” Anny Woosley

“Big Blue Madness” Emily Walker, Abbie Wootton, James Wilferth, Caitlin Hanrahan

“Campus Safety at the University of Kentucky” Austin Taylor, Kristine Shady, Amanda Edelen , Claire Mackey

“Keeneland: Capturing the Commonwealth” Jimmy Le, Noah Gawthorpe, Megan Quillen, Daniel Terman, Daniel Oakley


“Genshi Bakudun”  Zachary Smith

"The Body Image Project" Megan Foltz, Casey Nalley, Ellie Day, Andrew Williams

The Body Image Project from Casey N on Vimeo.



“Aiden's Arm” John Lowe



Many WRD students have also created websites as part of their research in WRD courses. The websites below are a small sample of the many compelling sites students created during 2015. 

 "The Second Coming" by Natalie Watkins


 "Unity Beyond the Colored Lines: Race Relations and Parallelism in America" by Darianne Young

  The "Fight for $15" Escalates by Connor Robbs

 "My Musical Story" by Jillian Marks


  WRD students are also enouraged to create podcasts or audio only files as part of their work. Hear Jacob Bargo's, "A Walk through the Arboretum" 

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