Lifting a Glass

By  |  March 7, 2016
“Echoes,” from Bourbon as it Used to be, Now Castle & Key © Sarah Hoskins 2016 “Echoes,” from Bourbon as it Used to be, Now Castle & Key © Sarah Hoskins 2016

Artist: Sarah Hoskins

Project: Bourbon as it Used to be, Now Castle & Key

Description: “The summer of 2014, my daughter and I found ourselves on McCracken Pike in Millville, Kentucky, staring up at the former Old Taylor distillery,” explains Sarah Hoskins of her project Bourbon as it Used to be, Now Castle & Key, a documentation of the ruins and rehabilitation of the site. Built in 1887, the distillery sat vacant and neglected for more than forty years before being purchased and renovated. It will reopen as Castle & Key later this year.

“Since that first visit I have had the opportunity to photograph the vestiges as well as the distillery being brought back to life,” Hoskins writes. “I’m sure the ghost of Colonel E. H. Taylor is sitting somewhere and lifting a glass to see his vision brought back from the past.”


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Sarah Hoskins photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work is in numerous permanent collections including The Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and The Smithsonian Institution. The recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, Hoskins has been profiled on NPR’s Weekend Edition and NPR's Picture Show, and she was a resident at Yaddo in 2012. In 2010, Hoskins was one of four photographers selected for the Robert C. May Photography Endowment Lecture Series at The Art Museum at The University of Kentucky. You can view more of her work on her website.

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