"Stories Within A Story"

“Stories With In A Story,” is an exhibit that highlights the individual journeys of 12 families utilizing Baby Talk programs. Their stories are the heart of the show and tell the greater story of the depth and breadth of BT services.


Since 1986, Baby TALK’s mission has been to positively impact child development and nurture healthy parent-child relationships during the critical early years. Baby TALK’s Newborn Encounters at both local hospitals provide an opportunity to meet and offer support to every family having a newborn in Macon County. Baby TALK’s most intensive programs supported over 350 of Macon County’s most at-risk families.

Artist Statement

I selected black and white photographs as my storytelling medium to mirror the timeless, enduring and most basic human relationships between children and their caregivers. All of the subjects were shot in the same vintage loft location, highlighting their common bond of age-old love for family. Some of the photographs show space around the studio set and backdrops, reminding the viewer of the documentary nature of the exhibit. What is not seen in the photographs, but is an integral part of each story, is the compassionate and dedicated staff that executes the Baby Talk programs.


My journey has become much richer by crossing paths with these amazing families, staff and certainly BT founder, Claudia Quigg, who retired in 2016 after 30 years. I am in awe of each individual commitment and expression of care. To quote Annie Leibovitz, “A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.”


Kathy Locke

146 N. Merchant St.

Decatur, IL 62523

Tues - Fri, 10 am - 5 pm

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