Art History

Everyone can enjoy looking at a painting or listening to a piece of music, but the more you know, the more your enjoyment grows!  Our Arts Appreciation classes offer you the chance to dig deeper and listen bigger.  Join us to learn more about the cultures and moments that shaped great art, the artistic techniques that move us, and the lives of the talented people who share their gifts with the world.  We often partner with our friends at Centre College for these programs and enjoy learning from their fabulous faculty! 


LWTA – Jerry Sampson
Mar 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA - Jerry Sampson

Lunch with the Arts – Jerry Sampson
Wednesday, March 21 | 12pm to 1pm
$5 at the door
Feel free to bring your lunch!

Jerry Sampson has been the owner and operator of J. Sampson Antiques, Books and Appraisals in Harrodsburg for the past 24 years. He has held the designation of Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) in the American Society of Appraisers since 2009. The focus of his Lunch with the Arts presentation is – “The Changing Antique Market: What You Can and Can’t Do About It.”

Jerry makes frequent appearances on the KET hit show, Kentucky Collectibles. His column, “Personal Effects”, is featured in several newspapers. He also hosts a radio program, “Personal Effects, The Antique Show” on WHBN AM 1420 every Saturday at 10:00 AM. He describes himself as a dedicated researcher and local historian

The Art Museum in the Modern World
Apr 11 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Art Museum in the Modern World

The Art Museum in the Modern World
Wednesdays, April 11, 18, 25
5pm to 6pm | $30
Presenter: Dr. Jay Bloom

Conceived at times as “temples of culture” dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of the visual arts, museums are in fact much more than that. They articulate political, social, and aesthetic values. They both reflect and inflect current events. And they supply a lens through which which we understand ourselves by reconstituting and representing the past. Join Dr. Jay Bloom (Associate Professor of Art History at Centre College) for a series of three lectures that will explore the sometimes surprising ways in which art museums intervene in contemporary society.
April 11 – “Picasso, Pollock, and Propaganda: The Exhibition as Political Weapon”  
April 18 – “Museums & the Geography of Art”
April 25 – “Museums & Consequences”
Register in advance for $30 or pay $13 per session at the door.
LWTA – Soreyda Begley
May 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA - Soreyda Begley

Lunch with the Arts – Soreyda Begley
Wednesday, May 16 | 12pm to 1pm
$5 at the door
Feel free to bring a lunch!

Soreyda Benedit Begley is a Lexington, Kentucky based designer and community activist. She is originally from Honduras and has lived in the United States for over 18 years. Soreyda is a public speaker and avid advocate for women’s rights, diversity and inclusion and Fair Trade. She founded the Lexington Fashion Collaborative, is active on the boards of several art and social justice organizations.

“Art, for me, represents not only a creative outlet but also a social act, an act of empowerment, for me and for others. Clothing, appearance and certainly standards of beauty and fashion are not neutral and trivial, and I design clothing as an attempt to take control of these standards. I want my clothing to serve as one more way to empower women and create agency and choice. By rejecting some ways of presenting ourselves and embracing others, I hope to create pieces that make women feel powerful, and by extension, be powerful.”