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 – Robert Schalkoff
Aug 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA - Robert Schalkoff

Lunch with the Arts: Robert Schalkoff
Japanese Pottery and Glassware
Wednesday, August 15 | 12pm to 1pm
$5 at the door ($3 for students)

Using photographs and pieces from his own collection, the speaker will present a brief history of porcelain and glass production in Japan followed by an introduction to the Japanese aesthetic as it relates to both arts. He will give tips and pointers for those interested in collecting Japanese art or traditional arts and crafts as well provide some instruction on how to appreciate the Japanese aesthetic sense in general. Concepts like iki or Japanese chic, wabi sabi or the appreciation of imperfection or impermanence, and ma or the sense of space will be addressed.

Robert Schalkoff is currently the Director of the Lincoln Scholars Program at Centre College. Previously, he was a faculty member at Yamaguchi Prefectural University in Yamaguchi, Japan, where he lived for over 25 years. Robert is fluent in Japanese and has worked as a commentator and translator/interpreter of Japanese culture, literature and traditional Japanese arts and crafts for museums, educational institutions and public television in Japan.

Art Trip to Chicago
Sep 5 @ 9:00 am – Sep 8 @ 7:00 pm
Art Trip to Chicago

Art Trip to Chicago
Depart: Wednesday, September 5 at 9am
Return: Saturday, September 8 at 7pm
$780 per person (double occupancy)

This trip is sold out! If you would like to put your name on the waiting list, please contact Niki Kinkade at

Click here to pay the balance ($480) for a double reservation.

Click here to pay the balance ($685) for a single reservation.

Join the Community Arts Center for an art-lovers trip to Windy City. From architecture to impressionist painting to shopping on the Magnificent Mile, this 4-day/3-night adventure will introduce you to the art, culture, and charm of Chicago. Travel in comfort and stay at one of Chicago’s most famous hotels. Explore the best collection of impressionist paintings outside of France. Experience the beauty of Chicago’s architecture as seen from the Chicago River. And that’s just the beginning! 

Your registration fee includes:
  • Transportation via private bus from Danville to Chicago and back;
  • Dinner upon arrival in Chicago on 9/5;
  • 3 night accommodation at the historic Palmer House hotel;
  • Bus tour of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the suburb of Oak Park;
  • Admission and guided tour of the Art Institute of Chicago – including lunch in the museum cafe;
  • Admission and guided tour of the Museum of Contemporary Art;
  • Chicago Architecture River Cruise along the Chicago River.
In a city with so many possibilities, you’ll want to have some time to explore on your own. Once all the September listings are complete, probably by early June, we’ll provide you specific details about other activities you might be interested in doing on your own or in small groups in the evening. 
We are also looking into the possibility of purchasing tickets to see Hamilton on Thursday or Friday evening. These tickets would be at an additional cost, pending availability. We hope to know more soon!
This trip is being facilitated by Dr. Milton Reigelman, Centre College Professor Emeritus. The per-person trip price is $780, assuming double hotel occupancy. Single reservations are available for $985. Registration deadline is July 6th. Registration is limited to 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis. A $300 deposit is due at the time of registration, with the balance of the trip due by August 15th.
Ugandan Kids Choir Performance
Sep 14 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Ugandan Kids Choir Performance

Ugandan Kids Choir Concert
Friday, September 14 
10:30am to 11:00am
$5 per adult/$2 per student, at the door

The children in the Ugandan Kids Choir are known for their musical talents and their joyful performances. They sing traditional African songs, play authentic African instruments, and dance in their colorful African attire. 

The Choir is a ministry of Childcare Worldwide, which has been devoted to empowering children in the developing world since 1981. Childcare Worldwide serves children in nine developing countries by taking care of their physical, spiritual, and educational needs.

LWTA – Johann Van Niekerk
Sep 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA - Johann Van Niekerk

Lunch with the Arts: Johann Van Niekerk
Music of South Africa
Wednesday, September 19 | 12pm to 1pm
$5 at the door ($3 students)

Johann Van Niekerk joined Centre’s faculty in 2015 as assistant professor of music. He is an active conductor, pianist, educator, writer and collaborative artist, originally from South Africa.

He earned his DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington, his M.M. from Temple University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He hails originally from the Republic of South Africa and has lived in the United States since 2009.

LWTA – Lee Patrick and Loren Tice
Oct 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA - Lee Patrick and Loren Tice

Lunch with the Arts: Lee Patrick and Loren Tice
Wednesday, October 17 | 12pm
$5 at the door

Patrick and Tice have been performing together for more than thirty years, with Patrick on the alto saxophone and Tice on the piano. In 2009, they began playing for senior and church groups in Central Kentucky. For these performances, they develop a theme and prepare an hour-long musical program related to this theme. Recent themes have included From Russia with Love, Legends in Music, Italian Splendor, and This Good Earth.

Lee Patrick began playing the saxophone in the 10th grade and has been trying to get better ever since. Through the years, he has encouraged countless others to do likewise. There is a rumor that he has adapted more music for the saxophone than anyone else in history. A vast catalog of publications supports this rumor.

Loren Tice started as pianist, then added organ. He has conducted numerous community choral groups and wrote music criticism for the Herald-Leader. Because of Patrick and Tice’s many years as colleagues at Transylvania University, saxophonists have claimed the lion’s share of his enjoyment. Added to this enjoyment is a long association with the summer Saxophone Institute, founded and directed by Dr. Patrick. Professor Tice helps lead the distinguished early-music vocal ensemble Musick’s Company

Songwriters in the Round
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Songwriters in the Round
Songwriters in the Round
Saturday, October 27
7pm @ the Arts Center
$5 cover at the door
Songwriters will take turns performing their original work, accompanied by stories behind their music. Artists include, Kern, Mark Lucas and many other talented regional songwriters. $5 cover. Drinks for sale by the glass.  
LWTA – Maurice Manning
Feb 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA - Maurice Manning

Lunch with the Arts – Maurice Manning, Poet
Wednesday, February 20
12pm to 1pm | $5 at the door ($3 students)

Maurice Manning is a Danville native and a nationally-recognized poet. His first collection of poems, Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions, was awarded the Yale Younger Poets Award, chosen by W.S. Merwin. Since then he has published four collections of poetry. Manning’s book, The Common Man, was a finalist for the Pulitzer prize. His next book, Railsplitter, will be published in the fall. Manning teaches at Transylvania University and lives with his family in Washington County.