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! 

Save the Date for our fall Arts Appreciation Series! The cost is $40 for the four-week series or $13 for each session, at the door. Click here to register for the series. 

October 23 – Dr. Matthew Klooster – The Nature-Inspired Tribal Art of Borneo
October 30 – Dr. Jeff Fieberg – Art Restoration
November 6 – Dr. Milton Reigelman – The Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks: Connections Between Art and Literature 
November 13 – Dr. Danielle La Londe – The Art and Architecture of Angkor Wat

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

Thanks to our event sponsors, Stuart Powell Ford Lincoln Mazda and D.E.A.L., Inc.

The Nature-Inspired Tribal Art of Borneo
Oct 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The Nature-Inspired Tribal Art of Borneo

The Nature-Inspired Tribal Art of Borneo
Tuesday, October 23 | 12pm to 1pm
Dr. Matthew Klooster
$13 at the door or $40 in advance for the four-lecture series

The island of Borneo in Southeast Asia is home to the oldest rainforest on Earth and is blanketed by one of the most biodiverse landscapes.  Included in this tremendous natural diversity are the nearly 200 ethnic subgroups that make up the Dayak people, which all possess a deep physical and spiritual connection to their tropical environment. This interactive presentation will focus on the seven main ethnic groups of the Dayak and the imagery typically utilized in each culture’s artistic expression. We will then attempt to draw connections to the native rainforest wildlife that inspires this creative work, discussing why these organisms are so important to the native people.   

Dr. Matthew Klooster is Assistant Professor of Biology at Centre College. His research interests are plant population and community ecology, evolutionary-ecology, symbioses, phylogeography, population genetics, genomics, and conservation of rare and endangered species. 

Register in advance for all four of our fall arts appreciation lectures!

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 Lee Kern, Mark Lucas and many other talented regional songwriters. $5 cover. Drinks for sale by the glass.  
The Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks: Connections Between Art and Literature
Nov 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks: Connections Between Art and Literature

The Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks: Connections Between Art and Literature 
Tuesday, November 6 | 12pm to 1pm
Dr. Milton Reigelman
$13 at the door

The Quaker minister and painter Edward Hicks is best known for his Peaceable Kingdom pictures, of which sixty-two exist. The paintings represent a messianic prophecy in the book of Isaiah (11:6): “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.” In his talk, Milton will focus on the 1826 version of the motif and its connection to American literature up to that point.

Milton Reigelman retired in 2017 after serving many roles at Centre. For more than thirty-five years, he has primarily been known as a professor of American literature and humanities at the College. At different times he has also overseen admissions and financial aid, student life, development, planning, alumni affairs, the Norton Center for the Arts, and communications.

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.

Thanks to our event sponsors, Stuart Powell Ford Lincoln Mazda and D.E.A.L., Inc.