Arts Appreciation

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! 

Spring 2019 Arts Appreciation Lecture Series:

Tuesday, March 12 – “The Rise of the Gothic” -with Dr. John Kinkade”
Tuesday, March 19 – “The Western as American Myth” with Dr. Stacey Peebles
Tuesday, March 26 – Almost in the Air: Robert Johnson and the Blues” with Stanley R. Campbell
Tuesday, April 2 – “The Aesthetics of Birds” with Dr. Stephanie Fabritius

The Rise of the Gothic
Mar 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The Rise of the Gothic

The Rise of the Gothic
Tuesday, March 12
12pm to 1pm | $10 at the door (students $5)
Dr. John Kinkade

The Houses of Parliament, the novels of Charlotte Brontë, the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich, and Scooby-Doo:  all of these works of art owe something to the Gothic, a cultural movement that emerged in the mid-eighteenth century and gave the world access to new ways of thinking about the dark, the sinister, and the weird—the intersection of terror and wonder. 

John Kinkade is Charles T. Hazelrigg Associate Professor of English at Centre College.

The Western as American Myth
Mar 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The Western as American Myth

The Western as American Myth
Tuesday, March 19 | 12pm to 1pm
$10 at the door ($5 students)
Dr. Stacey Peebles

The Western is America’s defining myth, the story that we tell when we want to tell stories about ourselves. And these stories are set in a landscape that, in the words of Native American author F. Scott Momaday, has to be seen to be believed–and believed in order to be seen.  But what accounts for the enduring popularity of this genre that has persisted from 19th-century dime novels about Calamity Jane and Billy the Kid to the Coen brothers’ newest film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs?  And how has the idea of the West changed over time, and thus changed our ideas about American identity?

Dr. Stacey Peebles is associate professor of English and director of the Film Studies program at Centre College. Her research areas include the representation of war and violence, film adaptation, Westerns, and the contemporary American author Cormac McCarthy. 

Almost in the Air: Robert Johnson and the Blues
Mar 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Almost in the Air: Robert Johnson and the Blues

Almost in the Air: Robert Johnson and the Blues
Wednesday, March 12 | 12pm to 1pm
$10 at the door (students $5)
Stanley R. Campbell

Critic Luc Sante called him “America’s most redoubtable ghost.”

He was 27, an itinerant Blues musician with a taste for rambling, whisky, and the ladies, married or not. He had recorded 29 sides in sessions in San Antonio and Dallas, yielding one national hit, “Terraplane Blues.” And by August, 1938, he was dead, murdered most likely, and buried in an unmarked grave in Morgan City, Mississippi.


He had no fixed address or home. Robert Johnson was largely forgotten by the public for more than two decades until Columbia Records released King of the Delta Blues Singers by Robert Johnson. No one even knew what he looked like although two confirmed photographs of Johnson would later emerge. Two. Twenty-nine songs and two pictures are all we have of the artist who has become the single most important Blues artist in American culture. 

What we have are the myths, ridiculous and sublime, and the songs, brilliant, discordant, strange, and beautiful that changed American music. Dozens of major artists have tried their hand at interpreting the songs. Now, eight decades later, he is more myth than man. His music is “almost in the air.” It’s a mystery.

Stanley R. Campbell is the Director of Library Services at Centre College.

New York Art Trip
Aug 22 @ 9:00 am – Aug 26 @ 5:00 pm
New York Art Trip

New York Art Trip
Depart: August 22, 2019
Return: August 26, 2019
Trip Leader: Milton Reigelman, Centre College Professor Emeritus

Join the Community Arts Center for an art-lovers trip to the Big Apple. With museums, murals, and more, this 5-day/4-night adventure will give you a taste of the art and culture of New York City. 
Your registration fee includes:
  • Round trip, direct airfare from Louisville;
  • 4-night accommodation on Park Avenue;
  • 1 group dinner;
  • 1 group breakfast;
  • 7-day unlimited bus/subway pass;
  • Entry into the Guggenheim Museum;
  • Entry into the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a private “Highlights of the Met” tour;
  • Brooklyn Mural Tour;
  • Entry into the 9/11 museum, with museum tour;
  • Entry into Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
In a city with so many possibilities, you’ll want to have some time to explore on your own. As we get closer to the trip, 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. 
The per-person trip price is $1,695, assuming double hotel occupancy. Single reservations are available for $2,355. Prices assume 21-27 participants. A non-refundable $500 deposit is due at the time of registration, with the balance of the trip due by July 15th.