The Community Arts Center is pleased to showcase the work of local, regional, national, and international artists through our rotating exhibits. We have two exhibit galleries whose featured artwork changes every few months throughout the year.

Currently On Exhibit

“Growing Perspective”
An exhibition by Matthew Klooster

Matthew Klooster is assistant professor of biology at Centre College. His paintings reflect an intentional effort to interweave his agricultural roots with an attentiveness to the natural world and an unconditional love for nurturing his children.

Klooster sees an intimate connection between science and artistic expression. “By intently studying a subject as a researcher, one comes to intimately know the finest details and intricacies. This insight makes it easier to see flaws and inaccuracies in painting because one understands the structure and form of the thing they are trying to recreate. It quickly bothers the eye when the true essence of a subject is misrepresented and understanding helps to right those wrongs.”

“Visual Puns”
Photographs by Milton Scarborough

Milton Scarborough is professor emeritus of philosophy and religion at Centre College. In this imaginative series of photographs, Scarborough creates visual puns that will amuse and delight viewers. 

A verbal pun, we say, is a “play on words.” It takes advantage of the fact that words that sound alike (when
spoken) or look alike (when written), nevertheless, have multiple meanings. When one meaning of a word is used
in a context (sentence) normally reserved for its other meaning, the results are surprising and often also humorous.

A visual pun, one might say, is the interplay between a word or phrase, on the one hand, and a visual image (in
this case a photograph), on the other. Sometimes, the word or phrase is slightly modified, but its more familiar form is still recognizable. In the visual puns on display here the photos call to mind a word or phrase but illustrate an alternative meaning of that word or phrase, one that is novel and sometimes funny. 

Resources for Artists

Interested in exhibiting at the Community Arts Center? Check out our Call to Artists for upcoming opportunities!

Program Director Brandon Long publishes a monthly e-newsletter exclusively for practicing artists. Each newsletter includes a thought-provoking article as well as information about current and upcoming regional exhibits and calls to artists. You can read past articles here!