Arts Appreciation

Lunch with the Arts

The Art Center is pleased to host regular arts appreciation lectures during which artists in a wide variety of creative genres are invited to share their passion and craft. Past presenters have included painters, potters, singers, dancers, writers, poets, landscape architects, archaeologists, musicians, historians – and more!

Our Winter 2023 “Power and Possibility” series explored the intersection of art and power, examining how humans use stories, music, and art to interpret our histories, our communities, and ourselves. Please check back here for updates about the upcoming fall Lunch with the Arts series.


Evening with the Arts

Introducing Evening with Arts! Join us on Thursdays from 6pm-7pm. Evening with the Arts will feature a variety of artist talks with wine, beer, and cocktails for sale by the glass during this event. The Art Center bar will open at 5:30 pm, prior to the event.  

Art Lecture Series Featuring Professor Peter Haffner  | April 13 | 6 to 7 pm | $5

Our lecture series begins with Dr. Peter Haffner, an Assistant Professor of Art History at Centre College. His lecture will be about Myrlande Constant, a Haitian artist who works in the medium of drapo, intricately beaded and sequined banners that innovate upon a tradition of flag-making with roots in Haitian Vodou ceremonies. Her work is the subject of an upcoming major museum exhibition at the Fowler Museum at UCLA, which will be the first solo museum show in the United States for a Haitian woman artist. Haffner will discuss the resplendence and cultural significance of Constant’s work and highlight how this fascinating medium has transitioned from ceremonial religious practices in Haiti to fine art museums in the US and abroad.

To register, click here.  


Art Lecture Series Featuring Artist & Author Kirk Hoefling  | April 20 | 6 to 7 pm | $5

In our second lecture event, Sculptor and designer Kirk Hoefling from Versailles, Kentucky, will be discussing his forthcoming book, “Pur Sang:  The Quest for an Ideal Thoroughbred,” the subject of which is the early 20th Century animal sculptor Herbert Haseltine’s career long obsession in creating an “ideal thoroughbred horse”. 

To register, click here.


Art Lecture Series Featuring Professor Amy Frederick | April 27 | 6 to 7 pm | $5

Our lecture series ends with Dr. Amy Frederick. Frederick is an Associate Professor of Art History at Centre College and director of the AEGON Gallery at Centre College she teaches a wide range of topics, from museum studies to the intersections of art and social justice. Join Frederick as she dives into a conversation about monuments: the meaning behind them, keeping them up vs. taking them down.

To register, click here.

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The Art Center of the Bluegrass appreciates the continuing situation with the COVID-19 virus. In response to this and other life situations, the Art Center continues to offer low cost classes with high quality instructors. For all programming, our new policy in regards to refunds is the following: With a doctor’s note, we will provide a full credit for classes that are missed.  If you miss one class in a multi-week class, we are unable to provide a credit for that class.  Another option for you is to donate your class credit to our scholarship fund for children’s programming.  We are unable to provide cash or credit card refunds.  Thank you for understanding.