Press Release: Community Arts Center Exhibit “New Year New Art” Now Open


Chelsea Compton

Community Arts Center Exhibit “New Year New Art” Now Open
Dr. Michael Karpf of UK HealthCare to speak at Jan. 9 exhibit reception

DANVILLE, Ky. (Monday, Jan. 6, 2014) – The Community Arts Center hosts its second annual “New Year New Art” exhibit this month, featuring works less than four months old by more than 20 Kentucky artists. The limited engagement exhibit is open now through Saturday, Jan. 25. The exhibit reception Thursday, Jan. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m., features guest speaker Dr. Michael Karpf, University of Kentucky Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, presenting “The Ripple Effect: How the Arts Drive Economic Development.”

Dr. Karpf is a champion of the UK Arts in HealthCare Program, which providesopportunities throughout the Albert B. Chandler Hospital for the public to see art, listen to music and enjoy the cultural landscape when they are healthy, so that when needed, the facility will be more familiar and comfortable. The program features exhibits and performances by local, national and international artists as well as a therapeutic arts component, which utilizes art in the clinical setting to contribute to healing.

The “New Year New Art” exhibit began last year as a way to encourage Kentucky artists to create new works with the goal of exhibiting it at the very beginning of the following year.

“It all comes down to New Year’s resolutions,” says Brandon Long, programming director at the Arts Center. “A lot of artists are looking for exhibiting opportunities, and you always want to be in more shows this year than you were in the last. It gives artists a strong start to the new year with one show under their belt.”

New Year New Art 2014The reception begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 and also features music performed by pianist Larry Bitensky, an associate professor of music at Centre College. Dr. Karpf will speak at 6:30 p.m.

Visual artists exhibiting in “New Year New Art” include Connie Estes Beale, Emily Clark, Jack Cochran, Allan Crain, John Dixon, David Farmer, Donna Forgacs, Amanda Hendershot, Judith Jia, Eric Johnson, Robert Lackney, Barbara Lockhart, Brandon Long, Nancy Martindale, Marianna McDonald, Gay McGuire, Paul Muth, Kathleen O’Brien, John Robinson, Paul Sirimongkhon, Sheldon Tapley, Paula Whitaker, Mark Wilhelm and Bernice Wood.

The exhibit is open free to the public Wednesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about this exhibit and upcoming exhibits at the Arts Center, visit or call 859-236-4054.

“New Year New Art”
On exhibit now through Saturday, Jan. 25
Free and open to the public Wednesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“New Year New Art” Exhibit Reception
With guest speaker Dr. Michael Karpf and guest pianist Larry Bitensky
The Ripple Effect: How the Arts Drive Economic Development
Thursday, Jan. 9, 6 to 8 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Ballroom Soiree
Friday, Jan. 10, 8 to 10 p.m.
Free to try for the first time, otherwise $5 per person. Includes a Cha Cha lesson! 

Starter Steps Cha Cha Thursdays, Jan. 16 – Feb. 6, 6 p.m.
Combinations Class Tango – Thursdays, Jan. 16 – Feb. 6, 7 p.m.
$35 each or $65 together. Register now.

Shakespeare Acting Workshop
Wednesdays, Jan. 15 – Feb. 19, 7 – 9 p.m. $45
Learn the tools of analyzing, working with verse, building characters, building scenes and delivering a convincing, compelling performance. No previous acting experience necessary. Ages 16+. Register now.


The mission of the Community Arts Center is to enrich our community by nurturing the arts, fostering creativity, and promoting education.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, supports the Community Arts Center with state tax dollars and federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.