November 18, 2019 — A public reception and Gallery Talk for the Norton Center for the Arts’s The Wright Angle exhibit is set for Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. This monumental exhibition about the building and its history is on display at Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts.

The exhibition, which closes on December 13, is one of the final events celebrating Centre College’s Bicentennial.

“The history of the Norton Center is fascinating,” said Norton Center Executive Director, Steve Hoffman.  “The building should not be in Danville, Kentucky. But it is. And because it has been operating for nearly 50 years, it has allowed Centre College and our community to welcome the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Baryshnikov, Ray Charles, Frankie Valli, ZZ Top, Alison Krauss, scores of international orchestras, operas and dance companies, and two U.S. Vice Presidential debates.”

The Gallery Talk, titled “Wes is More” will be led by Hoffman, the exhibit’s curator, and William Blair Scott, Jr., an architectural historian from Lexington and founder of the non-profit, Organic Architecture + Design, Inc.  The talk’s title references the Norton Center’s architect, William “Wes” Peters, who was Frank Lloyd Wright’s chief architect.

“The Wright Angle is an exhibit dedicated to one specific work of art: the Norton Center building,” Hoffman said. “If you’ve ever been to a performance, lecture, exhibit, or any other activity, in the building’s 48 years of existence, you have literally been inside the artwork, and this exhibit is a testament to that experience.”

Tours have been given for the past three months and will continue until mid-December, Hoffman said. On the tours, and during the upcoming Gallery Talk, building facts and anecdotes will be shared, including how the building came to be, how Frank Lloyd Wright’s and Joseph Stalin’s son-in-law was integrally connected, and how puzzles and playing games can lead to critical thinking and design.

Arranging for a group tour is free by calling the box office at 859-238-4692.  Visitors are also welcome to take a self-guided tour of the exhibit between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. during the week. Admission is free and open to the public.

The exhibition reception and Gallery Talk are also free to the public.

About the Wright Angle Exhibit

The exhibit breaks down the relationship between famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his protege, William Wesley Peters. Peters designed the Norton Center, along with other notable buildings in Kentucky and across the United States. One of the most famous museums in the country, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, was started by Wright and finished by Peters.

You can also take a look at what the building process was like for the Norton Center — historic images of the building process, the former Danville High School behind it and blueprints of the building are currently decorating the Norton Center walls.

Part of the exhibit takes a look at the “Key Players” in the facilitating of bringing such a world-renowned Performing Arts Center to central Kentucky: Chauncey Newlin, Jane Morton Norton, William T. Grant and more.

A wall of the exhibit is dedicated to describing the Norton Center as “More than a Building,” and another looks at the unique was that Frank Lloyd Wright inspired architecture across the Bluegrass.

Finally, there is a “Think Wright, Play Wright” area located in the Norton Center’s cafe that allows visitors to experience what led Wright to becoming an architect: Blocks.

“Anyone who has been to the Norton Center can tell you it’s a one-of-a-kind experience,” Hoffman said. “This exhibit is no different. This building’s success is a testament to the community, and our free tours are a way for us to share this uniqueness with our visitors.”

About the Norton Center for the Arts

The Norton Center is home to an annual performing arts season of professional touring presentations. It is also Centre College’s primary venue for music and theatrical productions, lectures, convocations, and live student entertainment. The Norton Center has two venues: the 1,470-seat Newlin Hall, known for its acoustics, and the warm and intimate 367-seat Weisiger Theatre. The Norton Center also boasts a large art collection with many of the works on display in the Grand Foyer and throughout campus.

Media contact: Jennifer Broadwater (jennifer.broadwater@centre.edu), 859-238-5421.