Painter and Draftsman

January 6, 2020 – May 31, 2020

This exhibition celebrates thirty years of creativity from this nationally known artist, a master of landscape, still life, and portraiture. Imagination and observation are beautifully entwined in these thoughtful and deeply personal images.

Major paintings, pastels, and drawings from Tapley’s early career will be on view, as well as an exciting group of recent works. Most have never before been publicly exhibited in Kentucky.

A concurrent exhibition of the artist’s life drawings and oil studies will be on display at the Aegon Gallery in the Jones Visual Arts Center at Centre College. An illustrated catalog of the two exhibitions will be available.

Tapley is the Stodghill Professor of Art at Centre College, where he has taught since 1983.



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The Norton Center for the Arts, William Wesley Peters and Frank Lloyd Wright

September – December 2019

In celebration of Centre College’s 200th anniversary, The Wright Angle explores the Norton Center’s distinct design and its relationship to architectural pioneers Frank Lloyd Wright and William Wesley Peters. The exhibit examines how Centre College partnered with the Taliesin Foundation, one of the 20th century’s most acclaimed architectural firms, to build its world-class performing arts venue/arts and learning organization in a small Central Kentucky town. In addition, discover other local and Kentucky-based buildings influenced by architects Wright and Peters.

Uncover the truth behind the legends and lore surrounding the Norton Center through this collection of photos, essays, exploration stations, walking tours and much more.



A Place of Large Advantages

January – December 2019 

The Norton Center will celebrate Centre’s bicentennial with an exhibition of historic photographs drawn from the Centre archives. The exhibition will be on display throughout the spring and fall terms of 2019. The photographs will include scenes not only from Centre since receiving its charter from the state legislature on January 21, 1819, but also from Kentucky College for Women and the Kentucky School for the Deaf, two local institutions with close historic ties to the College. The exhibition additionally will feature some remarkable artifacts from the collection, such as architectural blueprints, 19th-century diploma seals from Centre and KCW, and student newspapers handwritten and illustrated during the Civil War.



Moving Still

August – December 2018 

“Lois Greenfield: Moving Still” is a groundbreaking show, accompanied by a published monograph, that marks a radical departure from her previous body of work, gravity-defying images of dancers in flight. In this very contemporary collection, perplexing scenarios slowly unfold, and yet the mystery intensifies with what is revealed. These images capture the grace and power with which dancers bend their body, as well as time and space, giving us a glimpse of the movement continuum apparent in dance improvisation. The laws of logic are replaced by the paradox of inversion – the moving elements solidify, and what appears immobile is in flux.

(pictured above: Sean Carmon of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, 2016)


The Aftermath Project at 10 Years

January – May 2018

“War is Only Half the Story” is the tenth-anniversary exhibition of The Aftermath Project, a non-profit, grant-making and educational organization that support photographers documenting the aftermath of conflict.  The exhibition highlights The Aftermath Project’s commitment to educating the public about the true cost of war and the real price of peace through visual storytelling.

Rohming Around

Rohming Around: Untitled Works by Robert Rohm

April – June 2017 
An exhibit composed of five totemic sculptures created by sculptor Robert Rohm. These works are meant to serve as a stand-in for the human figure. The artist viewed the figure as a container or cage that held the spirit. This exhibit was curated by Mackenzie Nichols, Centre College Art History Major,’17.

2,000 Degrees: A Fire Odyssey

2,000 Degrees: A Fire Odyssey

September – December 2017
A three-dimensional exhibition that features whimsical hand-built ceramic sculptures by Japanese artist Kensuke Yamada and exquisite glass creations by Danville native Stephen Rolfe Powell, and highlights new collaborative pieces created by the artists specifically for this show.

Seating Charts

EAT: A Literature + Photography Installation

May – December 2016 
The Norton Center sought works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction centered around the theme of “eating,” and then paired those works with a photographic interpretation by Kentucky artist Sarah Jane Sanders.

The Painting Hour

The Painting Hour

January – April 2016
“The Painting Hour” was an exhibit of works by Centre College professor Ken Keffer, painted during his travels in the Summer of 2015.  Each piece was created in just 60-90 minutes, and as a body of work encourage the viewer to consider the relationship between art and time.

Music Scenes

Music Scenes

June – December 2015 
“Music Scenes” examined the relationship between visual art and music, with selected artwork including paintings, photography, fiber art, collage, and mixed media from Kentucky artists.

Beyond the Window

Beyond the Window

February – May, 2015
Beyond the Window was an exhibition by Zeuxis artists (an association of still life painters) that explored the ways paintings use interior scenes to frame outdoor vistas.



In addition to rotating exhibits, the Norton Center’s Grand Foyer boasts an expansive display of art and sculpture year round, with works by Auguste Rodin, John Clem-Clark, Tony King, Stephen Lorber, Jon Digmann, Jean Olivia, Robert Anderson, James Del Grosso, Davis Cone, and Stephen Powell, to name a few.

Located at our entrances are two very important works of art:

Ex Astris (1978). The 14-foot, brass-plated sculpture by Louisville artist Tom Lear is located at the main entrance to the Newlin Hall foyer of the Norton Center for the Arts. Installed in 1978, the work was provided by an anonymous gift to Centre for its execution. The name means “from the stars.”

The Haven Gillespie Fountain and Plaza (1973, renovated in 1994 and 2010) was a gift made possible by Audrey R. Gillespie in memory of James Haven Gillespie 1888-1975 and his son Haven Lamont Gillespie 1910-1990.