VISUAL ART

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CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

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2,000 DEGREES: A FIRE ODYSSEY

featuring Kensuke Yamada and Stephen Rolfe Powell

September – December 2017

2,000 Degrees: A Fire Odyssey is 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.

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WAR IS ONLY HALF THE STORY

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.

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PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS

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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.

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Our Living Past: Photography Exhibit

January – April 2017 
An exhibit of photographs from Tim Duffy, founder of the Music Maker Relief Foundation. This exhibit highlighted the question of how poverty, geography, and age limited the exposure of blues artists in the American south, encouraging the widespread idea that the musical traditions they perform had “died out.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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PERMANENT COLLECTION

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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.