VISUAL ART

The Norton Center’s Grand Foyer boasts an expansive display of art and sculpture. Along with the permanent exhibit, the Norton Center often hosts traveling exhibitions, displays of Centre student art, and art related to performing arts during its regular season.

WORKS AND EXHIBITS ON DISPLAY

Sarah Jane Sanders She's Hungry For Something

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.  This exhibit is currently on display.

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Our Living Past: Photography Exhibit

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

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PERMANENT COLLECTION

Year-round, ongoing exhibit  
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”; and 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.

PAST EXHIBITS

The Painting Hour First Day In Windischgarsten

THE PAINTING HOUR

January – April 2016; This Exhibit is Now Closed
“The Painting Hour” is 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 altogether encourage the viewer to consider the relationship between art and time.

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Jones Appalatin

MUSIC SCENES

June – December 2015; This Exhibit is Now Closed 
“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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Dust

BEYOND THE WINDOW

February – May, 2015; This Exhibit is Now Closed 
Beyond the Window, is 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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