Arts & Culture2018-10-03T18:47:06+00:00

THE ARTS SCENE

THE ARTS SCENE

A SMALL TOWN WITH A BIG ARTS SCENE.

From national headliners at the Norton Center for the Arts to local talent at Pioneer Playhouse, from the art glass of local artist Stephen Rolfe Powell to the miniatures of the Great American Dollhouse Museum, Danville’s arts scene is vibrant and unforgettable.

Boyle County Public Library

Stephen Rolfe Powell received a bachelor’s degree from Centre College in 1974. A few years later, he returned to Danville to make his career as an internationally known and influential glass artist, teacher and lecturer. He is particularly known for creating with murrine, a type of glass made by stretching multiple colors into a long “cane” and then cross-sectioning it to reveal intricate patterns of color. The glass studio Powell started at Centre in 1985 has now become part of the college’s Jones Visual Arts Center, where students perfect and display many varieties of artworks, and his stunning, multihued pendant display anchors the atrium of the Boyle County Public Library.

307 West Broadway, Danville, KY 40422

+1 (859) 238-7323

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Centre College Art – Jones Visual Art Center

This state-of-the-art facility houses classrooms, studios and faculty offices. It also includes a slide library, the AEGON Gallery, and a hot glass studio; in fact, it serves as the primary studio for internationally known glass artist Stephen Rolfe Powell.

209 South Beatty Avenue, Danville, KY 40422

+1 (859) 238-5200

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Centre College Norton Center for the Arts

Designed by architect William Wesley Peters of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, the Norton Center’s 85,000 square feet house stunning performance and exhibition spaces as well as exceptional academic facilities for art, music and drama.

600 West Walnut Street, Danville, KY 40422

+1 (859) 236-4692

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Centre College Art – Outdoor Art

Just walking the campus of Centre College, you’ll see beauty everywhere. The Old Centre administration building, which dates from 1802 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was the inspiration for the elegant Greek Revival architectural style of other campus buildings. And Centre’s modern outdoor sculptures make a vital connection between past and present. At McDowell Park, adjacent to campus, you’ll find the beautiful Danville Labyrinth, a place of grace and meditation. Then move indoors to enjoy the college’s Jones Visual Arts Center, filled with thriving classrooms and exceptional student artwork, or visit the Norton Center for the Arts for the vibrant works in its exhibition spaces or for world-class performances by local, national and international performers and touring companies.   

600 West Walnut Street, Danville, KY 40422

1 (859) 238-5200

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Community Arts Center

The Community Arts Center refurbished Danville’s historic 1909 Federal Building to house its galleries, studios and classrooms, creating a hub for Danville’s rich and vibrant Arts District.

401 West Main Street, Danville, KY 40422

+1 (859) 236-4054

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Community Galleries and Local Art

The Community Arts Center partners with local businesses such as Plank on Main, The Hub and AMBRAbev to provide more opportunities for local artists to share their work with the community. Like what you see? The art on the walls is for sale!

401 West Main Street, Danville, KY 40422

+1 (859) 236-4054

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Great American Dollhouse Museum

Fascinating for adults and children alike, the museum contains over 200 intricate and beautifully detailed miniature buildings and scenes from throughout history and across the globe.

344 Swope Drive, Danville, KY 40422

+1 (859) 236-1883

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Lancaster Grand Theatre

This beautiful space opened its doors in 1925 and has recently been restored to its original beauty and reborn as Central Kentucky’s newest performing arts center. See everything from headliners and touring shows to school performances and community events here.

117 Lexington Street, Landcaster, KY 40444

+1 (859) 583-1716

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Perryville Jamboree

The family-friendly Perryville Jamboree is a great place for dinner and dancing to the best of classic country and rock. Or visit for its Hee Haw style comedy show! This 300-seat venue can also be rented for events.

103 S Bragg St., Perryville, KY 40468

+1 (859) 583-9780

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Pioneer Playhouse Theatre

Founded in 1950 by Col. Eben C. Henson and still operated by the Henson family today, Pioneer Playhouse is the oldest outdoor theatre in Kentucky. Come for one of Chef Tom’s famous hot dinners, see the Pioneer Village, visit the Palace of Sweets, then take in a play!

840 Standford Avenue, Danville, KY 40422

+1 (859) 236-2747

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West T. Hill

Named in honor of its founder, a former chairman of the Dramatic Arts Department at Centre College, this cozy Off Broadway theatre hosts a variety of plays and special events throughout the year.

117 Larrimore Lane, Danville, KY 40422

+1 (859) 319-0205

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The spirit of Second Street

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