Welcome to the Woodrow W. McGlothlin Center for the Arts

From the McGlothlin Center Director

Engaging in the Possibilities

The 2022-23 season continues a tradition at the McGlothlin Center for the Arts of bringing to the public high quality exhibitions and performances that stir both the intellect and the imagination through a sense of awe and wonder. And this year, much of this work will be presented with an eye toward the region in which we are.

Events this season include The Thril with Allison de Groot and Nic Gareiss, two of the finest contemporary expondents of banjo and percussive dance that draw upon tunes and gestures from Appalachia, Ireland and beyond. The performance will be held Jan. 26 in the Kennedy-Reedy Theatre.

On Feb. 9, the McGlothlin Center also hosts a chamber recital featuring two top regional talents, pianist Lisa Withers and soprano Jessica Spafford, two members of the E&H music faculty. They will collaborate with various regional instrumentalists to incorporate different sounds and textures to bring the music to life.

This event will be followed on April 20 with a performance by the Emory & Henry College Faculty Brass Ensemble. Various members of the group will be highlighted as soloists, entertaining while expanding an appreciation for brass chamber music.

The McGlothlin Center continues a focus on Christmas programming with a regional flare, bringing to the stage the comic opera, Hansel and Gretel, on Dec. 2; The Symphony of the Mountains presentation of  a concert, “By the Fireside,” on Dec. 4; and a Christmas at Emory concert performed by the E&H Faculty Brass Ensemble on Dec. 15.

The McGlothlin Center Gallery will present a series of celebrated visual artists  throughout the year. Among the artists are James Cullinan, who presents an exhibition entitled “American Pie/Lie” from Aug. 15 to Sept. 10; Susan Fecho, whose mixed media exhibition runs from Oct. 24 to Nov. 18; Steven Benson, a Florida-based photographer who explores transformation through works that will be featured from Jan. 11 to Feb. 4; and Michael Ehlbeck, who documents life through land- and cityscapes and who whose work will be exhibited from Feb. 13 to March 11.

Threading these events and exhibitions together is a sense of wonderment that expresses both the beauty of the world and the immense possibilities in the ongoing struggle to maintain that beauty. Through awe and wonder, the McGlothlin Center seeks to demonstrate the profound influence of art in making the world better through the inspiration of its people.

Join us in this magical, inspirational journey.

Dirk Moore,
Executive Director