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Arts and Culture

HCC offers performing, literary, and visual arts experiences for everyone in our community.

Art Gallery

HCC's spacious art gallery is conveniently located in the heart of the Auditorium Building where it is enjoyed by students, faculty, staff, and community members on a daily basis. The gallery features the work of a different artist or group of artists each month and is open to the public during the college's normal operating hours, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and some Saturday mornings until 12 p.m. The space utilizes a professional rail hanging system and gallery lighting which highlights the art properly. Artists who are interested in exhibiting their two-dimensional work in the gallery are encouraged to send an inquiry to Lanita Wilson. Sample work may be submitted via website link, email attachment or regular mail.

The Round Table Reading Series

The Round Table Reading Series brings nationally renowned authors to the campus of Hopkinsville Community College as a service to the community as well as to provide enhanced opportunities for HCC writing and other students to have the opportunity to meet professional writers. For more information about the Round Table Reading Series, contact Elizabeth Burton at (270) 707-3887.

The Round Table Literary Journal

The Round Table Literary Journal is the historic print literary journal of Hopkinsville Community College. Established by former HCC English professor, Frances Thomas, the journal has been published annually since 1956, showcasing the best literary fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and high-contrast artwork from the local area and beyond. For information on our submission guidelines, please click here or contact the Editors: Elizabeth Burton at (270) 707-3887 or Caitlin Chester at (270) 707-3965.

The Round Table Literary Park

Round Table Literary Park was established by Professor Frances G. Thomas. Professor Thomas taught English and creative writing from the college's inaugural year in 1965 until her retirement in 1996. Professor Thomas and a small group of honor students in her creative writing class establish The Round Table literary magazine in 1965, and the first issue was published in 1967.

Round Table Literary Park was established by Professor Thomas in 1974 in a grove of trees on the northeast corner of campus with the completion of a replica of King Arthur's Sword in the Stone. A replica of King Arthur's Round Table was added in 1975; a Greco-Roman amphitheatre and sculpture of Melpomene, the Muse of Tragedy in 1989; a Medieval Wall in 1992; and the Delphian Tholos in 1995. The John T. Robertson Pool and a sidewalk were added with private funds in 1998. Also of historic interest to the community are stones/artifacts from Bethel College, "Circus in the Attic" House, First Baptist Church, Hopkinsville High School, Virginia Street School, and West Side School which were used for the construction of the amphitheatre.

Round Table Literary Park annually serves as the venue for The Round Table Literary Awards and the unveiling of The Round Table Literary Magazine. The magazine and literary park have received national and area recognition.