Arts and Culture
HCC offers performing, literary, and visual arts experiences for everyone in our community.
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 Community Education Coordinator Lanita Wilson. Sample work may be submitted via website link, email attachment or regular mail.
Each semester HCC presents a thought-provoking program which features a series of carefully chosen films. Films begin with an informative introduction and conclude with an enlightening and educational discussion led by HCC faculty. The $2 continuing education registration fee includes the film, discussion, and popcorn. Pre-registration is NOT required; however each student will complete a short registration form at the door. All films are shown in the Auditorium Lecture Hall on the Hopkinsville campus. For more information, contact Workforce Solutions at (270) 707-3750 or stop by Auditorium Room 13.
Hoptown Reading Series
The Hoptown Reading Series brings nationally renowned authors to the campus of Hopkinsville Community College as a public community service as well as to provide enhanced opportunities for HCC creative writing and other students to have the opportunity to meet professional writing practitioners. For more information about the Hoptown Reading Series, contact Brett Ralph by email or at (270) 707-3890.
Mid-Day Music Series
The Mid-Day Music Series features artists ranging from vocal soloists to concert violinists. Concerts are free to students and the general public and usually held at 12:05 p.m. in the college's Auditorium Lecture Hall. For more information about the Mid-Day Music Series, contact Daniel M. Wilkinson by email or at (270) 707-3864.
The Round Table -- a Magazine for the Arts
The Round Table, named after Round Table Literary Park, is published annually to celebrate original works of poetry, non-fiction, fiction, and high contrast artwork. Submissions are accepted in February of each year from students, faculty, and staff at the college and from the community at-large. The founder of The Round Table Literary Magazine was Frances Thomas. The fiftieth edition of the magazine was published in 2016. For more information about The Round Table, contact Brett Ralph by email or at (270) 707-3890.
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.