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ArtBreak 2022-2023: Lunch & Lecture Program


ArtBreak: Art Through the Ages

For far more than art appreciation, come deepen your existing knowledge of history and discover the inextricable link between art and message—a reflection of and influence on their times and our own. Referencing works around the world and in our own Collection, M&G’s Director of Education, Donnalynn Hess and Executive Director, Erin Jones offer a memorable and engaging journey of art through the ages.

Dates: 1st Thursdays at Noon, during academic year

Location: The Davis Room, Dixon-McKenzie Dining Common on the campus of Bob Jones University

Parking: reserved spaces will be available in M&G’s parking lot.

Register: Click on the dates below to register.

Note: Lunch orders must be complete by Noon on the Thursday, a week prior to each scheduled ArtBreak. Rather than box lunches, Aramark Catering will provide a Deli Bar with the following spread: sliced oven-roasted turkey, roasted beef, and ham, and tuna; a cheese and relish tray; a variety of baked breads and rolls, two green salads, chips, assorted cookies, and beverages.


  • Member without lunch: FREE
  • Member with lunch: $15.00
  • Non-member without lunch:  $6.00
  • Non-member with lunch:  $17.00

Fall Topics

October 6: The Beauty of the “Dark Ages”: The Romanesque Period

Ranging from the 10th-12th centuries, the period boasts a strong economy with massive stone building projects, primarily large churches. Plus, artisans created beautifying elements for churches and the wealthy including frescoes, tapestries, richly decorated books, carved ivory, enamels, and elegant columns and arches. Key personalities of the era include William the Conqueror, Peter Abelard, and Bernard of Clairvaux.

For lunch: register by Noon on Thursday, September 29.


November 3: From Darkness to Light: The Gothic Period

Roughly between the 12th-15th centuries, artists built on the artistic ideas of the previous centuries and began to innovate in various media. However, with the development of the flying buttress, buildings could be taller and able to support larger stained glass windows. Key personalities include Abbe Suger, Thomas Aquinas, Marco Polo, Dante Alighieri, Geoffrey Chaucer, Jan Hus, and Joan of Arc.

For lunch: register by Noon on Thursday, October 27.


December 1: Beauty’s “Rebirth”: The Renaissance

During the late 15th-early 16th centuries, old traditions were replaced with new thinking as thought leaders and artists were influenced by the minds and creativity of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Culture shifted from a focus on the church to an interest in man’s abilities. Key personalities range from the Medici banking clan to engineer-artist Leonardo da Vinci to reformer Martin Luther and playwright William Shakespeare.

For lunch: register by Noon on Wednesday, November 23.


Spring Topics

February 2: Dramatic Realism: The Baroque Period (c. mid-late 16th– 17th century)

  • Box lunches served with a tour of M&G’s Baroque exhibition at the Lenz Gallery at First Presbyterian, downtown Greenville

March 2: The Restrained and Exuberant: Neo-Classical and Rococo Movements (18th century)

April 6: Art as “Idea”:  The Romantic, Pre-Raphaelite, and Realist Painters (18th-19th century)