Conversations & Coffee

Now in our 36th Year!

Casual Talks on Engaging Topics

The Cultural Arts Center is proud to host the city’s longest-running series of artist talks – Conversations & Coffee.

Attendees have the chance to gain key insight on art from a variety of people from different corners of the art world. Take a look at our upcoming weekly lunchtime art talks below, or feel free to check out our calendar to see everything we have coming up on the schedule!

Our free bi-weekly program, which we have presented for more than 35 years, brings together people who create art and people who appreciate art to discuss it in a relaxed, casual setting. You bring a sack lunch, we’ll provide the coffee and the expertise.

Conversations and Coffee on Youtube

Check out some of our “Conversations and Coffee” on CTV YouTube page

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Program Format

Our Conversations & Coffee discussions take place on Thursdays from 12PM – 1PM in the Main Gallery space or our 3rd Floor Multipurpose Room . Individuals interested in presenting as part of Conversations & Coffee should contact Ellen O’Shaughnessy at

Please note that our current Conversations and Coffee programming takes place every other Thursday unless otherwise listed on the schedule. Check our calendar for specific dates.

2024 Dates

June 13 @ 12 PM

Update:  Paul A. Weiss, Popular and Classical Song and Piano Performer

June 20 @ 12 PM

Nanette Hodge, Author and playwright.

July 25 @ 12 PM

Christine DePiro Abbott with students from Loft gallery Printmaking Students Exhibit.

August 1 @ 12 PM

Inga Smith Photographer and Kathy Grannan Fiber, Painting and Printmaking Artist, Clintonville Arts Guild

August 8 @ 12 PM

Main Gallery Artist: Paul Rienzo  Untold Myths: Primitive Paintings and Sculpture

August 22@ 12 PM

Loft Gallery Artist: Weiting Wei  Armor

August 29@ 12 PM

Photographer Dr. Frederick Ripley A Look at Railroad Photography


View Our Calendar


Interested in learning more about Conversation & Coffee, or inquiring about speaking? Contact the Cultural Arts Center today!

Conversations and Coffee Archives

View our previous virtual Conversations and Coffee discussions below!

Lee Ann Lander
December 16th, 2021

Steven Riggs
December 2nd, 2021

Brian Riegel
November 18th, 2021

Barbara Vogel and Marge Bender
November 11th, 2021

Eric S. Murphy
October 28th, 2021

Karin Dahl
October 14th, 2021

Sharone Putter
September 23rd, 2021

Elaine Fleck
September 16th, 2021

Tiffany Lawson, CAC Spring/Summer Artist in Residence

September 9th, 2021

Father John Predmore, S.J.

August 26th, 2021

Philip C. Sorensen
August 12th, 2021

Joseph Buehrer

August 5th, 2021

Katrinka Hagovsky and Linda Coe

July 22nd, 2021

Leticia Vázquez-Smith and Jamie Ceasar 

July 8th, 2021

Karen Torvik and Patti Sandilands

June 17th, 2021

Kari Djuve and Dana Grubbe

June 10th, 2021

Bryan Fumo

May 27th, 2021

Jennifer McCracken

May 13th, 2021

Marvin Daniels

April 29th, 2021

Ashley D. Pierce

April 15th, 2021

Maureen E. Clark

April 1st, 2021

Deb Baillieul

March 18th, 2021

Barb Chuko

March 4th, 2021

Inga Smith

February 18th, 2021

Jeff Stahler

February 4th, 2021

¡Katie B Funk!

January 21st, 2021

Steve Jebbett

January 7th, 2021

Philip S. Renaud and Cindy Antrican

December 17th, 2020

Kristin Morris

December 3rd, 2020

Cole Garlando
November 19th, 2020

Steven Elbert
November 5th, 2020

Bucky Cutright
October 22nd, 2020

Sue King
October 8th, 2020