Westport Arts Center recently announced the lineup of events for its 2011-12 season, which starts next month and runs through June.

The schedule will include contemporary art exhibitions, jazz and chamber music concerts, film screenings, literary programs and arts education.

"Love: In the Eye of the Beholder," the first of four eight-week-long exhibits, will open Sept. 16 with a reception 8 p.m. at the center, 51 Riverside Ave. It will feature work by almost 100 member artists and is intended to complement the themes in Westport Country Playhouse's fall production of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night, or What You Will." The exhibit will be juried by Whitney Museum curator David Kiehl and run through Nov. 6.

"Malawi With Love," an exhibit by Save the Children, will run concurrently with "Love: In the Eye of the Beholder" in the center's Studio Gallery and art studio.

The show will feature artwork by 11- to 14-year-olds in Save the Children's Healing and Education Through the Arts program in Malawi, Africa, who were asked "What makes you feel loved?" A public lecture by Carolyn Miles, Save the Children's chief executive officer, is scheduled for Nov. 4 at the center.

The center and the playhouse will play host to a "Love Night" Oct. 6 in the center's gallery. The program will have actors reading scenes from "Twelfth Night" to make connections between Shakespeare's words and the artwork in the "Love" exhibit.

The center's 2011-12 Chamber Music Series, led by Russell Platt, a composer and senior editor for classical music at The New Yorker, will begin Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. with a performance by The Knights, a New York-based chamber orchestra.

Nine members of the group will play music by Ginastera and Schubert and a new composition by Platt at Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East.

The center's jazz season will kick off with a piano concert with Christian Sands, who will perform a tribute to jazz pianist and composer Billy Taylor on Oct. 2 at Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport.

Sands will be joined on stage by jazz bassist Brian Torff and a drummer to be announced.

The center's Jazz Thursday program will present eight jam sessions, where students and semi-professionals are encouraged to drop in and play together. The first one is scheduled for Sept. 22.

The center's education programs will include "WAC This Way," a series of guided tours of arts destinations in New York and Connecticut, starting with the Brant Foundation in Greenwich on Sept. 13. The center will also hold a series of "WACky Family Days," beginning with a "WACky Costume Party" Oct. 23.

The center has also joined with Ina Chadwick and Gabi Coastworth of Westport's MouseMuse Productions to offer a monthly writers gathering called Writers Artists Collaborative. The center will provide coffee at the free lunchtime program, which starts Oct. 19. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call the center at 203-222-7070 or visit www.westportartscenter.org.