Owensboro Museum of Fine Art expands and enhances the cultural environment of the region through a permanent collection of American, European and Asian fine and decorative arts dating from the 15th century to the present. Major traveling exhibitions, visual and performing arts, interpretive events and educational programs for children and adults occur throughout the year.
Artists from Kentucky and surrounding states will compete for more than $3,500 in Purchase and Merit Awards at the Owensboro Art Guild's Annual Juried Exhibition, scheduled at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, February 25 to April 14.
An opening reception, sponsored by BB&T, is scheduled at the museum, Saturday, February 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., where awards will be presented.
More than 100 entries in the exhibition are expected, which will be juried by Meena Khalili, Assistant Professor of Visual Communication at the University of Louisville.
The Owensboro Art Guild is Kentucky's oldest continuing visual arts organization operated by artists which sponsors a variety of exhibition opportunities throughout the year. In addition to the annual juried exhibition, open exhibitions, wherein all entries are displayed, are also organized by the guild. Monthly meetings featuring a wide variety of visual arts topics are held in the Ralph Center on Kentucky Wesleyan College's campus.
February 25 - April 16
"A Gift of Nature" showcases a gift of three major paintings by Frankfort, Kentucky, artist Ellen Glasgow to the museum's Permanent Collection.
The paintings are a part of an exhibition which represents a series of promised gifts to be given to the museum's collection by the Glasgow family over the next several years.
Glasgow has selected Owensboro's museum as a repository for a number of her works because of the leadership role it has taken in the documentation of the cultural history of Kentucky.
A nationally recognized landscape painter, Glasgow is owner and director of the Capital Gallery of Contemporary Art, Frankfort, Ky. She has been represented in numerous one-person and group exhibitions in the Midwest and along the East Coast. Selected collections containing works by Glasgow include Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, Ind.; Owensboro Museum of Fine Art; City of Owensboro Municipal Collection; Philip Morris, Inc., Va.; IBM Corporation, Washington, DC; LG&E Collection, Louisville, Ky.; and the US Department of State, Beijing, China.
The Michael E. Horn Family Foundation
ARTLAND, an exciting new dimension in education, is an interactive art studio created especially for children ages 4 to 10. It is a special place designed to challenge and stimulate the imagination while allowing children to create works of art at their own pace.
ARTLAND features an art laboratory fully equipped with supplies and materials for making works of art and is complemented by child-sized easels and tables. Instruction for seasonally-themed projects is provided by art students from area colleges and ARTLAND is FREE and open to all.
The dramatic growth and development of the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art in its first 40 years has enhanced Owensboro’s quality of life by its contributions to education, economic development and cultural tourism.
In just four decades, it has become recognized as a regional center for the visual arts, and its programming offers excellence in arts and culture of a quality not usually found outside major urban centers.
The generosity of Owensboro’s corporate, private and public sectors has enabled it to become the second largest art museum in Kentucky and a premiere educational resource for Western Kentucky.
With the continued support of local corporations, philanthropic families and elected officials, the museum will continue building a legacy for future generations.
Contributions from Friends of the Foundation support educational programs for area schools, special entertainment events for families, exhibitions, preservation of the art collection and the historic facility, and help keep the museum open and free to the public six days a week.
Friends of the Foundation receive discounts on museum activities, classes and Gift Shoppe purchases, as well as invitations to gala previews and special events.
An Interactive Video Gallery