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.
Nov. 13, 2016 to Feb. 17, 2017
Michael Aakhus, Dean Emeritus, College of Liberal Arts, University of Southern Indian, presents an exhibition of 50 monumental paintings inspired by decades of world travel. As a Professor of Art, he is known as a scholar of the ancient art of Mesoamerica. The exhibition of paintings in the genre of “Magical Realism” is based upon his research and study of the cultures of Mexico and Central and South America.
Feb. 25 to Apr. 14, 2107
This exhibition is designed to showcase the accomplishments of local and regional artists featured in the Owensboro Art Guild’s 55th Annual Juried Exhibition. The Guild’s adjudicated show continues a tradition established in the early 1960’s when the organization for local artists was formed to advance the quality of local art and to function as an advocacy group for the visual arts in the community.
The competition for artists working in two- and three-dimensional media will award Merit and Purchase Awards totally $3, 500. Juror for the exhibition will be Meena Khalili, Assistant Professor of Visual Communication, University of Louisville, who will judge the exhibition and designate Merit Awards. Purchase Awards will be chosen by award sponsors from a special pool of works selected by the juror. The award-winning entries will be announced at the February 25 preview.
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