Owensboro Museum of Fine Art

901 Frederica Street
Owensboro, Kentucky 42301
Phone: 270-685-3181

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.



May 31 to August 9

Preview May 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m.


An Exhibition Sponsored by


Two hundred and sixty-seven glass objects created by master glass blowers of the mid 19th century form this historically important art collection of glass novelties made in Lockport and Lancaster, New York between 1840 and 1880.

Glass “whimsies” were produced in glass factories at the end of the work day by master glassmakers, using left over glass for their personal pleasure in creating a wide variety of glass objects including vessels, bottles and novelties such as the canes and ceremonial staffs in this exhibition. The glass factory “whimsies” that survived the era disappeared to the attics, sheds and barns of family and friends and only came onto the international art market in the mid 20th Century after several generations of glassblowers had died.

This unique collection, demonstrating the ingenuity of early American glassmakers, reflects the social, economic and historical events of the day as this country moved into the Industrial Revolution, ushering in the era of mass production. The collection was amassed by a New York family in the 1950’s and was held in that family until 2007, when it was purchased in its entirety by Dr. and Mrs. R. Wathen Medley, Jr. and subsequently gifted to the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art. While the names of the master glassblowers who made these “whimsies” are unknown, they were among the creative ancestors of the international late 20th century Studio Art Glass Movement.




An En Plein Air Painting Event

Sept. 18, 19 & 20, 2014

$3000 in Merit & Purchase Awards


Registration fee $20 on or before Sept. 5, after which the fee

increases to $35.

Register for Paintout



March 8 to April 25

Sponsored by



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Sponsored by

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 is provided by art students from area colleges for seasonally themed projects. ARTLAND is FREE and open to all.




An Interactive Video Gallery
“Recollections 5” by Ed Tannenbaum
A Program Funded by the
National Endowment for the Arts
KALEIDOSCOPE KAVE is FREE and open during regular gallery hours: Tuesday – Thursday 10:00 – 4:00 p.m. Friday 10:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.





August 23 to October 26


An Exhibition Sponsored by

Owensboro Health Regional Hospital

An exhibition of one hundred selected entries will be presented at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art and will provide sponsors an opportunity to review and choose sculpture that they wish to lease or purchase for the 2015 RiverArtes Biennial. Artists may have their works represented in this exhibition by maquettes, photographs or other illustrative formats.

RiverArtes is a revolving biennial exhibition of public art by sculptors of international, national and regional prominence designed to celebrate the vitality of Owensboro, Kentucky; enhance its creative placemaking efforts; establish it as a cultural tourism destination and enrich the lives of its residents and visitors. Opportunities abound in the City’s new multi-million dollar Riverfront Development for the placement of public art, a visual additive that creates an atmosphere of community pride, excitement and celebration.

The project, that features rotating exhibitions of monumental outdoor sculpture, follows the national model for leased sculpture installations, each lasting two years. Sculpture sponsors include foundations, granting agencies, private and corporate sectors.

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November 23 to June 1

Sponsored by

Owensboro Health

Regional Hospital


A Private Patron of

Native American Art


DANCERS (THE RED STAR BROTHERS), oil on canvas, 1990, Kevin Red Star (b. 1943), Crow, Roberts, Montana

A major exhibition featuring the works of internationally recognized Montana painter Kevin Red Star and 18 of his peers, includes more than 100 paintings and sculpture celebrating the contributions of 20th century Native American artists to this country's cultural history.

A public opening Sunday, November 24 at 2:00 p.m. will feature gallery talks by Red Star and collector Alex Windsor Betts, Windsor Betts Brockerage House, Santa Fe, NM.




Contributions from Friends of the Foundation support education 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.

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Museum Hours:
Tuesday - Thursday - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed Monday and National Holidays

Voluntary Admission:
Adults - $2
Children under 13 years - $1