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.
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
A portrait of Joseph Hamilton Daveiss
for whom Daviess County is named
The Daviess County Bicentennial Committee
Dr. and Mrs. R. Wathen Medley, Jr.
Greenwell-Chisholm Printing Company
The Glenmore Distillery
A Friend of the Museum
Saturday, May 30, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
“Daviess County: Through the Lens of Art,” a major event in Daviess County’s year-long bicentennial celebration, will be featured at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, May 30 through August 16.
The exhibition of more than 200 works of art and artifacts dating from 1815 to 2015 was designed to present a visual jubilee of the rich and diverse cultural history of Daviess County.
While the primary focus of the exhibition is the fine and decorative arts, it also includes historical objects and related materials documenting the economic, political, military, social and religious traditions important to the era.
The highlight of the exhibition is the pre-Civil War-era mansion, the Major John Hampden Smith House, built in 1859, and its collection of historically important paintings by major American artists. The structure is in the style of Greek Revival architecture with Italianate influence and serves as the museum’s decorative arts wing and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
An important collection of paintings by the late Kentucky artist Harlan Hubbard (1900 – 1988) depicting a century of activity along Owensboro's riverfront presents a visual celebration of the economic growth of the region.
More than 200 years of growth and development of Daviess County business and industry is celebrated by paintings and memorabilia documenting farming, manufacturing, distilling, health care and a wide range of economic endeavors. Included are such early business interests as Green River Whiskey, Sour Mash Distillery, The Glenmore Distillery, The Medley Distillery, Ken-Rad, Texas Gas Transmission Corporation, Field Packing Company, Owensboro Grain Company, Owensboro River Sand and Gravel and Owensboro National Bank.
The three-month exhibition will be accompanied by a series of interpretive and educational activities for children and includes the Bicentennial Art Camp scheduled June 9 to 12. The free public art camp, sponsored by Owensboro Grain Company, will feature a tour of the Kentucky Historical Society’s HistoryMobile, followed by workshops where replicas of toys of the Civil War era will be made.