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 14 to July 24, 2016


A LIVING LANGUAGE, an exhibition of more than 100 works of art by Br. Martin Erspamer, OSB, a monk of St. Meinrad Archabbey, Indiana, is featured at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, May 14 to July 24.  A public gallery talk by the artist is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., Sunday, May 15.

A nationally recognized liturgical artist, Erspamer has designed stained glass installations in dozens of Roman Catholic and Protestant churches across the country and is a frequent consultant for religious communities.

Erspamer was a designer for Emil Frei Stained Glass Studios, St. Louis, Mo., the company whose Munich studio created the stained glass windows at the turn of the 20th century for the former St. Joseph Church in Owensboro.  These windows are now owned by the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art which constructed a special wing in 1994 to permanently display the collection.



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



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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.

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August 6 to October 23, 2016

Sponsored by
Owensboro Health Regional Hospital

Artist Registration

RIVERARTES II: THE ART OF PLACEMAKING. an exhibition of proposals for public art, is a continuation of the 2014 RIVERARTES I project, a partnership of the museum and the City of Owensboro designed to acquire outdoor sculpture for the new multi-million dollar riverfront development.


Approximately 100 proposals will be selected for RIVERARTES II, where artists will have their works showcased by scale models, photographs or other illustrations.  Artists selected for installation of works will receive a stipend of $2,500 for each year of a two-year lease.  The artists will be responsible for transport to and from the installation site and for oversight of the installation process.  The City will provide sites and insure the works for the duration of the two-year lease.  All sculpture will be offered for sale and may be purchased at the end of the two-year lease period.  Artists may view a prospectus and enter the competition by using the link above or phoning the museum at 270-685-3181. Deadline for entries is June 26.

The selection criteria for installations will include the artist’s credentials; quality of craftsmanship; attention to architectural, historical, geographic and cultural context; structural and surface soundness; maintainability and appropriateness for placement in a public setting.




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 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.


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