Owensboro Museum of Fine Art

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

Nov. 9, 2019 - Feb. 16, 2020

Sponsored by

Owensboro Health

An exhibition of 35 monumental paintings by the Louisville, KY.  artist, celebrates how art and food combine to reflect notions of nourishment, wellbeing, family and friends, social rituals, desire and popular culture.

The artist will present a gallery talk on the exhibition at 2:00 P.M. Sunday, November 10 offering an insight into her mural sized canvases.  Widely recognized for her thematic works which feature the art of food as central to life, Garner is represented by a major work in the art collection owned by Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. The painting, comprised of 48 panels, each depicting a table place setting, hangs at the entrance to the hospital’s cafeteria.

Garner’s exhibition runs concurrently with the “43rd Annual Holiday Forest Festival of Trees” which features Christmas trees laden with delectable seasonal treats.





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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.



KALEIDOSCOPE KAVE is FREE and open during regular gallery hours:
Tuesday - Friday 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.



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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Nov. 9 - Dec. 31, 2019

Sponsored by

The Glenmore Distillery

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THE HOLIDAY FOREST features eighteen monumental Christmas trees and special decorations designed and created by local artists, florists, schools and organizations. These trees interpret the exhibition“ART + FOOD + HEALTH: At the Table with Joyce Garner” a solo exhibition by one of Kentucky’s leading contemporary artists.

An entertainment event on opening night will feature a “crowd source” group decorating project by the gala’s guests where a trio of miniature Christmas trees will be created  and raffled off to one of the participants.

The Festival features Christmas trees laden with delectable seasonal treats.  Highlights include a pair of Pie Trees featuring slices of fruit and cream pies carved from insulation board and painted in vivid colors finished with glitter glazes. Complementing these is an 18 foot tall “Watermelon Tree” garnished with more than 200 slices of melon.

Trees designed by local organizations include the Owensboro Herb Society’s “Fresh Herbs and Salad Tree” complete with decorative bottles of vinegar and oil; the Western Kentucky Basket Guild’s “Picnic Tree” covered with baskets of fried chicken and other delicacies and St Stephen Cathedral’s tradition “Crismon Tree” celebrating the origins of the season.

The Owensboro Miniature Society will present an exhibition of more than two dozen tiny dioramas depicting table settings and picnics. Students from Burns Middle School and Sorgho Elementary School will feature trees of sweet snacks made to depict ice cream cones and cupcakes.

A collection of four trees were designed especially for the John Hampden Smith Decorative Arts Wing and are gifts of Gary Tunget of Gary’s Fleur de Lis Florist. Trees drawn from the museum’s holiday collection are also featured including a grouping of handcrafted “Goose Feather Trees” by JoAnne Hobbs of Hodgenville, KY.



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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.

Museum Hours:
Tuesday - Friday - 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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

Voluntary Admission:
Adults - $3
Children under 13 years - $2