Owensboro Museum of Fine Art

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


Nov. 11 to Dec. 31, 2017

Preview Gala

Nov. 11, 6:30-8:30

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One of Owensboro’s oldest holiday traditions, the 41st HOLIDAY FOREST FESTIVAL OF TREES, will open the  local  Christmas season with a preview gala, Saturday, November 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art.

The festival is highlighted by two exhibitions. THE FOREST OF TREES, featuring twenty monumental Christmas trees and special decorations designed and created by local artists, florists and organizations. These interpret the exhibition APPLALACHIAN SPIRIT, selected from the museum’s collection of more than 1000 objects of folk and outsider art.

The exhibitions and gala are sponsored by The Glenmore Distillery, the traditional patron of the previous forty festivals of trees. The gala will feature holiday cuisine and entertainment by the Bluegrass music band, Kings Highway.

Special activities for regional schools include participatory projects in ARTLAND, the interactive studio for children, where ornaments for the ARTLAND TREE will be made and ornaments also made to take home. Guided school tours of the exhibitions are available by reservation.




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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.





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 - Friday 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.





Nov. 11, 2017 to Feb. 4, 2018

APPALACHIAN SPIRIT features some of the most prominent naïve artists of the mid to late 20th century and celebrates the museum’s collection as an important documentary on this aspect of American art.

The collection was acquired to showcase the diversity of creativity expressed by contemporary artists and craftsmen working outside the academic tradition and explores the innovative styles, techniques and nontraditional media used by unschooled artists and craftsmen. Showcased are paintings in a variety of media, sculpture in wood, metal and fiber, dioramas and furniture.

Working outside the constraints and expectations of the professional art world, these artists have developed signature styles and established a body of work which scholars, critics and curators often struggle to categorize. Many of these artists have earned wide recognition in contemporary art circles and some have achieved a permanent place in American art history.



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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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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