Owensboro Museum of Fine Art

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

Sponsored by

Swedish Match & Atmos Energy

The three day event will be highlighted by an exhibition where more than $3,000 in Merit and Purchase Awards will be presented for winning entries. The annual festival is presented by co-sponsors Swedish Match and Atmos Energy.

Artists may enter the Buffalo Paintout by completing the registration form found on the museum’s website www.omfa.us or by calling 270-685-3181.  Registration fee is $20 prior to September 15 and $35 after that date.

The Buffalo theme for the Festival and Paintout was inspired by the two heroic sized bronzes installed in the art museum’s Ryan Sculpture Park on Frederica Street between 9th and 10th Streets.

The bronzes were commissioned by the museum to create the Bronze Buffalo Trace designed to commemorate the origins of Owensboro.  Present day Frederica Street began as a buffalo trace through which settlers made their way to the banks of the Ohio River to establish the settlement which ultimately became Owensboro.

The bronze buffalo sculpture “Into the Wind” and “Meadowlands Pair,” were gifts to the museum and the community from Mary Lou Steele and her late husband, Robert Steele, and former Mayor Ron Payne and his wife Denise.  The bronzes were created by the noted American wildlife sculptor T. D. Kelsey of Texas.

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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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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.




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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.


SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 2:00 P.M.





Seventy artists from Kentucky and surrounding states competed for more than $3,500 in Merit Awards in the Owensboro Art Guild’s 59th Annual Juried Exhibition.

Entries were judged by William Kolok, a retired professor of art from Kentucky Wesleyan College. From 134 entries, Kolok juried the exhibition to 69 two and three dimensional works and distributed ten Merit Awards.

The traditional gala and awards presentation held in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition has been delayed until Sunday, April 18 due to pandemic restrictions.
Online events will include a virtual tour of the exhibition and special programming presented by some of the winning artists.

The Owensboro Art Guild is Kentucky’s oldest continuing visual arts organization operated by artists and sponsors a variety of exhibition opportunities throughout the year. In addition to the annual juried exhibition at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, open exhibitions, wherein all entries are displayed, are also organized by the guild.


The museum is offering this project on-line as a part of its expanded social media response to the COVID-19 crisis. Each post of this project will feature a different image from a coloring book designed by the museum.

As a part of the 100th Anniversary of the founding of Daviess County, KY, the art museum partnered with the Daviess County Bicentennial Committee to create the DAVIESS COUNTY BICENTENNIAL COLORING BOOK: 1815-2015 to teach different aspects of local history. The book was distributed to thousands of Daviess County schoolchildren.

Many of the drawings in the book are based on important works in the museum’s Permanent Collection. The images are sized to be printed out and colored.

Hey kids, make sure you let your parents color too!

The Coloring Book is avaialble through email and social media



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.

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