Owensboro Museum of Fine Art

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


April 28 - July 16, 2018

First class glass, two centuries of art rendered in glass, showcases this museum’s collection of works in this medium dating from the mid 1800’s to the present.

The exhibition features glass whimsies, an important collection of 267 glass objects created by master glassblowers of the mid-19th century. Made in Lockport and Lancaster, New York, between 1840 and 1880, the collection was amassed by a New York family in the 1950’s and ultimately purchased by Dr. and Mrs. R. Wathen Medley, Jr. for this museum.

Glass whimsies which often include ceremonial staffs, canes, vessels, bottles and novelties were produced in glass factories at the end of the work day by master glassmakers using left over glass for their personal pleasure.

While the names of these early master glassblowers are unknown, they were the creative ancestors of the international art world phenomena known as the 20th Century Studio Art Glass Movement.

More than two dozen vessels and sculptural objects contained in the museum’s Don and Carol Wiiken Collection of 20th century studio art glass by internationally recognized glassmakers are also featured. Included are contemporary works by prominent American and European artists such as Stanislav Libensky, Jack Ink and William Carlson.




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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.




JUNE 6-8 & JUNE 13-15

A FREE Art Camp
Sponsored by

Ages 6-10 yrs.

9 to 11 a.m.

Breakfast served at 8:30 a.m.

Ages 11-16 yrs.

1 to 3 p.m.

Lunch served at 12:30 p.m.


Call 270-685-3181 for Reservations


ART THAT MAKES MUSIC will feature the construction of life-size animatronic figures in the form of a band which moves and plays Bluegrass music.

The figures will be carved, painted and assembled by the camp’s participants who will also help create the mechanical parts that enable the musicians to strum their instruments. At the conclusion of the project, the musical constructions will be displayed as public art in the museum’s Ryan Sculpture Park.

The museum has been selected as a site for the free feeding program provided by the Owensboro Public Schools and will serve meals at both the morning and afternoon sessions.


Click here for a Video Tour

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.

Click here to donate





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.


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