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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.

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Artland

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

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KALEIDOSCOPE KAVE

An Interactive Video Gallery
Featuring
“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 – 4:00 p.m. Friday 10:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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Contributions from Friends of the Foundation support education 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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A portrait of Joseph Hamilton Daveiss
for whom Daviess County is named
 

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sponsored by
The Daviess County Bicentennial Committee
Dr. and Mrs. R. Wathen Medley, Jr.
Greenwell-Chisholm Printing Company
The Glenmore Distillery
A Friend of the Museum
 

Exhibition Preview

Saturday, May 30, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“Daviess County:  Through the Lens of Art,” a major event in Daviess County’s year-long bicentennial celebration, will be featured at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, May 30 through August 16.

The exhibition of more than 200 works of art and artifacts dating from 1815 to 2015 was designed to present a visual jubilee of the rich and diverse cultural history of Daviess County.

While the primary focus of the exhibition is the fine and decorative arts, it also includes historical objects and related materials documenting the economic, political, military, social and religious traditions important to the era.

The highlight of the exhibition is the pre-Civil War-era mansion, the Major John Hampden Smith House, built in 1859, and its collection of historically important paintings by major American artists.  The structure is in the style of Greek Revival architecture with Italianate influence and serves as the museum’s decorative arts wing and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

An important collection of paintings by the late Kentucky artist Harlan Hubbard (1900 – 1988) depicting a century of activity along Owensboro's riverfront presents a visual celebration of the economic growth of the region.

More than 200 years of growth and development of Daviess County business and industry is celebrated by paintings and memorabilia documenting farming, manufacturing, distilling, health care and a wide range of economic endeavors.  Included are such early business interests as Green River Whiskey, Sour Mash Distillery, The Glenmore Distillery, The Medley Distillery, Ken-Rad, Texas Gas Transmission Corporation, Field Packing Company, Owensboro Grain Company, Owensboro River Sand and Gravel and Owensboro National Bank.

The three-month exhibition will be accompanied by a series of interpretive and educational activities for children and includes the Bicentennial Art Camp scheduled June 9 to 12.  The free public art camp, sponsored by Owensboro Grain Company, will feature a tour of the Kentucky Historical Society’s HistoryMobile, followed by workshops where replicas of toys of the Civil War era will be made.

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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