Owensboro Museum of Fine Art

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




RiverArtes III is a revolving biennial exhibition of public art by sculptors of international, national and regional prominence designed to celebrate the vitality of Owensboro, Kentucky; enhance its creative placemaking efforts; establish it as a cultural tourism destination and enrich the lives of its residents and visitors. Opportunities abound in the City’s new multi-million dollar Riverfront Development for the placement of public art, a visual additive that creates an atmosphere of community pride, excitement and celebration.

The project, which features rotating exhibitions of monumental outdoor sculpture, follows the national model for leased sculpture installations, each lasting two years. Sculpture sponsors include foundations, granting agencies and private and corporate patrons.

The 2014 RIVERARTES I and 2016 RIVERARTES II exhibitions leased a total of 11 monumental works of art, 9 of which have been purchased for permanent installation.



An exhibition of 100 selected entries will be presented at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art and will provide sponsors an opportunity to review and choose sculpture that they wish to lease or purchase from 2018 RiverArtes III. Artists may have their works represented in this exhibition by maquettes, photographs or other illustrative formats.


The selection criteria will include: quality of craftsmanship; attention to architectural, historical, geographic and cultural context; maintainability; structural and surface soundness; durability; resistance to weathering, excessive maintenance and repair costs; appropriateness for placement on a pedestrian site and ability to withstand public interaction.




June 15           Deadline for receipt of digital entries

June 18           Notification of acceptance

July 9-13         Accepted entries received

July 28            Museum exhibition opens

Oct. 21            Contracts finalized

Oct. 21            Museum exhibition closes



Selections for installations will be made by October 21, and lease agreements signed with artists. Two-year lease periods will begin when installations are finalized.


Each artist selected for the two-year exhibition will receive $2500 per year for lease of each sculpture.  The artist will be responsible for transportation of sculpture to and from the site and for installation.  Costs regarding site preparation will be the responsibility of the sponsors. Sculpture will be insured by the sponsor while installed at the site.

Artists selected for this exhibition will be required to meet contract terms.  There will be no additional award beyond the stipend, and no contingency funds will be available.

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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