2022 Bronze Buffalo Festival and Paintout Sponsored by Swedish Match

The 12th Annual Buffalo Festival and Paintout, an en plein air event, will be presented September 22 to 24 at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art. 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 sponsor Swedish Match.

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 commemorate the Buffalo Trace which celebrates the origins of Owensboro. Centuries ago, present day Frederica Street, the City’s major thoroughfare, 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 Wyoming.