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The Story of Joe Downing: Select Works From the Collection

visit of state      painting

Pictured above: Visit of State, Joe Downing, Oil on Canvas, 1948 & Untitled, Joe Downing, Oil on Canvas, c. 1985

Selections from the museum's collection as well as private collections will give visitors a glimpse into the celebrated career of an internationally renowned artist from Horse Cave, Kentucky. Objects on exhibit represent a lifetime of creative work by Joseph Dudley Downing; a visual journey spanning from his humble beginnings in Horse Cave, Kentucky to his international recognition as an contemporary visual artist. Visitors will learn about the life of Joe Downing as well as the history of the Downing Museum and Baker Arboretum. 

Be sure to check out the Joe Downing section in Instruments of American Excellence at the Kentucky Museum. Click HERE for more information. 


 Arctic Residues - Sightings, January 31 - March 18, 2017


Yvonne Petkus, a WKU Professor of art, exhibits work created through a recent sabbatical that included two artist residences in Iceland (in winter), SIM Artist Residency in Reykjavik and the Hvitahus Artist Residency on the more remote Snaefellsnes Peninsula, as well as time processing that experience back in her U.S. studio. In this work, Petkus continues to explore ideas of struggle, the residues of trauma, and the forces of nature against the body. The exhibition presents an arc of influence by including the work developed just before Iceland (paintings, monotypes), the work completed in Iceland (paintings on Mylar that see forces of nature as physical and existential pressures), and the work that has continued since Iceland (paintings and monotypes on Mylar, canvas, and plexiglass). Her process - which sieves visual and cognitive input through a physical back and forth, a struggle of marks in continual negotiation - made sense for Iceland, a place of dynamics, of extremes, where questions of vulnerability and endurance were seen with new intensity. 

This work was made possible with support from the WKU Office of International Programs and Potter College of Arts & Letters. 

Please join us on February 9, 2017 at 6:00 for a gallery talk and on March 17, 2016 from 5:00-800 for the Bowling Green Gallery Hop. 


Liminal by Kristina Arnold, April 4 - May 13, 2017

Art 373: Installation Art Class Projects, April 14 - May 13, 2017

Gesture & Landscape by David Stratton, May 30 - July 1, 2017

Kim Jones Exhibition, July 18 - August 19, 2017

Jack Lunt Memorial Juried Art Exhibition, November 12 - December 16, 2017


24th Annual Jack Lunt Memorial Juried Art Exhibition, November 13 - December 17, 2016

Michael Nichols: Refresh, September 20 - October 29

Kathryn Waters: At Home and Abroad, July 26 - September 1, 2016

Gabriel Mo: Relics of Cairn B, May 31 - July 9, 2016

23rd Annual Jack Lunt Memorial Juried Art Exhibition




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