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The Story of Joe Downing: Select Works From the Collection

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Left: Les Portes de la Vie/The Doors of Life (detail), ca. 1992-1992
Right: L'Eveil/The Awakening (detail), 1974

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. 

Exhibit open year-round

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


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

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Left: Evergreen Corner, 2011-2012, ink on paper
Right: Fuschia Sunset, 2015-2017, ink on paper

The artworks are landscapes based on photos taken while/from hiking trails observing plants, trees, and birds. The research series “elegy of Cy Twombly,” which began in 2011--the year of his death, utilizes the technique of monochromatic/dichromatic ink on paper or canvas, conceptually emphasizing both the wonder of gesture with gestural line. This to create texture both by overlapping gestural lines as well as a texture of “unstable visual space.” I start drawing without a sketch or projection, and use an “overlapping textures-wandering line” to create a naturalistic yet ‘altered sense of space’ integrated image. 



Kim Jones Exhibition, July 18 - August 19, 2017

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



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

2017 WKU Student Installation Art

Arctic Residues - Sightings by Yvonne Petkus, January 31 - March 18, 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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