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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. 

This is a permanent 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. 


Print Mafia XX
Twenty Year Retrospective 

September 2 - October 21, 2017

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This exhibition highlights twenty years of cut, paste, and destroy through a selection of posters, art prints, and much more hand-selected by the creative minds behind the business themselves-Connie Collingsworth & Jim Madison. 

Print Mafia began in 1997 as a collaboration between Collingsworth and Madison. Known for their creative use of imagery inspired by pop culture, they have created everything from gig posters to tour merchandise and retail items for both indie and commercial clients, including AEG Live/Live Nation, Third Man Records, Universal Music, Levi's, Spin Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Urban Outfitters, Spoon, KISS, The Shins, and Marilyn Manson, just to name a few!

Please join us for an opening reception on Saturday, September 2, 2017 from 6-9PM.

For more information regarding Print Mafia, please visit their website by clicking HERE


Art of the Macabre

October 1 - 31, 2017

Do you fancy artwork that is a little, well, spooky? Then this is your exhibition! See works from over twenty different local and regionl artists all with one thing in common-they represent, in some fashion, an element of the macabre. 

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Left: Beyond the Veil, 2017, Matthew Kirby, oil on canvas
Right: Under the Bed, 2017 Cindy Schott, ink and colored pencil on paper

What is macabre? 



Disturbing and horrifying because of involvement with or depiction of death and injury. In works of art, it is the quality of having a grim or ghastly atmosphere. 

While first impressions of these depictions of the macabre are often shocking or horrific, a deeper examination reveals more than mere horror for horror’s sake. It allows for a more insightful and in-depth conversation about not only death, but life, as well, in hopes to provide an outlet for dealing with life, death, and the pitfall’s in between. Join us if you dare!




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



Kim Jones: Grid Series, July 18 - August 19, 2017

David Stratton: Gesture & Landscape, May 30 - June 28, 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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