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P.O. Box 1
4801 Morgantown Rd.
Bowling Green, KY  42102


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The Story of Joe Downing: Select Works From the Collection 

doorsoflife          detail  Pictured left: Les Portes de la Vie/The Doors of Life (detail), ca. 1992-1994
Pictured 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 Joseph Dudley Downing (1925-2007), an artist from Horse Cave, Kentucky who spent the majority of his career working in France. This exhibition represents a lifetime of creative work by Downing; a visual journey spanning from his early years 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. 


Visitors have the chance to watch the emmy award-winning documetary Joe Downing: Poet of Color and Light, produced Barbara Deeb and David Brinkley, Editor Stephen Kertis, and Executive Producer Jerry Baker. 

This is a permanent exhibit open year-round. 


Leslie Nichols
July 17 - September 1


Pictured: Intersections, Leslie Nichols, acrylic on paper

The portraits in this exhibition depict women in South Central Kentucky who work to make it a better place, especially for women and girls. The large-scale portraits monumentalize women whose work in the community is often invisible. Small works are studies for larger pieces. These women use their knowledge and power to make a difference in our community. They advocate for various causes including access to public services, healthy foods, and education. Words from texts including interviews, poems, essays, and other inspirational sources create each women’s image.

Please join us for an artist talk with Leslie Nichols and storytelling with Michelle Howell. Food and drinks provided by Need More Acres Farms and local vendors.
Saturday July 21, 10AM. 


Artist reception Friday, August 17, 5-7PM. 


Remember Us
Donna Schulte

July 31 - Sept 1


This exhibition of pit-fired ceramic vessels is inspired by and in recognition of women who devote their time to making positive societal and environmental changes. Throughout time and cultures, women have been the backbone of human societies and proponents of wildlife and a healthy environment. 


Artist reception Friday, August 17, 5-7PM. 




Myra Dwyer: Select Works, June 19-July 21, 2018
David Jones: 52 Faces, 
May 29-July 7, 2018
Beth Reitmeyer: Field of Dreams
Marilee Salvator: Propagation
Lauren Milliken: Pastoral Life
David M. Marquez: Germination Series
Emily Hendricksen: A Reflective Collection (2014-2018), Jan 30 - Feb 24, 2017
25th Annual Jack Lunt Memorial Juried Art Exhibition, Nov 19, 2017 - Jan 20, 2018
Art of the Macabre, Oct 1 - 31, 2017
Print Mafia Retrospective, Sep 2 - Oct 21, 2017
Kim Jones: Grid Series, July 18 - Aug 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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