The Downing Museum welcomes visitors to to view works by Joe Downing as a painter and sculptor; the collection includes examples of his abstraction and experimentation with different media formats including leather, linen, canvas, old wood, metal, staples, and found objects. Visitors also have the opportunity to view works by local, state, national, and international artists, both visiting and from the museum's permanent collections.
Additionally, visitors can elect to watch the Emmy award-winning documentary Joe Downing: Poet of Color and Light. WKYU-PBS, Western Kentucky University's Public Television service, has been honored with two Emmy Awards by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Ohio Valley Chapter for this film—in the Nostalgia Program category (Producers Barbara Deeb and David Brinkley, Editor Stephen Kertis and Executive Producer Jerry Baker) and for Lighting in the craft category (David Brinkley). The run time for the film is approximately 25 minutes.
For groups of 8 or more, Tour reservations are requested. Please make reservations at least one week in advance.
The Downing Museum staff must ensure visitor's safety as well as the safety of museum artifacts and exhibits.
Violation of these rules will result in one verbal warning. Further rule violation will result in group or individual being escorted to museum exit.
Tuesday to Friday, 11:00 AM (CST) - 4:00 PM
Saturday, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday and Monday
Facilities are non-smoking and not available for private rental (Weddings, parties, etc.)
Video + Photography are restricted.