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Arte Cubano

March 9 - May 28, 2019

Arte Cubano highlights a universally agreed-upon characteristic of the island’s art: an incredible diversity. Cuban art is so rich in large part because of its diverse cultural blend of African, European, and Latin/Caribbean influences. Add to these traditional roots the revolution of 1959, and Cuban art occupies a unique aesthetic place in the contemporary art world. Building on changing relationships between the governments of the United States and Cuba, this timely exhibition reflects two dozen Cuban artists’ ruminations on the quotidian, social, and political realities of the island and the contemporary world.


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2018 Purchase Award

2019 Celebration of the Arts

March 2 - April 5

US Bank Celebration of the Arts Exhibit is an open art show featuring the work of professional as well as amateur artists and is the largest art exhibit in the region featuring over 190 works.

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Jacqui Lubbers

Jacqui Lubbers: A Legacy in Weaving

Richardson Quilt Gallery

February 1, 2019 - May 15, 2020

Lubbers is a part-time weaving and art appreciation instructor in the WKU Art Department. "Even though the form and content of my work has changed, the compelling force behind my art hasn't," Lubbers said. "Turning a flat piece of woven cloth into a dimensional work of art or more basically, the process of weaving in general, is the most creative aspect of my life. Both processes and product come from my passion to weave and desire to make my art."


Weaving Exhibit 2019 coverlet

Even Coverlets Get the Blues

Richardson Quilt Gallery

February 1, 2019 - May 15, 2020

Kentuckians have practiced the art of handweaving for more than 200 years.

Techniques represented in Even Coverlets Get the Blues range from overshot, double weave, and tied-beiderwand to latch hook rug making and weaving on a hand loom. 

Stop in and see the coverlets chosen for this exhibit by Sandy Staebell, Kentucky Museum Registrar/Collections Curator.

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WKU’s Cultural Enhancement Series and Kentucky Museum host award winning artist Patrick Dougherty in October 2018 on WKU’s campus in Bowling Green, Ky. Highbrow was completed on October 19th. Photo by Cheryl Kirby Stokes

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Bosnian flier

A Culture Carried: Bosnians in Bowling Green
 September 30, 2017 - May 11, 2019

This exhibit is in partnership with the Kentucky Folklife Program's Bowling Green Bosnia Oral History Project, and the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology. 

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Museum Courtyard exhibit

HAD  Artist Collective Murals

Anel Lepić and Muhamed “Hamo” Bešlagic, two HAD Collective artists from Bosnia, carved murals in the Kentucky Museum courtyard. Letić and Bešlagić specialize in the wall cut technique to create their murals. The murals were unveiled Friday, March 2.

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Felts Log House

Felts Log House

This 1815 log house is a classic example of traditional Kentucky architecture. The double-pen, two story structure with its dog-trot floor plan and poplar, oak, and walnut construction are typical of the folk architecture of the region. The structure interprets life in rural south central Kentucky in the eighteen-teens.

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Civil War Exhibit

 A Star In Each Flag:

Conflict in Kentucky

The Civil War, 1861-1865, split the nation apart along the lines of slavery. Kentucky, a southern state with strong ties to north and south, was caught in the middle. This wonderful interactive exhibit explores the Civil War in Kentucky.

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Snell-Franklin decorative arts gallery

Snell-Franklin Decorative Arts Gallery

Objects in this exhibition are all related to Kentucky in some way. Furniture is displayed in relation to time and style with silver, glass, ceramics, paintings and anthropological items, which were used to decorate homes at different periods in history.

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Duncan Hines exhibit

Recommended by Duncan Hines

Featuring the life and work of the Bowling Green native, this collection of artifacts includes an outstanding collection from the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors’ Bureau. Visitors will learn about Hines’ career as a writer on travel, dining and entertaining, as well as his transition to a "name brand" icon and pioneer in the world of packaged food.

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 L. Y. Lancaster Gun Collection

 Thirteen guns in two cases tell the story of how a hobby can make a person an authority. Dr. L. Y. Lancaster (1893-1980), best known as a professor of biological sciences and a mentor of pre-med students at Western Kentucky University for 37 years, collected and restored 19th flintlock and percussion lock long rifles. The earliest dated gun in the case is a flintlock from the late 1820s. For many Kentuckians, this case provides their first look at a double barrel shotgun.


 Hascal Haile: Guitar-maker to the Stars

 Monroe County, Kentucky native Hascal "Hack" Haile (1906-1986) began making guitars professionally in the late 1960s. A lifelong musician, he made guitars for classical artists and country musicians alike. This exhibition case features two of Haile's guitars; an acoustic folk guitar (1983) and a solid body amplified acoustic guitar (1982). Haile received national attention when in 1980 the Smithsonian Institution accepted one of his guitars for its Hall of Musical Instruments and President Jimmy Carter received him at the White House.


Taking the Mystery Out of Prehistory

Long before the first written history in Kentucky, people lived and hunted there. This small exhibit identifies tools, cooking utensils, and ornaments made and used by prehistoric Kentuckians. Ordinary and unusual objects of stone, bone, pottery, and fiber are included and a special display of projectile points identifies spear and arrow tips that span 10,000 years of Kentucky prehistory.



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