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Side by Side Fishy Fishy collaboration

These works include children's work made during the Side by Side program. The Side by Side Program is a free hands-on learning art experience for school age children with special needs. This fall we are going online with Youtube videos and artist/instructor Zoom sessions, non face-to-face collaborations with area artists and a virtual exhibit hosted by the Kentucky Museum in partnership with Arts for All Kentucky. The exhibition will include the student's work, the artist's work and their collaborative pieces.

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The Two Artists in KY Museum Print Collection

The Museum’s has a collection over 140 fine art prints which include serigraphs, lithographs, chromolithographs, etchings, engravings and block prints. The Museum began collecting prints in earnest in 1976 with a donation of 23 works chosen by WKU Art Department faculty and were partially funded with a National Endowment for the Arts grant. The print collection continued to grow with a generous art donation in 1978 by Harry Jackson that included 18 prints and during 1980 through 1981 over 50 prints were donated by various individuals facilitated by the Ackerman Foundation. Others have contributed works over the years including a collection of prints from Kentucky artist, Malcolm Arnett.  

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US Bank 2019 Purchase Award

February 29 - June 2020

The Kentucky Museum presents a unique art exhibit which is truly a celebration of this region’s art. Anyone over the age of 18 and living within 65 miles of Bowling Green was eligible to enter a piece of their original artwork which will be on exhibit for the entire length of the show. The work was judged and monetary awards given in eight  amateur as well as professional categories.

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Historic Schools of Warren Co.

In 1855, the Kentucky Superintendent of Public Instruction reported there were 3,575 children of school age in Warren County, Kentucky. An average of 1,107 students actually attended the county's common schools that year. Of the 58 schools reporting, there was one five-month, one six-month and one seven-month school. Two four-month schools were in the count with the remaining 53 being in session for three months.

This website presents over 100 common schools listed in Warren County's Official Record Book of the County Superintendent. It goes a step further and shows many other schools which were once or still are a part of the Warren County school system.

Out of the Box

In 2019, the Kentucky Building celebrates 80 years of showcasing South Central Kentucky’s unique culture and heritage. In honor of this milestone, the Kentucky Museum presents Out of the Box, an exhibition focused on fostering multidisciplinary discussions about our collective heritage while shining new light on the relevance of our museum in the 21st century. 

This virtual exhibit presents the Object Lessons created by faculty, and links to additional resources held by the Kentucky Folklife Program and WKU Department of Library Special Collections. Curated by 11 WKU faculty from 9 departments.



Adopted Artifacts

In 2019, the Kentucky Museum began its Adopt an Artifact campaign. Through the program, people like you are helping protect and conserve the over 30,000 artifacts in our collections. We rely entirely on public donations for collections care, ensuring that our artifacts remain on display and in good condition through a process called "conservation."

While adoptions are ongoing, this exhibit features selected artifacts adopted during the kick-off SpiritFunder campaign in Fall 2019. Sponsored by ServiceOne Credit Union.

Kentucky Women Rising
 This virtual version of our Kentucky Women Rising exhibit explores the history of Kentucky women in politics, with supplementary videos and resources to help students understand the waves of feminism.
Gazing Deeply Big Ideas
 This companion exhibit to "Gazing Deeply: The Art & Science of Mammoth Cave" (on view 2020 to 2022) takes a deeper look at the objects, stories, and involvement of WKU at Mammoth Cave National Park. This exhibit features expanded text by Dr. Chris Groves, Lee Anne Bledsoe, and Autumn Singer of Crawford Hydrology Laboratory and art instructor Julie Schuck of the WKU Art Department.
A Culture Carried
As part of the Kentucky Folklife Program’s on-going oral history project, the Kentucky Folklife Program and Kentucky Museum are proud to present a virtual version of the 2016-2018 exhibit, A Culture Carried: Bosnians in Bowling Green (Kulturno naslijeđe Bosanci u Bowling Green-u).
Side by side art 2019
Side by Side

A collaborative exhibition of artwork created by young artists with disabilities and local artists will be on display at the Kentucky Museum. This statewide program was created by Arts for All Kentucky  in partnership with the Kentucky Museum.

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