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The Kentucky Museum – Upcoming Exhibits



Artworks Fall Exhibit
ArtWorks Fall Exhibition
October 18 - November 18, 2023

The Kentucky Museum will host the Fall Exhibition for ArtWorks, Inc. members. Details will be announced soon on ArtWorks' website.

Additionally, the Museum will serve as a host venue for ArtWorks and World's Greatest Studio Tour members during the WGST Weekend on November 4 and 5, 2023. ArtWorks members can learn more here.

Tangents to Heaven
Opens February 2024

This exhibition honors the life and legacy of Episcopal priest, filmmaker, writer and art connoisseur Al Shands (1928-2021) and his wife, Mary Norton Shands. Together, the couple supported and collected the works of nationally and regionally prominent contemporary artists. After their deaths, their collection was bequeathed to institutions across the Commonwealth, including 45 pieces donated to the Kentucky Museum. We are honored to exhibit selections from this collection, which serve to inspire the next generation of Kentucky artists.

Celebration of the Arts 2024
March 2 - April 12, 2024

The Kentucky Museum presents their annual juried art exhibit, which is truly a celebration of this region’s art. Generously sponsored by Abound Credit Union, any Kentucky resident over the age of 18 and living within 65 miles of Bowling Green was eligible to enter a piece of their original artwork created within the last two years. Monetary awards are given in ten categories as well as for Best of Show, the Purchase Award, the World's Greatest Studio Tour Merit Award, and the Artworks Merit Award.

Details will be announced in November/December 2023.



Side by Side
April 6 - June 22, 2024

The Side by Side program was created by Arts for All Kentucky (formerly VSA) in 2004 for school age kids with special needs in communities across Kentucky. Details will be released in early spring 2024.

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2024.

Sonic Landscape
Spring 2025

Rather than developing only one distinct sound, South-Central Kentucky has been a site of exchange and collaboration between and across a plurality of genres and styles, which owes its strength to the long history of diversity in the region and the traffic of talent and opportunity between the region’s hub, Bowling Green, and nearby Nashville, TN, one hour south. Produced in partnership with the Kentucky Folklife Program, this multi-year exhibition interprets and contextualizes these rich musical traditions in the region and their influence throughout America.

More information.


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 Last Modified 9/6/23