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Heart of Steel by artist David Chambers

Basketry Now: 10th Anniversary Exhibition

July 16 - December 1, 2019

This exhibit will be held in conjunction with the NBO 2019 Biennial Conference. The NBO biennial exhibitions have become an important record of artistic work within traditional and contemporary basketry. They are unique in their focus on basketry and in their inclusion of the full range of work being executed by well-known and emerging artists.

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Out of the Box

August 23, 2019 - June 30, 2020

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. 

Using local historical artifacts, photos, and records, we invite you to discover how every object tells multiple stories. Themes and stories are curated in partnership with 12 faculty from 9 WKU departments

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ZSEIFS Revisited

ZSEIFS Revisited

September 2019 - May 2020

In honor of International Year Of...Revisited 2019-20, the Kentucky Museum will host a retrospective exhibit about the impact of the Zuheir Sofia Endowed International Faculty Seminar (ZSEIFS) at WKU. Looking at the past 5 years of the program, this exhibit will explore the experiences of faculty in Ecuador, South Africa, South Korea, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Cuba and how their experiences have shaped teaching, research, and service at WKU.


Mammoth Cave Wedding painting

Creatively Karst

February 2020 - May 2021

Creatively Karst showcases how WKU’s backyard—the unique landscape of Mammoth Cave—is being studied, interpreted, and inspiring action on environmental change. Coinciding with the UNESCO Conservation of Fragile Karst Resources: A Workshop on Sustainability and Community and Earth Day’s 50th anniversary in 2020, this exhibition is a collaborative effort between arts and science faculty and students that highlights one of the most well-known and vital natural landscapes in the world. 

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2020 Celebration of the Arts

March - April 2020

The US Bank Celebration of the Arts exhibit is an open art show featuring the work of professional as well as amateur artists working within a 65 mile radius of Bowling Green, KY. The work is judged and awards are given.

If you are interested in sponsoring this exhibition or an award in the show, please contact Tiffany Isselhardt at 270-363-7592. 

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Political Bandwagon

April 2020 - June 2023

This exhibit explores how presidents, governors, and assorted statesmen and stateswomen have courted the Commonwealth’s voters over the past two centuries. Showcasing the Rather-Westerman Political Memorabilia Collection, this exhibition aims to educate visitors on how politicians market themselves and their ideologies, while exploring the importance of critical thinking and democratic debate during the electoral process.

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Whitework: Women Stitching Identity

July 2020 - December 2020

This exhibit explores the significance of early white embellished textiles that have been largely ignored, undervalued, and misinterpreted. It also explores how whitework holds a “special place” within the cultural geography of textile making, connecting regional textile making with broader narratives of American women’s lives, political participation, and self-expression of identity during the formative years of the new United States.

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