Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

RiverArtes Opening at OMFA

obo art 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (8/18/14) — RiverArtes, a showcase of proposals for public art by sculptors of national and regional prominence, opens at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, Saturday, Aug. 23.

Mayor Ron Payne is scheduled as the featured speaker at the 6:30 p.m. event and will discuss the function of public art as a creative placemaking effort and how it can serve to further establish Owensboro as a cultural tourism destination.

Seventy five proposals for monumental works of art showcased in the exhibition are by artists from 22 states. The sculpture, offered for lease for two-year periods, includes a wide selection of subjects, media and styles. Featured are realistic life-size bronzes and stone carvings, whimsical and entertaining representations of animals and mammoth abstract constructions in steel, glass and mixed media.

The RiverArtes initiative follows a national model for collaborative projects in cities across the country implemented by stakeholders interested in the aesthetic enhancements of their communities. Potential sponsors for leased sculpture traditionally include local governments, public granting agencies, private developers businesses and individuals, civic organizations and foundations.

RiverArtes, organized for the city by the local art museum, began more than 18 months ago with a call for proposals issued to artists, sculpture guilds and galleries across the country. Criteria for selection for entries for the exhibition included quality of craftsmanship; maintainability; structural and surface soundness; attention to historical, geographic and cultural content and appropriateness for public placement.

Each artist whose work is selected for installation will receive a stipend of $2,500 per year for the two-year lease and must be responsible for transport and installation to and from the site. Sites are selected by the sponsors who provide sculpture pads, lighting, and insurance of the art during the lease period. The sculpture may be placed in the downtown and riverfront areas or on the site of the sponsor.

Opportunities for selections by local sponsors will continue through the ending date of the exhibition Oct. 26. Installation of the works selected may begin at any time as determined by the sponsors after contracts are signed and sites prepared. Potential sponsors may view the exhibition of proposals during regular museum hours or after hours by appointment.

RiverArtes complements the expanding collection of public art at sites throughout the community, including three recent installation at the Owensboro Convention Center and installations of bronze and mixed media sculpture at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, acquired through the 2011 invitational exhibition, River County, organized by the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art.

Four major installations at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art along Frederica Street feature the works of nationally known artists. These include two heroic-sized bronze buffalo which were commissioned to initiate the Bronze Buffalo Trace, a visual arts documentation designed to celebrate the origins of Owensboro. Present-day Frederica Street began as a buffalo trace through which settlers made their way to the banks of the Ohio River to establish the settlement of Yellow Banks.

The bronze buffalo, Into the Wind and Meadowlands Pair, were gifts to the museum and the community from Mary Lou Steele and her late husband, Robert Steele, and Ron and Denise Payne, respectively. They were sculpted by the noted Western artist, T. D. Kelsey.

Billow, a cor-ten steel construction at the front entrance of the art museum, is by celebrated Kentucky sculptor Jack Youngerman, and depicts the flow of the Ohio River. The sculpture was featured in the artist's one-man show at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art is located at the corner of 9th and Frederica streets in Owensboro, Ky., and is open Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and weekends, 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free but donations are encouraged. For more information, visit the museum's website, www.omfa.us or phone (270) 685-3181.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Owensboro Museum of Fine Art

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

button coupons
button classifieds

In Other News...

Humphries Cemetery Patriot Graves to Be Cleaned and Restored in January

CADIZ, Ky. (12/28/14) — Nestled beside a pasture at the end of Humphries Road in rural Trigg County, the Humphries… Read More

New Free Community Class to Help 'Plan to be Tobacco Free'

CALLOWAY COUNTY, Ky. (12/26/14) — “Plan to Be Tobacco Free,” a free educational program, will be held at 11 a.m.… Read More

Most Read This Week

December 24, 2014 12693

Christmas Eve Bloody Brawl Erupts on Dulin Street

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Doreen Dennis
December 25, 2014 8726

Gift Returns Done Right

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
December 25, 2014 6239

Arrests Made After Dulin Avenue Christmas Eve…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Officer C.P. Haynie
December 25, 2014 4360

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - December 25, 2014

in Video by Crime Stoppers
December 23, 2014 4145

Couple's Alleged Dispute over Blanket Leads to…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
December 22, 2014 3952

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Dec. 22, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
December 23, 2014 3608

Alleged Theft at Walmart Sends Two to Jail

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
December 23, 2014 3225

Disturbance Results in Vehicle, Foot Pursuit,…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Officer Tyler Russell
December 23, 2014 3013

Hopkins County Grand Jury Indictments

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Karen McKnight
December 26, 2014 2955

5-Year-Old Boy Kills Buck/Doe

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Randy Adams

Stories Trending Today

December 27, 2014 1942

John Prine to be Recognized at Grammy Awards

in Top News For All Sites by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
December 27, 2014 1417

2014 Concludes with Record Investments for…

in Top News For All Sites by Angela Blank
December 26, 2014 1079

Simple Ways to Maintain Your Mental Acuity

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
December 27, 2014 959

Four Time Management Tips for the New Year by…

in General News For All Sites by David Taylor
December 27, 2014 891

How to Live as a One Income Family

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
December 27, 2014 828

The Dangers of Belly Fat

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
December 27, 2014 818

Women's Heart Attack Symptoms Can Differ from…

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
December 27, 2014 807

What to Look for in An Investment Property

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
December 27, 2014 771

Hooked on Science - 'Water Bottle Egg'

in General News For All Sites by Jason Lindsey
December 27, 2014 756

Keeping the Faith - 'The Puzzles of the Past'

in General News For All Sites by Ronnie McBrayer

SurfKY News Group, Inc.
Corporate Office & Studio
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431
270.452.2727 (phone)
  •  270.452.2249 (fax)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social fbsocial twsocial yt
social gpsocial flrsocial rss