OMFA exhibit showcases artists from various cultural backgrounds; local works included

Owensboro Museum of Fine Art

The “Cultural Perspectives” at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art features works by more than two dozen artists, including a few locals. OMFA said the exhibition showcases parallels in the achievements of contemporary artists from diverse cultural backgrounds.

The works are on loan from artists’ studios, college and university collections, private and public collections in Owensboro, and the Permanent Collection of OMFA.

Highlights include exhibits by some of Kentucky’s leading artists such as the renowned Ed Hamilton, an African -American sculptor from Louisville, who has been commissioned to produce major works of public art around the country. This museum presented a one-person exhibition of his work in the late 1970s at the beginning of his career.

Also showcased are internationally recognized Native-American painter Kevin Red Star, who has previously been featured at the OMFA in group and solo exhibitions, as well as works from Cuban, Japanese, Russian, and Asian artists presenting a variety of works featuring highlights from their cultures.

Owensboroans featured include K. O. Lewis, Aaron Kizer, and Rex Robinson.

Executive director Mary Bryan Hood said the exhibition epitomizes the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art’s Mission Statement which is “to connect people with their culture and the culture of others through the collection, preservation, interpretation, and exhibition of the visual arts. Through exhibitions and educational programs for all ages and backgrounds, the museum provides lifelong learning experiences that expand awareness and creativity.”

Since the museum opened in 1977, it has presented at least one culturally specific exhibition each season.

“‘Cultural Perspectives’ continues this tradition designed to celebrate differences through the work of multiple artists with diverse cultural backgrounds,” Hood said.

The exhibition will continue through July 28 and is open to the public during regular museum hours of 12-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the museum is free but donations are encouraged.



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