Owensboro-Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau Partners with Owensboro Art Museum to Promote Owensboro Tour of 21 Public Works of Art as “One of the Best in the Midwest” .
“This campaign gives us the opportunity to reintroduce Owensboro’s thriving public art scene to both our community and to out-of-town visitors,” said Mark Calitri, CVB President, of the mission. . “Most people don’t know that these specific sculptures were created by some of the best three-dimensional artists in the country.”
Mary Bryan Hood, director of the museum, said: “This is a joint venture with CVB to spread the word further and raise awareness. We want to create a walking tour app that will help people find art and learn more about the artist and his work. We have a few sources of sponsors that we are going to target.
Eleven of the sculptures were bought or rented during the museum’s “RIVERARTES: L’art du lieumaking” event, which has been held every two years since 2012.
Riverartes V is scheduled for next fall.
“The intention was to engage the community with visual art by bringing it outside the walls of the museum,” Hood said. “We got a good response. Some artists are more and more famous.
The idea for public art in Owensboro dates back to the summer of 1989, when then-mayor David Adkisson said he wanted to see a sculpture by a nationally recognized artist on display at a site outside of Owensboro over the next 18 months.
And he wanted to see another one the following year. And another the following year – until 10 major works by sculptors were exhibited outdoors throughout the city.
“This is the sign of a progressive community,” Adkisson said. “It’s like putting ornaments on a Christmas tree.”
But it took longer than Adkisson expected.
It was in 2006 when the art museum held its first Riverbend Sculpture Biennial and local businesses started purchasing artwork to display across town.
Terry Woodward installed the first public art piece on Second Street – “Love Song”, a large piece of stone and bronze, which features an American Indian playing the flute, near Second Street and Clay Street.
For those who wish to take the self-guided tour, the museum has a tour brochure that includes photos, maps, and information on each of the outdoor works.
“One of the coolest things about Riverartes is that the city’s municipal art collection showcases some of the best artists in the business,” CVB said. “These monumental works of outdoor art in bronze, stone, aluminum, steel and glass were produced by artists of national and international renown.
Since the creation of Riverartes, the program has acquired 11 works of public art.
The 11 works exhibited at Owensboro include “Escape” by Meg White, “Oberon” by Don Lawler, “Ruffian” by Amy Havens, “White Deer of Autumn” by Denny Haskew, “Vertigo” by Mark Chew, “Hometown” George Lundeen, “Harvest Dreams” by Lundeen, “Strength of the Maker” by Haskew, “Celebration” by Gary Alsum, “Charms” by Dee Dee Morrison and “Lincoln” by Mark Lundeen.
The works can be found from the riverside at 12th Street West and from East Parrish Avenue to Frederica Street.
Brochures are available at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, 901 Frederica St., or CVB, 215 E. Second St.