OMFA requesting proposals for ‘Riverartes’ series, a public art initiative

January 22, 2022 | 12:06 am

Updated January 21, 2022 | 6:47 pm

Lincoln Statue

The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art has begun requesting proposals for their fifth exhibition of public art proposals called Riverartes V: The Art Of Placemaking. The exhibit is scheduled for July 30-Oct. 23 and is a showcase of proposals of art by sculptors of national and regional prominence.

The exhibition is a continuation of the Riverartes project, which resulted in the placement of 11 pieces of outdoor sculpture in the downtown area.

The project follows the national model for leased monumental outdoor sculpture installation in cities across the country. These sculpture projects are traditionally supported by a wide variety of sponsors, including granting agencies and foundations, along with the public, private and corporate sectors.

Approximately 100 proposals will be selected from entries in Riverartes V. During the exhibition at the museum, the works will be showcased by scale models, photographs or other illustrations.

Artists selected for installation of works will receive a stipend of $2,500 for each year of a two-year lease. The artists will be responsible for transport to and from the installation site and for oversight of the installation process.  

The City will provide sites and insure the works for the duration of the two-year lease. All sculpture will be offered for sale and may be purchased for the City of Owensboro’s Public Art Collection at the end of the two-year lease period.  

Artists may enter the competition by visiting the museum’s website at or calling the museum at 270-685-3181.

The selection criteria for sculptures leased or purchased will include the artist’s credentials; quality of craftsmanship; attention to architectural, historical, geographic and cultural context; structural and surface soundness; maintainability and appropriateness for placement in a public setting.

The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art is located at the intersection of 9th and Frederica streets. Museum hours are 12-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Admission is free but donations are encouraged. For more information, visit the museum’s website or call 270-685-3181.

January 22, 2022 | 12:06 am

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