Aaron Kizer is opening his first of what he hopes to be multiple art galleries for local artists in the Visit Owensboro office on 2nd Street.
Kizer was brought on to renovate the Visit Owensboro’s office in February, starting with the new color on the face of the building along with new window decals.
Inside, Kizer said one of the things he wanted to bring to the location, and the city, is a completely local-centric art gallery.
“I could be ignorant to it, but I don’t see a lot of places in town for local artists to be able to exhibit their work,” Kizer said.
So he wants to provide an opportunity to artists of all ages to find a way to showcase their work on a grander stage.
The gallery will feature only local artists, excluding himself once it’s fully up and running. With the gallery just starting the application process, Kizer has his painting of Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky on display.
He plans for it to be a rotating gallery, switching out art quarterly to give more people a chance at being recognized by the community.
“The ability to have recognition fuels the drive to continue to make art,” Kizer said. “That’s something that a lot of people suffer in the creative field.”
He said that when he was growing up in Owensboro there wasn’t as much of an avenue to find recognition, so he wants to help make it easier for those that are looking for it.
Kizer plans to open a second location in the city, but a location has not been disclosed yet. After that, he hopes to take the galleries to different cities — with the ultimate goal being Chicago.
“I plan for this to be in at least 20 other cities and some major cities,” he said. “One place I want to step into is Chicago — I do a lot of work there and know that city well.”
The gallery will begin taking applications on his website with a submission form opening this week. Kizer hopes to have the gallery full by late May.