Following a $ 50,000 donation from the Michael E. Horn Family Foundation, the Owensboro Art Gallery surpassed its $ 700,000 fundraising mark. Designated as A campaign for the future, the campaign started in 2020 to ensure that the museum will continue to thrive in the future.
The Executive Director of the Horn Foundation, Kathryn Crowe, was delighted to present the campaign’s request to the foundation’s board of directors.
“I asked myself and the board where we could be without the museum and we answered that question by supporting the campaign,” she said. “We appreciate the work done by OMFA and we know this is a major asset for Owensboro.”
The Horn Foundation has provided financial support to OMFA for over a decade. This one-time donation exceeds their annual contribution to Artland, the Museum’s free children’s art studio that offers several activities throughout the year.
The museum aspires to raise $ 2 million, a third of which will restore its endowment fund for its day-to-day operations.
OMFA was established in 1977 as a small community art museum and, through the patronage of local, regional, and national supporters, has grown to become the second largest art museum in Kentucky. Notable expansions include the addition of a permanent collection wing and the acquisition of the John Hampden Smith House and the former Carnegie Library, both listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.
The campaign team is led by the chair of the museum board, Dr James F. Naas, with support from the campaign cabinet, including former city commissioner Pam Smith-Wright; US Bank Executive Vice President Kathryn Raymer; OMFA Presidents Emeritus, Dr R. Wathen Medley, Jr. and B. Dean Stanley; Ameriprise financial advisor Drew Watson; Jeff Danhauer, Danhauer Drugs; and former Owensboroans, Gail Reisz Branch and H. Dean Jones II.
Entrance to the museum is free. Hours of operation are Tuesday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.
OMFA also recently launched a new website thanks to a donation from Dr. R. Wathen Medley, Jr. which significantly increases their online presence. The site, omfa.us, features current and future exhibitions, educational opportunities, community programs, a permanent collection, a publications program, virtual gallery tours, and off-site community services.