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facing the freshmen year

Facing the Freshmen Year: Essential Conversations
Grand Gallery

August 2019 - May 2021

This exhibit tells the stories of freshmen year from participants in a student success intiative, WKU Freshmen Guided Pathway (FGP). This cohort of first-time, full-time students who graduated from one of five high schools in Warren County represent the typical WKU freshman in terms of academic achievement prior to admission and their demographic makeup.

FGP assists students as they negotiate the often difficult affective and academic shifts between high school and college. Learn more about the program in this exhibit, presented by the Kelly M. Burch Institute for Transformative Practices in Higher Education, Office of Strategic Communications and Marketing, the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, the WKU Center for Literacy, and the Kentucky Museum.

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Heart of Steel by artist David Chambers

Basketry Now: 10th Anniversary Exhibition
Gallery A


July 17 - December 1, 2019

This exhibit will be held in conjunction with the NBO 2019 Biennial Conference. The NBO biennial exhibitions have become an important record of artistic work within traditional and contemporary basketry. They are unique in their focus on basketry and in their inclusion of the full range of work being executed by well-known and emerging artists.

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Adopt Us

Adopted Artifacts
Kentucky Room

September - November 2019

In honor of our SpiritFunder campaign, view objects available in our Adopt-an-Artifact program. This selection includes artifacts from business, dolls, music, science and technology, sports memorabilia, political memorabilia, and toys and games. 


ZSEIFS Retrospective

 ZSEIFS Retrospective


September 2019 - May 2020

In honor of International Year Of...Revisited 2019-20, the Kentucky Museum will host a retrospective exhibit about the impact of the Zuheir Sofia Endowed International Faculty Seminar (ZSEIFS) at WKU. Looking at the past 5 years of the program, this exhibit will explore the experiences of faculty in Ecuador, South Africa, South Korea, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Cuba and how their experiences have shaped teaching, research, and service at WKU.

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Out of the Box
Community Gallery

August 23, 2019 - June 30, 2020

In 2019, the Kentucky Building celebrates 80 years of showcasing South Central Kentucky’s unique culture and heritage. In honor of this milestone, the Kentucky Museum presents Out of the Box, an exhibition focused on fostering multidisciplinary discussions about our collective heritage while shining new light on the relevance of our museum in the 21st century. 

Using local historical artifacts, photos, and records, we invite you to discover how every object tells multiple stories. Themes and stories are curated in partnership with 12 faculty from 9 WKU departments

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Gabrielle Robertson

Flashback: 1939

August 2019 - May 2020

Discover how the Kentucky Museum was created! Featuring a timeline and archival photos, this display between our Community and Student Research galleries explores how our home, the Kentucky Building, came to life.



POW Exhibit prints

Process Oriented Works
Kentucky Room


Special thanks to the WKU Art Department for its partnership in acquiring many of the pieces currectly on exhibit.

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Jacqui Lubbers

Jacqui Lubbers: A Legacy in Weaving
Richardson Quilt Gallery


February 1, 2019 - May 15, 2020

Lubbers is a part-time weaving and art appreciation instructor in the WKU Art Department. "Even though the form and content of my work has changed, the compelling force behind my art hasn't," Lubbers said. "Turning a flat piece of woven cloth into a dimensional work of art or more basically, the process of weaving in general, is the most creative aspect of my life. Both processes and product come from my passion to weave and desire to make my art."

Weaving Exhibit 2019 coverlet

Even Coverlets Get the Blues
Richardson Quilt Gallery


February 1, 2019 - May 15, 2020

Kentuckians have practiced the art of handweaving for more than 200 years.

Techniques represented in Even Coverlets Get the Blues range from overshot, double weave, and tied-beiderwand to latch hook rug making and weaving on a hand loom. 

Stop in and see the coverlets chosen for this exhibit by Sandy Staebell, Kentucky Museum Registrar/Collections Curator.

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Front Lawn

WKU’s Cultural Enhancement Series and Kentucky Museum host award winning artist Patrick Dougherty in October 2018 on WKU’s campus in Bowling Green, Ky. Highbrow was completed on October 19th. (Photo by Cheryl Kirby Stokes)

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Museum Courtyard exhibit

 HAD  Artist Collective Murals

Anel Lepić and Muhamed “Hamo” Bešlagic, two HAD Collective artists from Bosnia, carved murals in the Kentucky Museum courtyard. Letić and Bešlagić specialize in the wall cut technique to create their murals. The murals were unveiled Friday, March 2.

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Duncan Hines exhibit

Recommended by Duncan Hines

Featuring the life and work of the Bowling Green native, this collection of artifacts includes an outstanding collection from the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors’ Bureau. Visitors will learn about Hines’ career as a writer on travel, dining and entertaining, as well as his transition to a "name brand" icon and pioneer in the world of packaged food.

Photo Gallery

Felts Log House

Felts Log House

This 1815 log house is a classic example of traditional Kentucky architecture. The double-pen, two story structure with its dog-trot floor plan and poplar, oak, and walnut construction are typical of the folk architecture of the region. The structure interprets life in rural south central Kentucky in the eighteen-teens.

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Civil War Exhibit

 A Star In Each Flag:
Conflict in Kentucky

The Civil War, 1861-1865, split the nation apart along the lines of slavery. Kentucky, a southern state with strong ties to north and south, was caught in the middle. This wonderful interactive exhibit explores the Civil War in Kentucky.

Photo Gallery

Snell-Franklin decorative arts gallery

Snell-Franklin Decorative Arts Gallery

Objects in this exhibition are all related to Kentucky in some way. Furniture is displayed in relation to time and style with silver, glass, ceramics, paintings and anthropological items, which were used to decorate homes at different periods in history.

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 L. Y. Lancaster Gun Collection

 Thirteen guns in two cases tell the story of how a hobby can make a person an authority. Dr. L. Y. Lancaster (1893-1980), best known as a professor of biological sciences and a mentor of pre-med students at Western Kentucky University for 37 years, collected and restored 19th flintlock and percussion lock long rifles. The earliest dated gun in the case is a flintlock from the late 1820s. For many Kentuckians, this case provides their first look at a double barrel shotgun.


Taking the Mystery Out of Prehistory

Long before the first written history in Kentucky, people lived and hunted there. This small exhibit identifies tools, cooking utensils, and ornaments made and used by prehistoric Kentuckians. Ordinary and unusual objects of stone, bone, pottery, and fiber are included and a special display of projectile points identifies spear and arrow tips that span 10,000 years of Kentucky prehistory.



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