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Catalog: RSB 2005 | News Releases | Pre-exhibition page
Catalog: Masters of Public Art
Owensboro, located in Western Kentucky along the banks of the Ohio River, is characterized by small-town ambience supported by a strong foundation of educational, economic and cultural opportunities typically associated with much larger metropolitan areas. A progressive arts community includes three museums, performing arts center, symphony orchestra and theatres of drama and dance. Ranked as the third largest city in Kentucky, the local economy includes a mixture of agrarian, manufacturing and service industries. Owensboro has a progressive industrial development/tourism attitude among its business, government and civic leadership.
   
RSB 2005 Exhibition | News Releases
07/14/08 - News Release: Installation of LITTLE MO by Peter Reginato

Mary Bryan Hood
Director, Owensboro Museum of Fine Art
Chair, Owensboro Public Art Commission
270-685-3181

The sixth monumental outdoor sculpture purchased from the Owensboro Public Art Commission’s 2005 Riverbend Sculpture Biennial will be installed in the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art’s Contemporary Art Park at 9th and Frederica Streets Wednesday, July 16.

LITTLE MO, the painted steel construction by major American sculptor Peter Reginato, New York City, was purchased for the art museum through a gift of the Alton and Margaret Puckett Private Foundation and will be permanently displayed in the park in memory of the late City Commissioner who served municipal government from 1969 – 1977.

Reginato will be in Owensboro to supervise the installation. Immediately following, the sculpture will be tarped and remain covered until the public unveiling at the art museum’s Summer Gala, July 26 at 6:30 p.m. Additionally, the gala will also feature the official unveiling of INTO THE WIND, the first buffalo sculpture in the Owensboro Public Art Commission’s Bronze Buffalo Trace project.

Reginato’s signature polychromed metal assemblages are featured in numerous sculpture gardens across the nation and in public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Texas; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina; Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida;Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and Corcoran Gallery of Art, both Washington, D. C.; Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island; Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts; and Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

A native of Dallas, Texas, Reginato grew up in Oakland, California. He studied at San Francisco Art Institute, California, 1963-1966, and later taught sculpture at Hunter College, New York, 1971-1973. The artist has an extensive exhibition record in group and on-person exhibitions in major museums and galleries nationwide.

Reginato’s sculptures from the mid-1960s were painted wood or fiberglass structures. After learning welding skills on his own in 1970, the artist began working with welded steel as an artistic medium. Painted, geometric and organic shapes, along with fluid lines of steel, combine in Reginato’s balanced, yet animated, compositions.

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07/28/07 - News Release: Unveiling of FALLING MAN by Ernest Tino Trova

The Owensboro Public Art Commission and Texas Gas Transmission LLC celebrated the installation of the fifth sculpture in Owensboro's outdoor sculpture project Saturday, July 28, 2007, in The Courtyard at Texas Gas Transmission LLC, 3800 Frederica Street:

FALLING MAN / DIAGONAL CUT FIGURE
Stainless Steel
ERNEST TINO TROVA
b. 1927 American

Ernest Trova, a self-trained St. Louis native, became one of the most significant artists of the late twentieth century. Best known for his signature image, Falling Man, Trova considered his entire output a single "work in progress."

A collector of classic American comic character toys, Trova admired their Surrealism and used them in some of his pieces. He began as a painter and progressed through three-dimensional constructions to his mature medium - sculpture. Trova's gift of forty of his works led to the opening of the Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis.

With his Falling Man, Ernest Trova created one of the defining artistic images of his time.

Examples of the artist's work can be found in numerous major galleries including the National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Mobile Museum of Art, Phoenix Art Museum, and Yale University Art Gallery.

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04/23/07 - News Release: Unveiling of THE BATHERS by the late Isaac Witkin

Along with the Owensboro Medical Health System and The University of Louisville's James Graham Brown Cancer Center, The Owensboro Public Art Commission will unveil the fourth acquisition in Owensboro's outdoor sculpture project Monday, April 30, 2007, with the installation of a sculpture at the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center, 1020 Breckenridge Street:

THE BATHERS
Cast Bronze
ISAAC WITKIN
May 10, 1936 - April 23, 2006

The late Isaac Witkin, an internationally renowned modern sculptor, became nearly an instant success after completing studies at London's St. Martin School of Art in the early '60s. His work was first described as having a Pop Art-like look, becoming a style of modern sculpture that revitalized the art world during the latter part of the 20th century. Often called an innovator in abstract metal sculpture, Mr. Witkin's work can be found in famous collections in the United States and throughout the world.

The Bathers, fashioned in cast bronze, was commissioned by Owensboro Medical Health System shortly before Mr. Witkin's sudden death on April 23, 2006. His daughter, Nadine Witkin, will be present for the unveiling of his last commissioned piece.

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11/16/06 - News Release: Installation of ACCLIVIS by Housi Knecht

For Release: November 16, 2006
Contact: Mary Bryan Hood, Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, 270-685-3181; Malcolm Bryant, Malcolm Bryant Corporation, 270-926-1103

The Owensboro Public Art Commission will unveil the third acquisition in its community outdoor sculpture project Tuesday, November 21, 2006, with the installation of a large stainless steel sculpture at The Springs Health Center, 2200 East Parrish Avenue.

The sculpture ACCLIVIS by Housi Knecht, Berne, Switzerland, is the third of six scheduled for installation at Owensboro sites and was purchased by developer Malcolm Bryant and his wife Sally. The sculptor will be in Owensboro to coordinate the installation and will be present at the unveiling. The unveiling is planned in conjunction with the opening of the Springs Conference Center located within the Health Center.

Housi Knecht’s monumental sculptures are featured in museums, private and corporate collections internationally. Installation sites include the collections of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Furman University, Duke University, Naples Center for Contemporary Art, and General Electric. Major international collections include the International Science Center, Bubendorf, Switzerland and the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai.

An official unveiling of the Knecht sculpture will be held at 4:00 p.m. at the installation site, hosted by the Bryants where Mayor Tom Watson and officials of the public art commission will speak about the project. The artist will be the featured speaker at the event.

The Owensboro Public Art Commission’s other sculpture installations scheduled in early 2007 will be at the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center, Texas Gas Transmission LLC and Owensboro Museum of Fine Art.

The sculptures were selected from the Owensboro Public Art Commission’s national exhibition for outdoor sculpture the 2005 RIVERBEND BIENNIAL presented at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art which received more than 1000 proposals from professional artists across the country. The Public Art Commission’s plans call for a 2007 biennial from which prospective sponsors may select additional works of outdoor art for Owensboro’s project.

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09/15/06 - News Release: Installation of LOVE SONG by Denny Haskew

For Release: September 15, 2006
Contact: Mary Bryan Hood, Chairman
Owensboro Public Art Commission
270-685-3181

The Owensboro Public Art Commission will unveil the second acquisition in its community outdoor sculpture project Monday, September 18, 2006, with the installation of a large stone and bronze obelisk at the corner of Second and Clay streets.

LOVE SONG, a large stone and bronze construction by Native American sculptor Denny Haskew, Loveland, CO, is the second of six sculptures scheduled for installation at Owensboro sites and was purchased by local businessman Terry Woodward and his wife Jennifer. The sculptor will be in Owensboro to coordinate the installation and will be present at the unveiling (at the Wax Works site).

Denny Haskew’s monumental stone sculptures are featured in museums, private and corporate collections across the country. Installation sites include the cities of Aurora and Loveland, CO, and Cerritos, CA; Eastern Illinois University; Potawatomi Museum,Oklahoma; Wolf Creek Indian Village and Museum, VA; IBM Corporation; W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Danny Thomas Collection, Nashville, TN.

A public reception and official unveiling of the Haskew sculpture will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the installation site, hosted by Woodward and his wife Jennifer, where Mayor Tom Watson and officials of the art commission will speak about the project. The artist will be the featured speaker at the event.

The Owensboro Public Art Commission’s other sculpture installations scheduled later in 2006 and early 2007 will be at the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center, Texas Gas Transmission LLC, Owensboro Museum of Fine Art and The Springs Health Center.

The sculptures were selected from the Owensboro Public Art Commission’s 2005 national exhibition for outdoor sculpture presented at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, which received more than 2000 proposals from professional artists across the country. The Public Art Commission’s plans call for a 2007 biennial from which prospective sponsors may select additional works of outdoor art for Owensboro’s project.

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11/16/05 - News Release: Installation of INCHWORM II by David Hayes

For Release: Immediate
Contact: 270-685-3181

The Owensboro Public Art Commission launched its community outdoor sculpture project earlier this week with the installation of a large painted steel work of art at the offices of Moore, Malone and Safreed, Attorneys-at-law at 104 East 4th Street.

INCHWORM II, an 8’x 10’ construction by internationally recognized sculptor David Hayes of Coventry, CT, is the first of seven sculptures scheduled for installation at Owensboro sites within the next 12 months. John Hayes, the sculptor’s son was in Owensboro to coordinate the installation and unveiling.

David Hayes’ monumental steel sculptures are featured in major museums, private and corporate collections worldwide. Installation sites included are the Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Nelson Rockefeller Collection, Harry Guggenheim Collection, and Nassau County Museum, all NY; Addison Gallery of American Art, MA; Detroit Art Institute, MI; Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA; Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL; National Museum of American Art, DC; The Hague and De Porceleyne Fles, Delft, Holland and the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France.

Hayes completed undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University respectively. He was honored with post doctoral fellowships from the Fulbright and Guggenheim Foundations.

A reception and official unveiling of the Hayes sculpture was held at the offices of Moore, Malone and Safreed where Mayor Tom Watson and officials of the art commission spoke about the project and viewed the sculpture commissioned by the law firm. Featured on the program was John Hayes, director of David Hayes Sculpture, Inc., who is also an art dealer and independent curator of public art exhibitions.

The Owensboro Public Art Commission’s other sculpture installations for 2006 are scheduled at Owensboro Medical Health System, Texas Gas Transmission LLC, Owensboro Museum of Fine Art and Wax Works, Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline and The Springs Health Center.

The sculptures were selected from the Owensboro Public Art Commission’s recent national exhibition for outdoor sculpture at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art which received more than 2000 proposals from professional artists across the country. The Public Art Commission’s long range plans call for continuation of the biennial exhibitions from which prospective sponsors may select works of outdoor art for Owensboro’s project.

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10/18/05 - Exhibition Catalogs available online
Catalog: RIVERBEND SCULPTURE BIENNIEL 2005 | Catalog: MASTERS OF PUBLIC ART
09/15/05 - Media Release: Announcing four commissions

For Release: Immediate
Contact: 270-685-3181

Four commissions totaling $325,000 have been announced for a public art project sponsored by the Owensboro Public Art Commission, Owensboro, KY. Selection of three additional commissions totaling approximately $100,000 is pending final discussions with artists. Artists receiving commissions were...

Denny Haskew, Loveland, CO,
Peter Reginato, New York, NY,
Ernest Trova, St. Louis, MO, and
Isaac Witkin, Pemberton, NJ.

The commissions were selected by sponsoring businesses and organizations from the RIVERBEND SCULPTURE BIENNIAL a national competition and from MASTERS OF PUBLIC ART, an invitational exhibition presented concurrently with the biennial, both at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art through November 6.

The biennial competition was juried from 1008 proposals to 69 by Bernice Steinbaum, of the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FL. The invitational was designed to present an insight into contemporary public art through the work of 12 acclaimed 20th century sculptors.

Sponsors of the public art project spent several days with exhibition consultant, Martin H. Bush, New York, NY, a nationally prominent authority on public art, reviewing the exhibitions and choosing the sculptures which they will own and maintain on their properties. Bush was retained by the Owensboro Public Art Commission to act as consultant to the sponsors, advising on aspects of owning a public art collection including maintenance, lighting, security, weather related issues and proper installation.

Bush spoke at the opening of the exhibitions Sunday, September 11, after the winners of the commissions were announced. Announcements of three additional commissions are expected within the next two weeks.

The exhibitions will remain on display at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art through November 6 and may be viewed Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Access facilities for persons with disabilities are provided by the museum through the 9th Street entrance. Voluntary donations of $2.00 per adult and $1 .OO for children younger than 13 years are accepted. FREE guided school tours of the exhibitions are being offered by the Owensboro Public Art Commission through November 6. The art museum is located at 9th and Frederica Streets, Owensboro, Kentucky.

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RIVERBEND SCULPTURE BIENNIAL SPONSORS

Owensboro Medical Health System l Owensboro Museum of Fine Art
City of Owensboro l Progress Printing Company
Marilyn and William Young Charitable Foundation
Owensboro Daviess County Tourist Commission
Generous Friends of the Arts

Prospectus printed by Greenwell-Chisholm Printing Company

PLEASE DIRECT ALL INQUIRIES TO:

Owensboro Public Art Commission
c/o Owensboro Museum of Fine Art
901 Frederica Street
l Owensboro, Kentucky 42301
270-685-3181
l mail@omfa.museum

Photo of Owensboro Riverfront by Charles Mahlinger
Design by Jason Hayden
Web site layout by Gary Adams

  

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