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About Us

Promoting the Visual Arts

Our mission is to promote the visual arts all year round through various art exhibitions, events, workshops, and immersive art experiences. We are committed to making art easily accessible to the community so that everyone can appreciate and enjoy it. All of our exhibitions and artist receptions are free and open to the public to view and attend.

Our vision at OVAL is to enhance and enrich the arts and culture in our community through a diverse range of arts experiences.

Our Story

Ohio Valley Art League (OVAL) is a non-profit organization that promotes and educates both children and adults in visual arts. Founded in 1991 by Jule McClellan, OVAL has been instrumental in various initiatives, including the establishment of the first gallery in Henderson, KY, the Kentucky National Wildlife Art Exhibit, the Recycled Art Exhibit, and a Native American educational program for local elementary students.

One of OVAL's significant projects was placing the first public sculpture by Kentucky-born sculptor Don Gummer at the entrance of the Henderson Fine Art Center, now known as Preston Arts Center. OVAL has consistently showcased Tri-State artists' works, contributing to the community's vibrant cultural landscape for the past 33 years.

OVAL is committed to education, as seen in programs like the clay mural creation at Central Elementary School and our partnership with internationally recognized ceramic artist Don Reitz for a mural at Henderson's J. F. Kennedy Center.

OVAL initiated the Kentucky National Wildlife Art Exhibit in 1994, which is now considered a top wildlife exhibition in the nation. Additionally, the organization installed the first public sculpture in Henderson, "The Optimist" by Don Gummer, at the Henderson Fine Arts Center, a major milestone for the organization.

In our efforts to serve the community, we have formed partnerships with local organizations, focusing on environmental issues, recycling, wildlife preservation, and support for those who have not had access to the arts. OVAL has been involved in numerous projects, such as the mural at The Perch pocket park and the new, modern art gallery, Gallery 101, in collaboration with the Henderson Tourist Commission.

As a non-profit, OVAL relies on membership dues and contributions to continue these valuable programs. We invite you to support this cultural asset to our community and state through membership.

Founder of OVAL

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