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About Us

Promoting the Visual Arts

Discover the Ohio Valley Art League (OVAL), a beacon of artistic expression and community engagement nestled in the heart of Henderson, Kentucky. Founded in 1991 by Jule McClellan, OVAL has been dedicated to championing the visual arts and nurturing creative endeavors for over three decades.

Our mission is simple yet profound: to promote the visual arts through a diverse array of year-round exhibitions, events, workshops, and immersive art experiences. We believe that art should be accessible to all, and we strive to make this belief a reality by offering free exhibitions and artist receptions that are open to the public.

At the core of our operations stands Gallery 101, our primary gallery space launched in November 2022 at The Depot Welcome Center in downtown Henderson. Recently renovated to meet gallery standards, Gallery 101 is a dynamic hub for artistic expression where local and regional talent converge to showcase their works. It's a place where creativity knows no bounds and the community can come together to celebrate the power of art.

But our commitment to the arts extends beyond Gallery 101. We're proud to showcase year-round exhibitions at the Dick and Sheila Beaven Gallery, located at the Henderson County Public Library. This newly established gallery space, inaugurated in 2021, provides another platform for artists to share their visions with the community.

Moreover, OVAL plays a pivotal role in curating exhibitions at the Preston Arts Center each fall, including our prestigious biennial Kentucky National Wildlife Art Exhibition and the innovative Art of Recycling Exhibit. These initiatives showcase local and national artists' talents and foster a deeper appreciation for nature and sustainability.

As a non-profit organization, OVAL relies on the generous support of our members and contributors to sustain these invaluable programs. We invite you to join us in our mission to enrich the cultural landscape of our community and state through membership and participation.

Come immerse yourself in the world of art with OVAL and experience the transformative power of creativity firsthand. Let's make art accessible, inclusive, and inspiring for all.

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