Downing Museum at WKU

4801 Morgantown Road
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101


The Downing Museum is now open to the public! Officially opened in 2009 by appointment only as a part of The Baker Arboretum, the Downing Museum displays a vast collection of fine art by the late Joe Downing. The collection includes examples of his abstraction and experimentation with different media formats including leather, linen, canvas, old wood, metal, staples, and found objects.

Joe Downing was a world-renowned artist, WKU alumnus and brother of the late WKU President Dero Downing. A Horse Cave, Ky. native, Downing spent most of his life creating artwork in France with studios in Menerbes and Paris. Jerry Baker and Joe Downing were long-time personal friends who collaborated on the design of the Downing Museum.

Visitors to the museum are welcomed to gaze at the art while sitting on furniture by local artist Mark Whitley and then venture outside to enjoy the surrounding top two levels of the Arboretum.