Rebecca and Jay Rayburn Fine Art Collection
Forty-six pieces of fine art painted by artists who were born, lived, or educated in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The collection is the accomplishment of more than four decades of acquisitions by Robert and Jane Humphreys formerly of Owensboro, Kentucky. Their daughter Rebecca and her husband Jay Rayburn inherited the collection. The Rayburn’s generously agreed to loan portions of the art on a rotating schedule to the Governor’s Mansion.
Jane G. and Robert E. Humphreys, Jr. were active patrons of the arts and instrumental in the development of the visual arts culture in Owensboro. The Humphreys traveled throughout the United States and Europe to acquire their renowned painting collection which offers an overview of Kentucky’s art preferences during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Their collecting interests focused on landscapes and figural studies are representative of the dominant styles in American art from the 1870s through the 1930s.
Helen Maria Turner