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Speed Art Museum to reopen to public on July 5; free admission to all frontline healthcare workers

The Speed Art Museum has announced that it will reopen to visitors following a nearly four-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On July 5, the Speed will open to the general public starting at 10 a.m. This reopening is consistent with Gov. Andy Beshear’s guidelines for museums, and is compliant with the state’s Healthy at Work requirements as well as guidelines put forth by the CDC, designed...

Speed Art Museum receives NEA Our Town grant for outreach initiatives in Russell neighborhood

The Speed Art Museum has announced its selection as one of only 51 recipients nationwide to receive funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grants program. The Our Town grant emphasizes integrating arts and culture to strengthen communities. The award, in the amount of $50,000, will allow the Speed to fully realize its outreach goals in Louisville’s Russell neighborhood during...

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, of Bowling Green, tests positive for COVID-19, third Congressman with positive test

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, announced on Sunday that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). He is the first U.S. senator and third member of Congress known to have contracted the virus. Sen. Paul’s office released the following statement regarding his test result: Sen. Paul “Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling...

KY artists have unique opportunity through ‘The Art of Goodwill’ — so what can you make of that?

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky is seeking eligible artists for an artist residency program that will culminate with a November 14 art exhibit and fundraising event at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville. The Art of Goodwill Residency Program will provide selected Kentucky artists the opportunity to transform items donated to Goodwill into works of art. Goodwill is searching for artists with a broad...

Speed Art Museum announces promotion of Kim Spence, creation of senior leadership position

The Speed Art Museum has added a key position to its senior leadership team and announced today that Kim Spence has been promoted to Director of Collections and Exhibitions and Curator of Works on Paper for the Museum. Spence will begin her new role at the Speed effective immediately. “Kim has been a much-valued curator at the Speed for almost 30 years and has earned both vast institutional knowledge...

Louisville’s Speed Art Museum to open Tales of the Turf exhibit celebrating Kentucky’s horses Nov. 15

The Speed Art Museum will open the first exhibition to examine Kentucky’s relationship to the horse through art Nov. 15. Tales from the Turf: The Kentucky Horse, 1825 – 1950 will feature paintings, sculpture, photographs, drawings, prints, and manuscripts to tell the story of the horse in the Bluegrass State. The exhibition will reflect all the ways that images of the horse have represented the...