Collector Groups

Collector Groups have the opportunity to travel with curators, select artwork, and vote on acquisitions for the Museum. Read on to learn more about the benefits of the Charter Collector, Cinephile, Decorative Arts, and Speed Contemporary groups.

Charter Collectors

Charter Collectors are instrumental in acquiring major European and American paintings, sculptures, and works-on-paper for The Speed Art Museum’s collection. Members enjoy and learn about art while helping create a lasting artistic and educational legacy for the entire community.

Since its founding in 1966, Charter Collectors has become a national model for encouraging community participation in building a museum collection. We invite you to join us and support the group’s vital role in advancing the Speed’s mission of “bringing great art and people together.”

Charter Collectors’ acquisitions span the centuries from antiquity to 1945. Members participate actively in the process by joining Museum Curators in visiting art galleries in America and abroad and by voting on acquisitions at the annual dinner. This exceptional access to some of the world’s best dealers and to curatorial expertise has introduced many Charter Collectors to the joys of personal collecting.

Member Benefits

  • Participation in acquiring major works of art for the Speed Art Museum’s Collection
  • Participation in unique trips to art dealers, museums, historic homes, and private collections in the US and abroad
  • Invitations to special exhibition previews
  • Invitation to attend and vote at the annual black-tie Charter Collectors Dinner

Member Levels

  • Under Forty Single – $500
  • Under Forty Dual – $750
  • Regular Single – $1,800
  • Regular Dual  – $2,000
  • Patron – $3,400
  • Benefactors – $5,000

 

Click here to sign up for the Charter Collectors Group.

Questions? Contact Erika Holmquist-Wall at ehw@speedmuseum.org or (502) 634-2725.


Cinephiles

The Cinephiles are an affinity group that helps to support the activities of the Speed’s film department. There will be a special Cinephile-only program every other month—6 programs a year. The events will be a mixture of film + discussion, sneak previews, restorations, etc.  Ultimately, the group will help with the acquisition of works to build a film collection when the collection policy has been developed and approved.

Member Benefits

  • Exclusive window for advance ticket purchase for major events.
  • CineCuisine will be a quarterly event with a culinary-inspired film with a tasting of food/wine that will be inspired by the film. Members will receive two free tickets to a dinner + film event each year.
  • Invitations to trips to events like film festivals and visits to film archives and film labs for an insider view of the film world.

Member Levels

  • Supporter Dual – $750
  • Sustaining Dual – $1,500

 

Click here to sign up for the Cinephiles Collector Group.

Questions? Contact Dean Otto at dotto@speedmuseum.org or (502) 634-2706.


Decorative Arts

Whether you are a seasoned collector or simply have an interest in the history of design, membership in the Decorative Arts Collectors offers a unique opportunity: the chance to become an informed connoisseur of furniture, metalwork, ceramics, glass, and textiles while also making a lasting contribution to the Speed’s outstanding decorative arts collection.

The Decorative Arts Collectors’ activities and acquisitions span a wide range of time periods and materials. The group explores everything from French porcelains to Kentucky quilts to the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright and everything in between. While the focus is on North America and Europe, the group also makes occasional forays into the arts of Asia and other regions. This balanced approach ensures an exciting, diverse program of events designed to appeal to a wide range of interests. Regardless of the subject, every event will sharpen the eye and provide unique insights into the history of the decorative arts.

Member Benefits

  • Exclusive voting rights on the acquisition of fine decorative arts for the Speed’s permanent collection
  • Access to distinctive national and international trips that combine visits to museums, architectural sites, galleries, private collections, and artists’ studios
  • Invitations to special presentations by curators, conservators, and other experts
  • Invitation to the annual members’ reception

Member Levels

  • Professional Single – $250
  • Professional Dual – $350
  • Regular Single – $750
  • Regular Dual – $850
  • Curator Circle Single – $1,400
  • Curator Circle Dual – $1,500

 

Click here to sign up for the Decorative Arts Collector Group. 

Questions? Contact Scott Erbes at serbes@speedmuseum.org or (502) 634-2740.


Speed Contemporary

Speed Contemporary offers members a unique opportunity to encounter and learn about the dynamics of provocative contemporary art in an informative and welcoming environment. As well as supporting the acquisition of art works for the Speed’s collection, Speed Contemporary also opens doors to top-notch private collections, artists’ studios, and the expertise of art professionals. Programs include trips, both in the United States and abroad, and educational events. Whether you are already a passionate collector or simply have an interest in contemporary art, Speed Contemporary offers a chance to engage with and enjoy art that is being created in our lifetime.

Member Benefits

  • Exclusive participation in acquiring new works of art for the Speed’s permanent collection
  • Access to distinctive national and international trips that combine visits to museums, architectural sites, galleries, private collections, and artists’ studios
  • Invitations to lectures and special presentations given by the Curator of Contemporary Art and special guest speakers
  • Invitation to the annual members’ dinner

Member Levels

  • Under Forty Single – $450
  • Under Forty Dual – $700
  • Regular Single – $1,300
  • Regular Dual – $1,500

 

Click here to sign up for the Speed Contemporary Collector Group.

Questions? Contact Miranda Lash at mlash@speedmuseum.org or (502) 634-2964.