With a $50 million expansion planned through 2015, The Speed Art Museum is currently closed for construction. The new 60,000-square-foot North Building will help create one of the finest experiential art museums in the country and will double the overall square footage and nearly triple the gallery space from the existing wing. The expansion will create a state-of-the-art space for larger special exhibitions, new contemporary art galleries, a family education welcome center, indoor/outdoor café, museum shop, and a multifunctional pavilion for performances, lectures and entertaining. Additionally, the new Elizabeth P. and Frederick K. Cressman Art Park and public Piazza will be created for the display of sculpture that will engage University of Louisville students and faculty and museum visitors.
Visit the Museum's Satellite Space,
Local Speed, During the Expansion!
Local Speed serves as the Museum's satellite space during the renovation and expansion, hosting unique programming, special exhibitions, family art activities and events. Local Speed is located in the heart of Louisville's downtown neighborhood, Nulu and is open Fridays, 12-8 and Saturdays, 11-4. You can also join us for free and informal docent tours of the gallery on Fridays and Saturdays between noon and 3pm. Itís a wonderful way to experience art at a slightly different Speed.
Speed About Town
Although the museum’s galleries and Art Sparks are closed to the public, we are dedicated to a continued program of outreach event in the community throughout the construction period. The staff has been working diligently to coordinate and collaborate with local organizations to hold enriching and engaging events for our members approximately once a month. Many of our events will take place at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville and thus it will become our “home away from home” over the next few years where we will be holding artist lectures, art exhibitions, and more.
Click here to view our calendar of all upcoming Speed About Town events!
Speed Concert Series
The Speed Concert Series is presented with funds from the Hattie Bishop Speed Music Trust. For more than 65 years the Speed Concert series has presented classical music to Louisville audiences including highly acclaimed artists such as Emanuel Ax, Leontyne Price, Olga Kern, Dawn Upshaw, Alicia de Larrocha, Jessye Norman and Midori.
Click here to see the current season and purchase tickets!
Speed Garage Parking
The Speed garage will be open during construction, conveniently located in an adjacent garage operated by Riverside Parking Systems. Parking is $1 per 1/2 hour / $7 maximum charge (Special rates may apply for events and evening parking).
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