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Collecting Photography: Advice and Strategies

October 8, 2017 at 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us for a discussion on collecting photography including helpful advice and strategies from experts. Our panel features Paul Paletti, director of the Louisville Photo Biennial, Rachel Peart, a specialist in Photographs from Phillips auction house in New York, Stephen Reily, Interim Director of the Speed Art Museum, and Miranda Lash, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Art Museum.

This event is presented in conjunction with Southern Elegy: Photography from the Stephen Reily Collection and the Louisville Photo Biennial.



About the Speakers:

Paul Paletti, Director of the Louisville Photo Biennial
Paul Paletti is a Louisville, KY native. He received a BFA in photography from the University of New Mexico where he studied with Beaumont Newhall, Van Deren Coke, and Ray Metzker. Paletti earned a MA in photography at Central Washington University and his JD at the University of Louisville. He has been a partner in the law firm of Sturm, Paletti, and Wilson since 1994.

Since 2001, the Paul Paletti Gallery, which specializes in fine art photography, has been a participant in the First Friday Trolley Hop, and the Louisville Photo Biennial.

Paletti has been the Director of the Louisville Photo Biennial since 2003. The Biennial has grown from 6 participants in 2003 to 54 venues and over 60 shows in 2017, with exhibits and activities throughout Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Central Kentucky. Paletti serves on the Board of Directors for the Louisville Fund for the Visual Arts, Kentucky Cancer Research Foundation, and LOOK: Louisville Art.

Rachel Peart, Specialist, Associate Vice President, Photographs, Phillips, New York
Rachel joined Phillips in 2015 after eight years in the auction industry. She previously served as the Director of Photographs at Heritage Auctions, working with Photographs, Fine Art, and Historical collections around the United States and holding auctions in Los Angeles, Dallas, and New York. During her tenure, she brought numerous private and corporate collections to the photographs, modern, and contemporary markets. She has continued her growth in this role working closely with collectors and focusing on appraisals within the department. Most recently she managed the exhibition That Day: Laura Wilson, Pictures in the American West which was on view in New York from January – February 2017. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and previously held a position assisting the Registrar at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

Stephen Reily, Interim Director, Speed Art Museum
The Speed’s Interim Director, Stephen Reily, is a successful entrepreneur, civic leader, lawyer, and supporter of the arts in building a stronger community.

A longtime supporter of the Speed, he served on its Board for 10 years, including several years as Chair of both the Museum’s Long-Range Planning Committee and its Curatorial Committee. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Creative Capital Foundation, a national grant maker in the arts, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. A selection of work from his collection of southern photography, curated by the Speed’s Curator of Contemporary Art, Miranda Lash, is on view at the Museum until October 14th.

He has served as the longtime Chair of the Greater Louisville Project and is a member of the Board of the Louisville Urban league. He also founded Seed Capital Kentucky, a non-profit focused on building a more sustainable future for Kentucky’s farmers.

Stephen is an entrepreneur who chairs IMC, a holding company for three companies he founded: influencer marketing agency Vibrant Nation, brand licensing agency IMC Licensing, and digital financial wellness provider SUM180.

Miranda Lash, Curator of Contemporary Art, Speed Art Museum
Miranda Lash is the curator of contemporary art at the Speed Art Museum. Her most recent exhibition, Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art, co-organized with Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, is an expansive inquiry into Southern identity featuring the work of sixty artists. Lash also curated Southern Elegy: Photography from the Stephen Reily Collection an exploration of loss, remembrance, and place in the American South. Both exhibitions are on view through October 14th.

Lash is a member of the Artistic Director’s Council for Prospect.4, the fourth iteration of the international triennial Prospect New Orleans, which opens in November 2017. From 2008 to 2014, Lash was the founding curator of modern and contemporary art at the New Orleans Museum of Art. She is a graduate of Harvard University and Williams College.


Image Credit: William Eggleston (born 1939), “Untitled”, gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches, Collection of Stephen Reily


October 8, 2017
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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