Stephen Reily




Stephen Reily joined the Speed as its Director in April 2017. He 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.

Since joining the Speed, Reily’s accomplishments include:

  • Developing a new mission statement: “At the Speed Art Museum, we invite everyone to celebrate art, forever.”
  • Structuring a new Advancement Department, increasing contributed revenue by nearly 50% over three years, and launching “The Art of Bourbon,” now the premier national nonprofit bourbon auction;
  • Launching “After Hours,” the Speed’s most successful program to date, attracting over 1,000 visitors monthly to enjoy the Speed’s exhibitions and permanent collection;
  • Creating the “Speed for All” membership program offering a free family membership (and family programs) to anyone for whom cost is a barrier of access;
  • Resuming and accelerating an acquisition program for the permanent collection, including our first oil paintings by Louisville native Bob Thompson and numerous works by women artists, including Diana al-Hadid, Janine Antoni, Clemence de Sermezy, Keltie Ferris, Summer Wheat, and Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney;
  • Launching statewide outreach with education programs, fundraising, and exhibitions that reinforce the Speed’s identity and mission as the largest and oldest museum in Kentucky.
  • Partnering with museums like the Perez Art Museum, the Andy Warhol Museum, and the Nasher Museum of Art on exhibitions; and securing a five-year partnership with the Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University on multiple exhibitions and ongoing loans between the two institutions.

For four years, Stephen served as Chair and Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Creative Capital Foundation, a national grant maker in the arts. He has served as the Chair of the Greater Louisville Project and is a member of the Boards of the Louisville Urban League and the J. Graham Brown Foundation. He also founded Seed Capital Kentucky, a non-profit focused on building a more sustainable future for Kentucky’s farmers.

As an entrepreneur Reily founded IMC, a global leader in brand licensing that has generated over $3 billion in consumer product sales for the Fortune 500 brands it represents. He is also the co-founder of ClickHer, an mobile app publisher, and SUM180, a digital financial planning service purchased by FlexWage, a national provider of financial wellness solutions.

After graduating from Stanford Law School, Stephen clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court.  A native of New Orleans, he is married to historian Emily Bingham and they have 3 children.