With a $50 million expansion planned through 2016, 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, at 822 East Market Street, 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.
Click here to see what's at Local Speed today!
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.
Please join us at our satellite space in Nulu for Free Family Art Activities, specialty workshops, exhibitions and other events while the museum is closed. The Speed Art Museum also invites you to enjoy the lecture series, held at the Kentucky Center, and the Concert Series, held at University of Louisville.
Click here to view our calendar of all upcoming events!
Speed Lecture Series
The Speed's inaugural lecture series was a success! The theme of 2014's lectures was The Contemporary Art Park to honor the future Elizabeth P. and Frederick K. Cressman Art Park and Piazza at the New Speed! Members of the community gathered at the Kentucky Center to enjoy lectures by Marc Pottier, Liana Brazil of SuperUber, and Lord William Burlington of Lismore Castle. This lecture series was free to Speed members and UofL students, while general admission tickets were $25.
Check back for more information about the 2015 lecture series!
Click here to view past lectures...
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).