Speed Art Museum is Reopening!
The opening party takes place March 12 at 10 a.m. - March 13 at 4 p.m. Expect 30 hours of non-stop events and activities.
Then, moving forward Sundays will be free days. The days are called “Owsley Sundays” in honor of Owsley Brown II, who as CEO of Brown-Forman from 1993 to 2005. The free “Owsley Sundays” will begin March 20, 2016, and continue through March of 2021.
This is all possible through Brown-Forman Corporation giving the Speed Art Museum $1 million dollars as part of the Speed’s multi-million dollar capital campaign.
“Brown-Forman has been a long-time benefactor of the Speed, and we are very pleased to make this contribution which benefits our entire community in honor of former Brown-Forman Chairman and CEO Owsley Brown II, who was one of Louisville’s most ardent arts’ patrons,” said Welch. “Owsley firmly believed that making art accessible to everyone was essential for both individual and community well-being, so we are proud to provide this gift which will allow anyone to visit the beautiful new Speed Art Museum free of charge every Sunday for five years.”
“The free Sundays at the Speed, through the generosity of Brown-Forman, will open up a whole new world to the entire community,” said Ghislain d’Humieres, CEO of the Speed Museum. “The partnership we’ve enjoyed with Brown Forman over the years – decades, really – has been unique, dynamic and exciting. The real winner though, is our Louisville community. The generosity showed by the Brown family and Brown-Forman has been extraordinary and has allowed us to provide so many truly wonderful programs, the best in art, and a cultural experience that educates, excites and empowers the entire community. The Speed is the ultimate experience where art from the around the world invites and inspires people to experience the power of creativity."
The Speed has undergone a $60 million renovation and expansion that will double the square footage of the original museum.
A look at the new Speed Art Museum
The new 62,500 sq. ft. North Building is largely transparent and will create one of the finest experiential art museums in the country. It will double the museum’s overall square footage and nearly triple the gallery space from the existing wing. The total expansion effort encompasses approximately 220,000 sq. ft., including 79,600 sq. ft. of renovation, 75,000 sq. ft. of new construction, and 135,000 sq. ft. of landscape improvements.
The expansion creates a new state-of-the-art space for larger special exhibitions, contemporary art galleries, a family education and welcome center, cinema, indoor/outdoor café, museum store, and a multifunctional Grand Hall for performances, lectures and entertaining. Additionally, the new Elizabeth P. and Frederick K. Cressman Art Park and public piazza will feature creative artworks created specifically for the Speed Museum.