Speed Art Museum Exceeds Funding For $50 Million Expansion

The Speed Art Museum announced that it exceeded its $50 million Changing Speed fundraising goal for the Museum’s major renovation and expansion project by $334,000, bringing the total amount raised to $50,334,000. The success of the campaign allows for the completion of Phase I and II of the Museum’s master plan, which includes a new North Building, a central utilities building and an art park and piazza.

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The new 9,500 sq. ft. South Building will include additional gallery space and a state-of-the-art theater, showcasing digital, 16mm and 35mm film capabilities. “The moving image is the new medium for our times,” said Owsley Brown lll, documentary filmmaker and son of Christy and the late Owsley Brown ll. The South Building will also feature the “Center for Kentucky Art” in a renovated 5,600 sq. ft. gallery in the lower level of the current Speed building. It will showcase the Speed’s significant collection of early Kentucky fine and decorative arts, including paintings, sculptures, extraordinary furniture, silver and other objects. Many of these antiquities were recently acquired through the generosity of the Noe Family. www.speedmuseum.org