Charles Venable, Speed Art Museum
Charles L. Venable, PhD, is the new director of the Speed Art Museum. He comes to Louisville after serving as deputy director of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Dr. Venable brings over 20 years of museum experience to Louisville’s premier art institution.
Venable, who starts his job Oct. 29, 2007, is former deputy director at the Dallas Museum of Art, and is celebrated for his expertise in American decorative arts.
A native of Texas, Venable has a doctorate in American studies from Boston University, a master's degree in fine and decorative art from the University of Delaware and a bachelor's degree in American history and art history, cum laude, from Rice University in Houston.
A national leader in arts education, serving over 30,000 children each year, the Speed Art Museum has repeatedly been voted Kentucky’s best museum and one of the top ten sites each Kentuckian should visit. The Speed honors its mission to bring great art to our communities through its distinguished collections and as the Commonwealth’s premier venue for international art exhibitions, collecting, and education.
The Speed Art Museum is located at 2035 South Third Street in Louisville. Other features of the museum include a hands-on Art Learning Center for families, a café and gift shop. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays. For general information, call (502) 634-2700.
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- Lebowski Fest graphic artist Bill Green, The Vernon bowling lanes, Renaissance woman Angela Bartley, Hubble history in Louisville, and the new director of the Speed Art Museum, Charles Venable. (#203)