Northern Trust Purchase Prize To Be Awarded To The Speed Art Museum

Speed Art Museum by Raphael Gamo, 2019. 

The annual Northern Trust Purchase Prize expands to the Greater Midwest Region

The Northern Trust Purchase Prize will be donated to the Speed Art Museum (Louisville, KY) during the eighth annual EXPO CHICAGO. As Presenting Sponsor of EXPO CHICAGO, Northern Trust will purchase the annual gift of artwork from the EXPOSURE section of the exposition, which features galleries ten years and younger. This will be the first year that the prize awards an institution outside of Chicago, signaling the program’s development and a shift in focus to the greater Midwest region. 

The selected artwork will be unveiled at EXPO CHICAGO on Friday, September 20 on the Northern Trust Exchange Stage as part of the Exchange by Northern Trust: An Interactive Conversation Around the Art of Collecting program.

As a long-time supporter of arts and culture and presenting sponsor of EXPO CHICAGO, Northern Trust will purchase a work of art to be added to the Speed Art Museum’s permanent collection. Stephen Reily, the Director of the Speed Art Museum, joined by the museum’s Curator of Contemporary Art Miranda Lash (2017 EXPO CHICAGO Curatorial Forum Session Leader), will select the artwork from one of the exhibiting EXPOSURE galleries. The EXPOSURE section, curated by newly appointed Vice President of Education and Public Programs at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Naima Keith, elevates the profile of young international galleries and supports the careers of emerging artists. 

About the Speed Art Museum

The Speed Art Museum is Kentucky’s largest art museum. An independent and encyclopedic museum located on the campus of the University of Louisville.  Louisville philanthropist Hattie Bishop Speed founded the Speed Art Museum, which opened in 1927, with a belief in the power of art to change people’s lives.

The Speed reopened in 2016 following a three-year, $60 million renovation and expansion designed by Kulapat Yantrasast of wHY that doubled the museum’s overall square footage and nearly tripled its gallery space. Free Owsley Sundays, sponsored by the Brown-Forman Corporation, draw large and diverse crowds every week.