Education and Outreach


The Louisville Commission on Public Art organized three free and open-to-the-public events to propose a new way of commissioning, funding and conserving public art. The series has been made possible by the generosity of Brooke Brown Barzun, Marlene Grissom, and Mary Moss Greenebaum.

Click here to read about previous events.

Event 3:
September 14-15

Friday, September 14, Metro Hall, Mayor’s Gallery, Metro Hall, 5 – 7 p.m.
“Stewards of Cultural History: How to Evaluate and Refine Louisville’s Public Art Collection”

A group of experts including an artist, art historian, a public art administrator and museum curator raise methodological questions that address how a city creates a strong and meaningful public art collection.


Mary Carothers, Associate Professor of Photography and Fine Arts and COPA commission member

Jongwoo Jeremy Kim, Assistant Professor of Modern Art, University of Louisville

Mindy Ross, Owner/Director Art Strategies LLC, past Director of Public Art Arts Council of Indianapolis

Kim Spence, Curator of Collection Research and Special Projects, Speed Art Museum


Suzanne Weaver, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Director of Adult Programs, Speed Art Museum and COPA executive committee member

Saturday, September 15, Speed Art Museum, Auditorium, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
"The Importance of the Artist's Voice"

This workshop includes conservators, scholars, art experts and stakeholders invested in the care, preservation and conservation of artwork. The participants will discuss the major contribution of Tony Smith to art history and the particular significant of The Gracehoper (Collection of Kentucky Center for the Arts, gifted by Humana in honor of Wendell Cherry) to his work. Panelists will describe its placement at Waterfront Park. Experts will address the artwork’s condition and strategies for its care, maintenance and conservation.


Charles L. Venable, PhD, Director and CEO, Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky

Stephen Klein, President, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Louisville, Kentucky

Marlene Grissom, Director, Special Projects, Waterfront Development Corporation, Louisville, Kentucky

Joan Pachner, Independent art historian and Tony Smith scholar

Kendra Roth, Conservator, Sherman Fairchild Center of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

Richard McCoy, Conservator of Objects & Variable Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana


Jay Krueger, Senior Conservator of Modern Paintings, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

Jefferson Forest

Jefferson Memorial Forest. © Sarah Lyon, 2009.


The Gracehoper, Tony Smith