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The Speed Art Museum will hold one of the most elegant spring galas, the 39th annual Speed Art Museum Ball, on Saturday, March 3, 2012. The Museum's exquisite Impressionist exhibition, Renoir to Chagall: Paris and the Allure of Color, will serve as the inspiration for the evening. The collection of magnificent Impressionist works from the Dixon Gallery and Gardens will transport attendees to the romantic French countryside or a Parisian café as depicted by artists Degas, Renoir, Monet, Cezanne and others. Guests will be treated to a culinary feast of French inspired cuisine followed by a night of dancing to the sounds of Indigo, a Ken Arlen Orchestra.

The Speed is honored to have Lenihan Sotheby's International Realty as presenting sponsor of the 2012 Speed Museum Ball.

Benefactor tickets for the gala event are $450 per person. The Benefactor evening begins at 6 p.m. and includes cocktails, dinner, dancing, and dessert. Dinner seating will take place in the Museum's galleries and among exhibitions ranging from thirteenth-century European art to contemporary art.

Friends of the Speed tickets are $150 per person. The Friends of the Speed evening begins at 9 p.m. and features cocktails, dessert, and dancing. Seating for late night guests will be available in the Museum's Sculpture Court.

As the Museum's largest fundraiser, the Ball supports the Speed's many education programs, exhibitions and family activities. The generosity of attendees helps the Museum to continue its mission of "discovering, together with our communities, the joy and power of great art."

The 2012 Speed Museum Ball is presented with support from Lenihan-Sotherby's International Realty, The Glenview Trust Company, Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc., Dismore, Sterling G. Thompson Company, and Sophisticated Living Magazine.

The Speed Art Museum is Kentucky’s largest art museum with a collection that spans 6,000 years of human creativity.  An independent museum located on the campus of the University of Louisville, the Speed plays an important role in the cultural and educational life of the region serving more than 30,000 school children annually through community outreach programs, workshops, tours, summer camps, and the award winning Art Sparks interactive gallery. The Museum is situated at a crossroads between the city and the University of Louisville, adjacent to the busiest pedestrian thoroughfare on the University’s campus.  The Speed is currently undergoing a multi-phase expansion and renovation that includes a new North Building, Art Park and a public piazza. To view a virtual tour or for more information visit

Museum hours are Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Friday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (open late); Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Galleries are closed on Monday and Tuesday. General admission to the Museum is $10, free for members.  

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