Louisville’s celebration for art has been no secret to anyone that has lived in, or visited the area. With abundant visual art museums, theatres such as The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, and ample festivals that celebrate art ranging from music, dance, and theatre, it is no surprise that Louisville was ranked among the Top 25 Big Cities for Art by AmericanStyle Magazine.
Kentucky’s oldest and largest museum, the Speed Art Museum, is just one of the nationally known museums in Louisville. This museum hosts different exhibitions year round alike the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft that was founded in 1981 to enhance Kentucky’s arts and crafts.
But what makes Louisville unique is that it is home to the 21C Museum Hotel, which has won numerous awards including Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s Top Ten Hotels in the World award in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Not only that, Louisville’s Glassworks, which is a one-of-a-kind facility in the country, hosts tours, walk-in workshops, and galleries for visitors in order to portray the exquisite beauty of glass.
Not to forget, Louisville is also known for the tons of festivals that occur in order to recognize the arts and culture that rest within the city. Among these is the St. James Court Art Show, a juried arts and crafts show, which has been recognizing around 750 artists from all over the nation for the past 55 years.
All of this and much more is what Louisville’s art scene has to offer. Therefore, it is not alarming that AmericanStyle Magazine ranked Louisville 23rd among the list of Top Big Cities for Art in the US. After all, we aren’t home to the Gallopalooza horses for no reason!
The rest of the list is as follows:
1.New York City
4. San Francisco, California
5. Boston, Massachusetts
6. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
7. Albuquerque, N.M.
8. Seattle, Wash.ington
9. Austin, Texas
10. Baltimore, Maryland
11. Los Angeles, California
12. Portland, Ore.gon
13. Columbus, Ohio
14. Denver, Colorado
15. Jacksonville, Florida
16. Nashville, Tennessee
17. San Diego, California
18. Charlotte, North Carolina
19. Dallas, Texas
20. Las Vegas, Nevada
21. San Antonio, Texas
22. Houston, Texas
23. Louisville, Kentucky
24. Tucson, Arizona
25. Phoenix, Arizona
Photo: Courtesy gallopalooza.com
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