ABOUT KMAC MUSEUM
KMAC Museum is a contemporary art museum in downtown Louisville on Museum Row. Through exhibitions, education, and outreach, KMAC Museum works to connect people to art and creative practice.
KMAC inspires transformative connections between artists, art, and the public through education, exhibitions, programming, and conversation.
The museum acts as a creative influence in the community, drawing people together to experience its arts leadership, exhibitions, education, and permanent collection.
KMAC’s core values are:
Accessibility to art through transformative experiences for everyone that spark curiosity, inspire meaningful connections, and foster a deep sense of inclusion, belonging, and purpose.
Learning at the personal and institutional level, for KMAC staff and visitors alike.
Responsibility through thoughtful stewardship of the museum, collection, and financial resources for the public good.
Respect for the creative process and the arts.
Relevance through connection and response to the local and global community.
Founded in 1981 by former Kentucky first lady Phyllis George, the Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation was started as a way to build interest in the state’s rich craft heritage. This interest lead the Foundation to create a rich collection of American Folk Art from around the region.
In 2001, the organization became the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, and relocated to four-story cast iron structure located in downtown Louisville's West Main Street Historic District. Three galleries on the museum's first, second and third floors provide 27,000 square feet for large-scale exhibitions.
The museum was renovated in 2016 to create a space that better serves the public and fosters creative thinking and exploration. Now rebranded as KMAC Museum. the museum showcases the work of regional, national and international contemporary artists.
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