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Speed Art Museum Announces Weaver is New Curator of Contemporary Art

Suzanne Weaver has been appointed curator of contemporary art at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville. Weaver comes to the Speed from the Dallas Museum of Art in Texas, where she has served as associate curator of contemporary art since 1995. She will join the Speed’s staff in mid-January.

In Dallas, Weaver was responsible for organizing more than 21 shows, giving several artists their first U.S. museum solo exhibitions. Weaver played an integral role in the museum’s international emerging artist series, “Concentrations,” pushing it to a new level of ambition and experimentation. Her last Concentrations exhibition was the world premiere of Phil Collins’s video trilogy, “the world won’t listen,” which was accompanied by a cross-disciplinary catalogue distributed by Yale University Press.

Kentucky Arts Council Publishes New Book Five Kentucky Poets Laureate: An Anthology

Five Kentucky Poets Laureate: An Anthology, published by the Kentucky Arts Council, is a new book of more than 40 poems and essays by a distinguished club of Kentucky contemporary literati. It features the writings of the commonwealth’s poets laureate: Richard Taylor (Kentucky Poet Laureate 1999-2000), James Baker Hall (2001-02), Joe Survant (2003-04), Sena Jeter Naslund (2005-06) and Jane Gentry (2007-08). The anthology was edited by Jane Gentry and Frederick Smock with a cover illustration by photographer Geoff Carr.

The Arts Council has paperback copies available to provide a class-set free to every high school in Kentucky. An online study guide developed by Sue Churchill, writing resource teacher for Woodford County Schools, will be available to teachers. For information, contact Tamara Coffey at (888) 833-2787 ext. 479 or [email protected].

A limited number of hardback copies of Five Kentucky Poets Laureate: An Anthology are available for sale at $19.95 each. Proceeds from the sale of the book will support future literary arts projects in Kentucky.
For more information about the Poets Laureate of Kentucky, go to artscouncil.ky.gov/Poet/Poet.htm

Art in Bloom 2009: Fine Art and Flowers
This is the ninth year for Art in Bloom, the University of Kentucky Art Museum’s most anticipated fund-raising event. Presented by the Friends of the Museum, this year’s Art in Bloom will honor Judy Wells of Versailles for her longtime support of the museum and will celebrate the artwork of local artist, Anna Laura Codell.

The three-day event, scheduled for Feb. 27 through Mar. 1, will feature art-inspired floral designs in full bloom, showcasing more than 40 floral designers and garden club representatives from the community and their interpretations of the museum’s permanent collection and the exhibition Robert Motherwell and Jasper Johns: Poetic Works as Metaphor.

A black tie sponsor gala and live auction will be held 7 p.m. on Feb. 27; visitors can enjoy a “Conversation with Designers” on Sunday, Mar. 1 at 2:00 pm. To purchase tickets or find out more, contact Amy Nelson at (859) 257-6218 or [email protected].