David Kern, formerly the executive director of the New Center for Contemporary Art at 742 E. Market St., is now executive director of the Historic Homes Foundation, which oversees Whitehall, Farmington and the Thomas Edison House. Co-founder Jay Jordan will continue operating the New Center.
The Speed Art Museum recently announced the publication of “Presence,” a book featuring the eight installations and accompanying lectures of what the museum calls “the most ambitious contemporary art project ever undertaken at the Speed.” Edited by Curator of Contemporary Art Julien Robson, who originated the exhibition, and designed by Denise Webb of Montage, it’s available in the museum shop. While you’re at the museum, go see the recently discovered painting “View of Farmington,” on loan through Nov. 17.
Creative Diversity Studio is profiled in this month’s New Southerner: The Mainstream Magazine of Alternative Thinking.
The outdoor sculptures that were stolen from Kaviar Forge & Gallery at 1718 Frankfort Ave. earlier this year have been recovered and are now back in place.
Kevin O’Brien has been named the new executive director of the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft.
There’s another new gallery in town: Bill Fischer has expanded his studio to the house next door to form the Fischer Gallery at 1652/1656 Story Ave.
October is National Arts and Humanities Month. It is also the 40th anniversary of the Kentucky Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. —Jo Anne Triplett