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Kentucky Online Arts Resource

Welcome to the Kentucky Online Arts Resource (KOAR), a project of The Speed Art Museum. Launched in April 2006, KOAR provides access to over 1,800 objects showing nearly 3,000 images of Kentuckyís historic decorative arts, fine arts, folk arts, and design. Here, you can search for images of furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, textiles, paintings, sculptures, and other types of objects made or used by Kentuckians. KOAR further includes artists' depictions of the state's cities, towns, landscapes, and citizens. At present, KOAR focuses on Kentucky's pre-1950 artistic heritage. KOAR is free to use: simply click on the Search KOAR button to begin.

KOAR draws upon the Speed Art Museumís extensive holdings of Kentucky art, the most important collection of its kind in the United States. The site also offers exclusive visual access to numerous private collections as well as to the collections of other museums and public institutions. Please contact us if you have objects that might further enhance the site.

KOAR's development, operation, and free usage policy have been made possible through the generosity of numerous individuals and foundations. The Speed thanks these donors for their support and vision. They are listed on the KOAR Sponsors page. For information on our museum partners, please visit the KOAR Partners page.

Questions and comments may be directed to or by calling 502.634.2967.

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