Miranda Lash. Photo John D’Addario. Courtesy Speed Art Museum.

The Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Ky., has appointed Miranda Lash its new curator of contemporary art. Lash joins the Speed on Aug. 18 from the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), where she founded the modern and contemporary art department in 2008. She has served as its curator since that year. While at NOMA, Lash curated over 20 exhibitions, including the traveling retrospective "Mel Chin: Rematch" (2014) and the site-specific installations Rashaad Newsome: King of Arms (2013) and Swoon: THALASSA (2011). She was formerly a consultant for New York-based art non-profit Creative Capital and is a co-founder of the arts criticism website Pelican Bomb.

This hiring announcement comes in anticipation of the Speed's spring 2016 reopening. The museum shuttered in 2012 for a $50-million expansion and is currently operating out of a satellite space in Louisville's downtown Nulu neighborhood. When it opens, the 60,000-square-foot North Building will house contemporary art galleries, an education center and a pavilion for performances and lectures. The museum will also open a sculpture garden on its grounds.

Founded in 1925, the Speed Art Museum is an independent institution located on the campus of the University of Louisville. This is the Speed's second major upgrade, having undergone a renovation in 1996.