Designing an Icon: Creativity & the American Automobile

Y ou won’t have to know a GTO from a Corvette, or a muscle car from a pony to get along at this pioneering exhibition of concept car drawings. If you can say “Wow,” you can keep up.

    “Designing an Icon: Creativity & the American Automobile” came about because retired General Motors car designers couldn’t bring themselves to destroy some designs they loved too much. In the competitive car world, purging designs was mandatory, but with amnesty from GM and the help of Bill Porter, a retired GM chief designer and Louisville native, this show is able to illustrate the smooth, presentational pizazz of fast sketches and color renderings used to sell concepts to the GM decision-makers on actual production.

    “Icon” continues through Nov. 10 at the Louisville Visual Art Association, 3005 River Road. Admission: $5; children younger than 12 free. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

    Sept. 16 presents two events. A 2-4 p.m. reception for the artists is free. A 7 p.m. “Designers’ Roundtable Discussion” with Porter and other designers is $25. For tickets or information, call (502) 896-2146. or check out the museum’s Web site at


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