Lunch with the Arts: The Art and Mystery of Kentucky Antiques

July 19, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch with the Arts: Scott Erbes
Wednesday, July 19 | 12pm
$5 at the door (feel free to bring your lunch!)

Join us for a special Lunch with the Arts program featuring Scott Erbes, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Speed Art Museum. Scott’s illustrated lecture – “The Art and Mystery of Kentucky Antiques” – will provide a behind-the- scenes look at highlights from the Speed Art Museum’s outstanding Kentucky collection. Along the way, he will also introduce some of the tricks of the trade for examining Kentucky antiques.

Scott served as one of the Speed’s interim directors from October 2012 through August 2013 before becoming chief curator in September 2013. In this capacity, he led the curatorial team during the museum’s $50 million expansion and renovation project (2012-2016). During the project, Scott oversaw the creation of a satellite gallery, directed concept development and gallery design for reinstallation, and recruited multiple additions to the Speed’s curatorial team including the curator of European and American painting and sculpture, the curator of contemporary art, and the curator of film. After developing a succession plan, Scott stepped away from his role as chief curator in January 2017 to begin work on several exhibition projects.


Scott’s Kentucky-oriented work includes the ideation and design of a new 5,600-square-foot Kentucky gallery for the Speed’s expansion and renovation project. He also developed and launched the Kentucky Online Arts Resource (, an online image database devoted to Kentucky’s artistic heritage. He was project director for the 2007 exhibition For Safekeeping: The Kentucky Sugar Chest, 1790-1850 and curated the 2011 exhibition, Kentucky Antiques from the Noe Collection: A Gift to the Commonwealth.