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Friday, August 9 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Speed Art Museum: Perspective from the Inside/Out

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Less than 2.5 miles from the IES Annual Conference is the Speed Art Museum. Its 2017 $50 renovation is a tale familiar to many: the museum was ready for an LED upgrade but uncertain on the final fixture selection. The project itself too included common lighting challenges. It was a quest for a cohesive design, despite the space’s varying functions, ceiling heights, amounts of daylight, and objects illuminated.
But for all its familiarities, the Speed Art Museum is unique because it is presented by less familiar perspectives. The museum and manufacturer present this case study, offering their experiences from start to finish.
The perspective of the Speed Art Museum is offered by Scott Erbes, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design. Scott shares the museum’s original lighting system, the motivation to transition to LEDs, and their initial research. Scott offers lessons from his role through fixture selection, installation, and continuous adjustments.
The perspective of the manufacturer is offered by Richard Shaver, Executive Vice President of R&D. Richard shares his involvement with the project, including multiple site visits. Richard offers best practices when working with museums, specifically which questions to ask regarding usage needs, timeline, budget, and in-the-field adjustments.
The Speed Art Museum presented many lighting challenges: a triple-height atrium; vast open layouts; multi-use gallery/event spaces; glass ceiling panels, and so on. The museum and manufacturer came together to overcome such challenges, and are here to report back.

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Richard Shaver

After studying lighting in the Architectural Engineering program at Penn State University, Rick established a lighting design practice in 1977 that continues uninterrupted to this day. For the past four decades he has additionally been the head of Research and Development at Edison... Read More →
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Scott Erbes

A graduate of the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, Scott began his career in 1990 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.He joined the Speed Art museum in 1999 as the museum’s first curator of decorative arts and design for a collection that ranges from... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
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