Specialty Tours

ISA specialty tours will take place on Friday, April 12. After departing from The Brown Hotel, tour participants will explore the Speed Museum and enjoy lunch at Buck’s Restaurant. Fine Art participants will also visit the Shands Collection at Great Meadows and 21 C Museum Hotel. AF+DA participants will visit the Farmington Historic Plantation and Conrad-Caldwell House Museum.

Tours are $115 and include transportation and lunch. Limited availability

Fine Art Tour

The Fine Art tour is a wonderful way start the ISA Annual Conference. The tour day is divided into four highlights, featuring three main art sites to visit and a terrific lunch venue. The morning begins with the Shands Sculpture Garden & Painting Collection, located outside Louisville in Crestwood. The collection is called the Great Meadows Foundation and it was (and continues to be) assembled by the owner and collector Reverend Al Shands. It is comprised of about 350 works of art including major sculptural works both inside and outside the home, notably by Anish Kapoor, Richard Deacon, Jaume Plensa, Richard Long, Alex Hartley, George Rickey, Zaha Hadid, Tony Cragg, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Petah Coyne, Xavier Perez, Judy Pfaff, among others. Indoors, there are room installations by Sol LeWitt, Odili Donald Odita, Betty Woodman, and Susana Solano. As well there is also a very large land-art work by Maya Lin.

After touring the Great Meadows collection, head back to Louisville to tour the contemporary art collection located at the C21 Museum Hotel. This collection was founded by Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, contemporary art collectors and preservationists who believe in the power of contemporary art. Explore both public and private spaces, experiencing curated rotating exhibitions, commissioned site-specific installations, and regular cultural programming.

Enjoy lunch at the elegant Buck’s restaurant located in the historic Mayflower building in the heart of Old Louisville. The fabulous menu and warm surroundings will be a wonderful pause in the day. After lunch, head to Louisville’s Speed Art Museum with its fine examples of American, European and Native American art. Explore the permanent collection with two curator-led tours, featuring the collections of Post -1950 Modern & Contemporary Art and Pre- 1950 American & European Painting & Sculpture. Following these tours, everyone will have the opportunity to view additional collections at the Speed Art Museum at their leisure.

Fine Art Tour Schedule

8:15 AM
Depart the Brown Hotel
9:00 - 11:00 AM
Shands Collection at Great Meadows
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
21 C Museum Hotel Louisville
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Lunch at Buck’s Restaurant
2:00 - 5:00 PM
Speed Museum
5:00 PM
Return to The Brown Hotel for the Welcome Reception

Antiques, Furnishings + Decorative Arts Tour

Join the AF + DA tour and experience a taste of Louisville’s rich history. The tour begins at the Speed Art Museum where curator Scott Erbes will highlight Kentucky furniture, decorative arts and his curated exhibit of tall clocks. In addition to the tour, you will have time to visit other exhibits in the museum, which include European and American art, contemporary art, art of ancient cultures and native American art.

After visiting the Speed Art Museum, enjoy lunch and piano music at Buck’s Restaurant in the historic Mayfield Building located in the heart of Old Louisville. After lunch, travel on to a guided tour of Farmington Historic Plantation which was built in 1816 for John and Lucy Speed. It has beautiful interiors; lovely gardens and land which continues to be cultivated daily. Additionally, the Speed family had close connections with Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. The collection includes many Federal and Classical period antiques and period appropriate wall papers and Wilton carpets.

The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, located in Louisville’s famous historic Victorian neighborhood, will be the last guided tour of the day. The mansion is considered one of the finest examples of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture and features the latest innovations of its day. Known for its beautiful woodwork and stained glass windows, it is filled with a collection of period items showing the abundant lifestyle of the period.

AF + DA Tour Schedule

8:30 AM
Depart the Brown Hotel
9:00 - 11:30 AM
Speed Museum
12:00 - 1:15 PM
Lunch at Buck’s Restaurant
1:30 - 3:00 PM
Farmington Historic Plantation
3:30 - 4:45 PM
Conrad-Caldwell House Museum
5:00 PM
Return to The Brown Hotel for the Welcome Reception