Business Briefs of the Week • September 4, 2014

Speed Art Museum Hires New Mary and Barry Bingham Sr. Curator of European and American Painting and Sculpture.

The Speed Art Museum has announced that Erika Holmquist-Wall has been hired as the Mary and Barry Bingham Sr. Curator of European and American Painting and Sculpture for the museum. Holmquist-Wall will begin her new role at the Speed on Oct. 6.

“I am thrilled and honored to join the Speed’s team at such an historic and exciting time,” Holmquist-Wall said. “It’s a terrific chance to work with a marvelous art collection that possesses tremendous potential for growth. It’s also an extraordinary opportunity to develop a vibrant exhibition program for our audiences. Louisville is such a dynamic city, and the Speed reflects that energy, especially as it repositions itself into a museum for the 21st century. It’s all about collaboration, engagement, and community outreach. In short, I’m here to get everyone excited about art.”

Erika Holmquist-Wall joined the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in 2000 as a Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Paintings and Modern Sculpture. In 2007, she was promoted to Assistant Curator of Paintings. In addition, she served as the museum’s Provenance Specialist, where she oversaw all research related to the ownership and acquisition of the museum’s collections.

During her tenure, Holmquist-Wall curated a number of exhibitions for the MIA, including “The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy” in 2011, “Alexander Roslin and the Comtesse Pignatelli” in 2008, “A Mirror of Nature: Nordic Landscape Painting, 1840-1910,” and most recently, a suite of four dossier exhibitions on Henri Matisse that supplemented her most recent curatorial venture, “Matisse: Masterworks from the Baltimore Museum of Art.” She is a strong advocate for collections preservation, creating two popular exhibitions centered around the public restoration of major paintings by Guercino in 2004 and Max Beckmann in 2013.

Holmquist-Wall is a specialist in 19th and 20th-century Nordic art and design. In addition, she has established an international reputation as one of a handful of advanced specialists in the field of provenance research, with an emphasis on World War II-era spoliation issues.

A native of Iowa, Erika received her BA in the History of Art and Classics from the College of Saint Catherine and her MA in Art History from the University of St. Thomas.

“I am excited to have Erika join our curatorial team at the Speed. She brings with her expertise in a number of areas, including German Expressionism, the work of Edvard Munch, provenance research of the World War II era, and new approaches to collections interpretation,” said Scott Erbes, chief curator and curator of decorative arts and design at the Speed Art Museum.

Ghislain d’Humières, director of the Speed Art Museum, said, “Erika fills one of the vital curatorial positions needed to re-open the Museum in the spring of 2016 and will play an integral role in our vision of becoming a 21st-century museum that offers dynamic and immersive experiences to its visitors. We are pleased to welcome her to the Louisville community and the Museum.”

Martha Stewart recognizes Louisville products in American Made contest

Finalists for Martha Stewart’s 2014 American Made awards have been announced, and included are three Louisville products: Copper & Kings American Brandy Co., Rooibee Red Tea and Trifecta Sauce Co.

Copper & Kings and Trifecta were selected among hundreds of nominees by a panel of judges to continue on as finalists in the food category. Rooibee Red Tea snagged one of only 200 wildcard finalist spots based on social media shares.

A total of 1,000 finalists from across the U.S. are now being selected for only 10 awards – nine category winners selected by Martha’s judges and one audience choice winner. Public voting for the audience choice winner runs through Oct. 13 online, and all winners will be announced Oct. 17.

The American Made awards promote the spirit of innovation by recognizing local makers and their homegrown products. Judging criteria is based on four main components: innovativeness, creativity and originality; workmanship; appearance; and the embodiment of the American Made theme. More info can be found at

Kentucky Bourbon Festival Guests to Receive Free Safe Rides Home from Bulleit Frontier Whiskey

Bourbon aficionados travel from all over the world to celebrate America’s native spirit during one of the fall’s most popular events, the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown. One of the festival’s supporters for over a decade, Bulleit will again provide free safe rides home for attendees 21 and over. As part of a focus to bring awareness to the importance of responsible drinking, the safe rides home program reminds guests to always designate a sober driver and drink in moderation.

Kentucky Bourbon Festival attendees will be able to take advantage of the free-of-charge shuttle service from Sept. 17 – 20 with limited service on Sept. 21, one of two ways. They can either arrange a ride or be present at one of the three pick-up locations listed below during the designated operating hours. Attendees looking to arrange a ride can call 270.765.7297. Pick-up service is limited to Bardstown and is based on availability.

 Pick-Up Locations and Times:

Command Post – located at the North end of the Spirit Garden
·     Friday (9/19): 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.
·     Saturday (9/20): 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.
·     Sunday (9/21): 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Guthrie Opportunity Center, Home of Nelson County Industries (NCI) – 900 Nutter Dr.
·     Wednesday (9/17): 8 p.m – 10 p.m.
·     Thursday (9/18): 8 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
·     Saturday (9/20): 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.

My Old Kentucky Home State Park – 501 East Stephen Foster Ave. (The Great Hall and Rotunda)
·     Thursday (9/18): 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
·     Friday: (9/19) 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Bulleit reminds those attending the festival to celebrate and explore their frontiers responsibly.

Dr. Faye Jones replaces Dr. Gerard Rabalais on Passport Health Plan Board of Directors

Passport Health Plan is pleased to announce that Dr. Faye Jones has officially replaced Dr. Gerard P. Rabalais as a member of the Board of Directors.

Jones grew up in Metcalfe County and attended Western Kentucky University. After working for two years in Milwaukee, she returned to Kentucky. Currently, she is senior faculty member in the UofL Department of Pediatrics, and will be serving a five-year term on the board.

The Board is responsible for pursuing Passport’s goals and is accountable to the community for all the actions of and accountable to various regulatory agencies, including the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services (DMS), the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and others.

Passport Health Plan is a provider-sponsored, nonprofit, community-based Medicaid health plan that has been contracted with Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services to administer Medicaid benefits since 1997. The Plan is sponsored by the University of Louisville Physicians, University Medical Center, Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence, Norton Healthcare, and the Louisville/Jefferson County Primary Care Association, which includes the Federally Qualified Health Centers (Family Health Centers and Park DuValle) and the Louisville Metro Department of Health and Wellness. For additional information about Passport Health Plan, please visit our website at