Darcie Fohrman

  • What I do, where I work

  • I consult with museums of all types to create multidisciplinary, interactive, and emotionally engaging exhibitions. Clients include the Exploratorium, Bay Area Discovery Museum, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Oakland Museum of California, California Academy of Sciences, Skirball Cultural Center, and Getty Center.

    Award winning exhibitions: Daniel’s Story, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC; Frogs and Revealing Bodies, Exploratorium; COURAGE: The Carolina Story That Changed America, Levine Museum of the New South, Charlotte, North Carolina, which received the American Association of Museums Excellence in Exhibition Award and the American Association for State and Local History Award for Best Exhibition. In February 2009, we just opened Changing Places: From Black and White to Technicolor at this museum.

    I bring 35 years of experience to my work as an interpretive planner, exhibition designer, facilitator, and creative director. I was Director of Exhibitions at the San Diego Museum of Art, where I introduced the team approach to exhibition development, designing large blockbuster exhibitions. Before that, I was the Director of Exhibitions at the Spertus Museum of Judaica in Chicago, where I designed the first permanent exhibition about the Holocaust to appear in the United States.

    For eight years, I was a faculty member of the museum studies graduate program at John F. Kennedy University, where I taught exhibition development and design. I’m a founding member and former vice president of the NAME, National Association for Museum Exhibition, and currently serve as the association’s education advisor and editorial advisor for the journal.


  • Director of Exhibitions at San Diego Museum of Art

  • Director of Exhibtions at Spertus Museum, Chicago