What I do, where I work
I am responsible for the creative direction of permanent exhibitions in the museum. The implementation of traveling exhibitions hosted by our museum. And…most importantly…the overall experience of every visitor to the museum.
Director of Exhibitions and Designer at Senator John Heinz History Center in association with the Smithsonian Institution
Exhibition Designer/Curator at Fernbank
Creative Director of New Exhibitions at Premier Exhibitions
Senior Designer at several exhibit design & production companies
More about me
I have an undergraduate degree in Industrial Design and graduate degree in Architecture. My graduate studies focused on interaction and architecture specifically within the framework of a museum environment. I have designed and developed exhibitions for museums, science centers, zoos, aquariums, theme parks and corporations since 1992. Recent projects include:
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the Luxor in Las Vegas, NV. This is the flagship version of this exhibition which opened in December of 2008.
- Dialog in the Dark for the North American market. I researched the concept while working in Germany, adapted it for North America and supervised the design of the exhibition for the opening in Atlanta, GA.
- Bodies: The Exhibition. I was part of the original concept team which developed the look and feel of this exhibition.
- Discovery Channel interviewed me as part of a special program concerning exhibition design which aired in 2006. I was working on a traveling version of Titanic for the Ontario Science Center.
- Senior Designer for Hope for Humanity: AIDS Vaccine Research and the impact of the virus in Africa. Photos by Andrew Petkun developed in association with Emory Vaccine Research Center. This exhibition won a regional design award in its budget category.