29th Annual Excellence in Exhibition Awards

Track
Exhibit Planning & Design
Start Day and Time
Monday May 8 8:45-10 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
274 America's Center
Description
This session offers examples of exemplary exhibitions created by colleagues at a variety of museums. Represented institutions include art, history, children's, and science museums, as well as zoos, aquariums, and more. The judges interview the competition winners, who share the inspiration for their award-winning exhibitions that demonstrate best practices for integrated exhibit design and delivery.

Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media

Learner Outcome
  1. Learn about establishing best practices for integrating the four major areas of exhibit development: audience research, scholarship, education, and design.
  2. Share innovative ideas and inspiration for exhibitions, and discuss how competition winners conveyed the value of the exhibition to their audience.
  3. See the role exhibitions play in establishing the cultural value and meaning of museums.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Jason Porter
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director of Education and Public Engagement
Organization: 
San Diego Museum of Man
Bio
Director of Education and Public Engagement at the San Diego Museum of Man. He worked as a classroom teacher for thirteen years, teaching Humanities and Special Education at the middle and high school levels before moving into the museum field. Prior to moving to San Diego, he served as the Associate Director of Education at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, where he oversaw content and programs for family, school, & teacher audiences.
Presenter: 
Jenny Sayre Ramberg
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Dir. Exhibit Planning & Design, Exhibits & Design
Organization: 
National Aquarium
Bio
Director of Planning and Design, Exhibits/Design, at the National Aquarium, Baltimore. She leads planning teams for new projects, recently opening The Living Seashore and is now working on the upcoming evolution of the exterior campus into a Model Urban Waterfront. Her projects span a range of topics from history, health, and science to natural history, engaging children with nature, and environmental issues.
Presenter: 
Robert DeHart
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Curator
Organization: 
Tennessee State Museum
Bio
Rob DeHart is a Curator at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville and is currently working on content for a for a new state history museum that will open in 2018. Besides being actively involved with CurCom, he is an AAM peer reviewer and Humanities Tennessee consultant.
Presenter: 
Stacey Swigart
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Curator, Collections
Organization: 
Please Touch Museum
Bio
Curator for Please Touch Museum--instrumental in the development/transformation of museum experiences for the 2008 move of the organization. An advocate for play and learning for young children (and all audiences), Stacey works closely with a variety of organizations on topics of play, learning, history and pop culture. Recently was part of the AAM Direct Care Task Force and is coordinator for Excellence in Exhibition competition.
Presenter: 
Susan Foutz
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director of Research and Evaluation
Organization: 
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Bio
Director of Research and Evaluation, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis: leads the study design and implementation of the museum's evaluations for exhibitions and programs. Evaluation Consultant at the Institute for Learning Innovation (co-edited the books In Principle, In Practice and Free-Choice Learning and the Environment). MA, Museum Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; BA, Sociology/Anthropology, Ohio Wesleyan University.