- 2/28/2014: The Art of Museum Exhibitions Listen Now
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In a career spanning three decades, Anne Ackerson served as director of several historic house museums and historical societies in central and eastern New York, the director of the Museum Association of New York, and now currently serves as the executive director of the Council of State Archivists. Anne is a frequent workshop presenter and author, focusing on issues of board and organizational development, governance issues, and planning. She writes regularly about management and leadership issues for cultural institutions in her blog, Leading by Design (http://leadingbydesign.blogspot.com). View Guest page
Maxwell Anderson is the Eugene McDermott Director at the Dallas Museum of Art. He holds a bachelors degree from Dartmouth College and a masters and doctorate in art history from Harvard University. Max began his museum career as a curatorial assistant at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has held director positions at several prestigious museums including the Michael C. Carlos Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. He is a former president of the Association of Art Museum Directors and trustee of the American Federation of Arts. He helped found the Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) in 1997 and the Art Museum Network in 1999. In 2008, he modeled museum transparency with the award-winning IMA Dashboard and in 2009, he launched ArtBabble, a site for art museums worldwide to share video content View Guest page
Dr. Leslie Bedford
Dr. Bedford’s commitment to continuous organizational learning reflects her rich staff experience at the Boston Children’s Museum and Brooklyn Historical Society, twelve years as a senior consultant with The Museum Group, and thirteen years as director of the Leadership in Museum Education Program at Bank Street College. A graduate of Vassar College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, she attended the Getty Leadership Institute and received her Ph.D. in Museum Studies from Union Institute and University. Her book, The Art of Museum Exhibitions. How Story and Imagination Create Aesthetic Experiences will be available through Left Coast Press in May 2014. View Guest page
Ford Bell joined AAM in 2007, the first new president in twenty years. Ford came to Washington from Minnesota where he taught and did clinical research at the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine. From 1995 to 2005, he was president and CEO of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, a prominent clinical cardiovascular research organization and a nationally recognized provider of community heart health education. While in Minnesota he also served museums as the co-chair of the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s and on the advisory board of the Bell Museum. Since coming to AAM, Ford has introduced many changes to AAM’s structure and organization View Guest page
For over 25 years, Anne Bergeron has devoted her professional career to ensuring a vibrant, healthy cultural sector. An authority on nonprofit organizational development, fundraising and engagement, Anne helps organizations to plan for the future, enhance operations and leadership, expand outreach to constituents, and increase philanthropic support. She has worked with a variety of nonprofits, from the established to the start-up, in the fields of arts, design, education and historic preservation. Anne is the co-author of Magnetic: The Art and Science of Engagement (AAM Press, 2013). Anne founded her consulting firm to provide planning, organizational and resource development services to a range of cultural sector clients. Previously, she held senior posts at the National Writers Voice Project, the Missouri Arts Council, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Dallas Museum of Art, where she led its external affairs division and advanced its focus on participatory community engagement. Anne is a member of The Museum Group. www.bergeronconsulting.com View Guest page
Marianne Bez is an independent professional who works with museums and non-profits to strengthen their performance through coherent communications and successful execution of strategic planning, membership development, fund raising and public relations. She holds a Masters degree in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program where she was as a guest lecturer on the topics of membership and public relations. She co-authored AASLH Technical Leaflet #237 “Membership Matters: Establishing a Vital Membership Program in Your Museum” which was published in 2007. View Guest page
Bill Booth is an independent consultant, working with museums and community organizations, helping them learn, plan, and increase their impact. He is also a senior consultant for museum funding for the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and consults with the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation helping community organizations increase their impact and relevance.
Bill began his science center career in 1978 as a volunteer at the Cranbrook Museum of Science in Michigan. Since that time he has worked in all aspects of museum education, exhibitions and administration. He was Vice President of Exhibits and Programs at The Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia and was the Founding President of COSI Toledo, now called Imagination Station. Under his leadership, COSI Toledo was awarded the 2005 Institute for Museum and Library Services national Award for Museum Service. Bill is active in the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) and the Association of Children’s Museums and has served on the boards of ASTC, and many local community organizations and independent schools. Bill received his BS and Elementary Teaching Certification from the University of Michigan. Bill@BoothLearning.com View Guest page
Stephen Brand is the Contract Director of Programs and Marketing at the Creative Education Foundation and Adjunct Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Olin College of Engineering. As an executive and consultant, Stephen has worked on the creation of new and expanded ventures in large corporate, entrepreneurial and non-profit settings, including US Olympic Committee, Ford Motor Company, Polaroid, The Jim Henson Company, Children’s Television Workshop, Liberty Science Center, Forbes Invention and Technology Magazine, Museum of Science - Boston, and many others. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in entrepreneurship, corporate strategy, marketing management, leadership, and organizational behavior. Stephen holds a doctorate of management from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. His doctoral research explored the early development and personal characteristics that led to success of corporate engineers and inventors. View Guest page
David Carr is a consultant and writer, author of numerous books on learning and context including Open Conversations: Public Learning in Libraries and Museums (2011, Libraries Unlimited), A Place Not a Place: Reflection and Possibility in Museums and Libraries (2006, AltaMira Press) and The Promise of Cultural Institutions (2003, AltaMira Press). David holds a doctorate in Library Service from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, a masters degree from Teachers College of Columbia University and a bachelors degree from Drew University. David makes his home in Georgia where he continues to write and lecture. View Guest page
After fruitful work as museum registrar at the Mercer Museum, Strong Museum and the Smithsonian, Mary Case co-founded Quality Management to a Higher Power, a community of consultants. Qm² helps museums and cultural organizations build successful futures by implementing powerful and proven concepts of leadership, management, interpretation and organizational design: www.qm2.org This month, Mary is preparing for her role as lead faculty in the Institute of Cultural Entrepreneurship: http://www.instituteforculturalentrepreneurship.org. Mary has a BA Magna cum laude in American Studies from Temple University in Philadelphia and a MA in Museum Studies from SUNY, Cooperstown, New York. View Guest page
Dr. Sarah J. Chicone
Dr. Sarah J. Chicone is Senior Lecturer and Assistant Director of the Museum Studies Graduate Program at Johns Hopkins University. She has been lead curator, developer, and designer for natural history, anthropology, contemporary art, and history exhibitions. Sarah has has worked in a variety of capacities that range from Director of Exhibits for a small natural history museum to a content developer and coordinator for an exhibition design company. Her academic and professional interests include natural history, material culture studies, informal science education, cultural heritage, exhibition design and display, and global museum initiatives and partnerships, as well as the archaeology of working class poverty, and public archaeology. Dr. Chicone holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology (Archaeology) from Binghamton University, an M.A. in Anthropology (Archaeology) and a graduate certificate in Museum Management from the University of South Carolina, and a B.A. from Lake Forest College. View Guest page
Michael Day is the Chief Executive of Historic Royal Palaces, the education and conservation charity responsible for the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and the Banqueting House in Whitehall. Under Michael’s leadership, the organization has achieved financial success through a strong focus on income generation, including establishing a fundraising program. At the same time, HRP has become known for the clarity of its mission and its ability to attract wide audiences. Michael received his degree from the University of Leeds and attended the Getty Leadership Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a faculty member of the University of East Anglia Museum Leadership Programme and co-directed the Nordic Museum Leadership Programme in Denmark. He lectures extensively on cultural leadership issues throughout the world and has been honoured for his service in the heritage and museum sector. View Guest page
Julie Decker is the Director and CEO of the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Alaska's premier art, history, science and cultural institution. Julie envisioned the museum's Polar Lab, which combines exhibitions, scholarship, public programming and community outreach to explore the current and future state of the North through culture, community and the environment. Julie joined the museum in 2011 as chief curator. She previously owned and ran Decker/Morris Gallery in Anchorage and was an instructor for the University of Alaska. She has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. She holds a Ph.D. in contemporary art history, criticism and management from Union Institute and University, a master's degree in arts administration from Golden Gate University, and bachelor degrees in Fine Art and Journalism from the University of Oregon. Her work as an artist has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions throughout Alaska and is in the Anchorage Museum collection View Guest page
John W. Durel, Ph.D.
John W. Durel, Ph.D. has more than thirty years experience working in and with museums and cultural organizations. Since 1997 he has consulted with nonprofit organizations nationwide, helping leaders with strategic planning, business planning, and board and staff development. In 2005, he formed Durel Consulting Partners with his wife, Anita N. Durel, CFRE. He has extensive experience working with leaders of all types of museums, including art, history, science and children’s. A core element of his practice is the operation of executive roundtables, in which museum executive directors meet regularly to learn best practices and innovative concepts. The emphasis is on practical solutions to the many challenges museum directors face. John has a Ph.D. in American History. He has written numerous articles on museum leadership and practice, including Building a Sustainable Nonprofit Organization, which was published in 2010 as an e-book by the AAM. View Guest page
Michael Edson is a strategist and thought leader at the forefront of digital transformation in the cultural sector. He has worked on numerous award-winning projects and has been involved in practically every aspect of technology and new media in museums including the development of the Smithsonian’s first Web and New Media Strategy; the Smithsonian’s first blog, Eye Level; and the first alternative reality game to take place in a museum, Ghosts of a Chance. Michael is a Presidential Distinguished Fellow at the Council on Libraries and Information Resources (USA), and he serves on the Open Knowledge Foundation’s OpenGLAM advisory board. Michael was a member of the National Endowment for the Arts "Art Works" task force, which mapped the relationship between the arts and the quality of life in American communities; he is an O'Reilly Foo Camp alumni; and he was named a "Tech Titan: person to watch" by Washingtonian magazine. Photo Credit Geert van den Boogard, 2010 View Guest page
Director of Interactivate Regan Forrest is a writer and interpretive planner. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Science Communication and a (soon to be complete) Ph.D. from the University of Queensland. She has been part of numerous exhibition development teams, working as both in-house staff and outside consultant. Regan has worked with the design firm Haley Sharpe where she was involved with the creation of the National Children’s Museum in Amman, Jordan and for Exhibition Studios to develop Hands on Democracy, an exhibition for 5-12-year olds at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Canberra. Regan blogs at reganforrest.com and is Director of Interactivate, a research and creative consultancy that specializes in museums and cultural heritage. View Guest page
Dr. Alan J. Friedman
Dr. Alan J. Friedman is a consultant in museum development and science communication, having worked with more than sixty institutions worldwide. From 1984 to 2006, Dr. Friedman was the director and CEO of the New York Hall of Science, New York City’s public science-technology center. Recognition for his work includes the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology, the Association of Science-Technology Centers’ Fellow Aware, the American Institute of Physics’ Andrew Gemant Award, the National Science Teachers Association’s Distinguished Informant Science Education Award. Before coming to New York, Dr. Friedman served two years as Conseiller Scientifique et Muséologique for the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, Paris. Dr. Friedman received his doctorate in physics from Florida State University and his bachelors from Georgia Institute of Technology. View Guest page
Paul Gabriel is a teacher and educational consultant with None and the American Alliance of Museums. He is based in the San Francisco Bay area. View Guest page
Ben Garcia is Acting Deputy Director at the San Diego Museum of Man. He has worked for sixteen years in various roles as an arts educator, museum educator, exhibit developer and administrator. His museum experience includes six years in the Education Department at the J. Paul Getty Museum, three years as Associate Director of Education at the Skirball Cultural Center and three years as Head of Interpretation at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley. He has lectured internationally and published on the museum’s role in learning, public value and social change. In 2010, Ben was named Pacific Region Museum Art Educator of the Year by the National Art Education Association. Ben is a graduate of the leadership in museum education program at Bank Street college and holds a B.A. in art history from the University of Massachusetts. View Guest page
Cecilia Garibay is principal of Garibay Group, a multicultural audience research and consulting firm that provides research, evaluation, and strategic consulting services to museums and other cultural organizations. Dr. Garibay regularly consults with institutions on audience development and community inclusion. She brings a bicultural/bilingual perspective to her work and specializes in culturally responsive and contextually relevant research and evaluation approaches. She also regularly conducts research in Spanish and English. Her research focuses on exhibits and programs in informal learning environments, particularly those aimed at reaching underrepresented audiences. Some of her recent efforts have involved research with Latino and other immigrant communities—particularly regarding leisure values and informal learning, conceptions of museums, and perceptions of science. View Guest page
Tom Hennes is principal of Thinc, the exhibition design firm he founded in 1995. Tom is particularly interested in exploring the ways in which exhibitions and other media can be designed to form and sustained active communities. Prior to launching Thinc, Tom designed for theatre and opera as well as corporate events and theme park attractions. Tom has taught and lectured about his work to a variety of audiences and his writing has appeared in Informal Learning Review and Curator. View Guest page
Elaine Heumann Gurian
Elaine Heumann Gurian is a consultant/advisor to museums and visitor centers worldwide who are beginning, building or reinventing themselves. Ms. Gurian is also a teacher, trainer and lecturer at many academic and in-service programs of museum studies. Elaine has held several prestigious positions within the Smithsonian including Deputy Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Deputy Director for Public Program Planning for the National Museum of the American Indian, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Museums. For sixteen years, she was the Director of the Exhibit Center, the public facility of the Boston Children’s Museum. Ms. Gurian is widely published. In 2006, Routledge published her volume, Civilizing the Museum: the Collected Writings of Elaine Heumann Gurian. She is editor for the volume. Institutional Trauma: The Effect of Major Change on Museum Staff and currently on the editorial board of the journal, Curator. In 2006, she was inducted as one of the 100 Centennial Honor Roll members by the American Association of Museums, who also honored her with the Distinguished Service to Museums Awards in 2004, the most prestigious recognition in the American museum profession. http://www.egurian.com/ View Guest page
Nik Honeysett is Head of Administration for the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, administrating the Getty's two campuses in Brentwood and Malibu. Formerly, he managed the Getty's Web Group and before moving to Los Angeles, he was Head of Production at Cogapp, a UK-based consultancy specializing in interactive and online multimedia for the cultural sector in Europe and the USA. He is a former chair of the American Association of Museum's Media and Technology Standing Professional Committee and currently sits on AAM's Board of Directors. His hobbies include writing short summary paragraphs about his career and referring to himself in the third person. Blog: www.musematic.net / midea.nmc.org Twitter: @nhoneysett View Guest page
Catherine Hughes, PhD
Catherine Hughes, PhD, is a hybrid theatre practitioner, museum professional, educator, and researcher. Currently, she is Director of Interpretation and Evaluation at Conner Prairie History Museum, where she oversees daily operations of six interpretive areas across more than 200 acres. Previously, Catherine was Project Director for Meet the Past, a 3-year initiative to transform the visitor experience at the Atlanta History Center. She has also worked at the Museum of Science, Boston and the London Science Museum, and founded the International Museum Theatre Alliance. Catherine has consulted with a number of institutions, such as the National Museum of Australia, University of Manchester (UK), and the Center for Chemical Evolution at Emory University. Her book, Museum Theatre: Communicating with Visitors through Drama, was published by Heinemann. She has lectured and written widely on the use of theatre in museums. View Guest page
Robert R. Janes
Robert R. Janes is the Editor-in-Chief of Museum Management and Curatorship, a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester (UK), an Adjunct Professor of Archaeology at the University of Calgary, Canada, and the former President and CEO of the Glenbow Museum (1989-2000). His previous publications include Looking Reality in the Eye: Museums and Social Responsibility (with Gerald T.Conaty - 2005), Museum Management and Marketing (with Richard Sandell - 2007), Museums in a Troubled World (2009) and Museums and the Paradox of Change (2013). View Guest page
Gretchen Jennings is a museum educator, administrator, and exhibition project director who worked at the Smithsonian for almost 15 years. She was a project director or senior staff member on traveling exhibitions Invention at Play and Psychology, both receiving AAM awards of excellence. Since leaving SI in 2007 she has been Editor of the Exhibitionist, the journal of the National Association for Museum Exhibition (NAME). With an MA in History, specializing in European and African history, she has had a lifelong interest in cross cultural understanding and communication. For the past five years she has traveled to India every other year to teach museum studies to museum professionals in Kolkata (Calcutta). She blogs at Museum Commons View Guest page
Dr. Richard A. Kissel
Dr. Richard A. Kissel is Director of Public Programs at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. He is a vertebrate paleontologist, science educator, and author with more than 20 years of experience within the museum field. He has traveled the globe to excavate and study the remains of dinosaurs and other ancient beasts, with research interests focused on paleoecology and macroevolutionary trends. Richard is a featured scientist online at NOVA’s scienceNOW, and he was the lead curator and a developer for Evolving Planet, The Field Museum’s exhibition on the history of Earth and its life. Richard has authored scientific articles, popular pieces, and children's books, and his artwork has been featured in exhibitions, scientific and popular articles, and the New York Post. He is also an instructor for the Museum Studies Graduate Program at Johns Hopkins University. Richard holds a PhD in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of Toronto. View Guest page
Kiersten Latham is assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Sciences and MuseLab curator at Kent State University where she teaches courses in library and museum studies. Kiersten holds a PhD in library and information sciences from Emporia State, a masters in historical administration and museums studies from the University of Kansas and a BA in anthropology from the University of Michigan.
Kiersten has authored several books in addition to The Objects of Experience as well as many articles that have appeared in peer-reviewed journals. She is also a well-known speaker at museum and library conferences and has developed and installed numerous exhibitions. View Guest page
Matt Lehrman’s approach to audience building is grounded in a philosophy that the imperatives of relevance and sustainability demand a whole-organization commitment to engaging audiences. “Mind-opening, rut-clearing & possibility renewing” is how one recent attendee described the workshop experience. Matt Lehrman’s blog, AUDIENCE WANTED, is published by ArtsJournal. Previously, Matt served as founder & CEO of Alliance for Audience & ShowUp.com, an Arizona statewide initiative to activate public engagement in theatre, music, dance, art & cultural attractions. View Guest page
Kristin Leigh is the Deputy Director and Director of Community Engagement at Explora in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is responsible for membership, development, external relations, education, and exhibits. Kristin holds a Master in Education degree in Science Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University. She received an Informal Learning Certificate from the Center for Informal Learning and Schools at the Exploratorium and participated in Cohort 6 of the Noyce Leadership Institute. Kristin sits on the Informal Learning Committee of the Board of the National Science Education Leadership Association and has worked on a number of National Science Foundation-funded projects, like Playful Invention and Exploration, Learning Places, Science Firsthand, and was co-PI on Portal to the Public. Prior to entering the informal science community, she was a classroom teacher in Phoenix, Arizona. View Guest page
Polly McKenna-Cress is Department Chair and Program Director of Museum Exhibition Planning & Design at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is also Principal of the design firm Alusiv, Inc. From 1998-2003, Polly was Director of Exhibits and Design at the Franklin Institute where she oversaw design, production and installation of numerous permanent and traveling exhibitions. She has also held senior level positions in architectural and design offices. She holds an MFA from The University of the Arts and a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Polly is also the coauthor of Creating Exhibitions. Collaboration in the Planning, Development and Design of Innovative Experiences published in 2013 by Wiley Press. View Guest page
Tim McNeil is a Professor of Design at the University of California Davis and Director of the UC Davis Design Museum where his research focuses on exhibition design in relation to the curatorial process and explores the exhibition medium as a creative space for the effective communication of objects and narratives. Tim is also principal with Muniz/McNeil, a multidisciplinary design and research practice in Los Angeles. Recent projects include “Home Lands: How Women Made the West” at the Autry National Center and augmented learning environments for the Huntington Library and Gardens. Tim has been recognized for design excellence by the Society for Environmental Graphic Design, the University and College Designers Association, the American Alliance of Museums and the International Museum Design and Communication Association. Tim was previously a senior designer at the J. Paul Getty Museum. He holds an M.F.A. in exhibition design from University of Arts, London. View Guest page
Elizabeth E. Merritt
Elizabeth E. Merritt is founding director of the American Alliance of Museums’ Center for the Future of Museums. A biologist by training, she earned an M.A. in cell and molecular biology at Duke University. This led her to a series of positions at a children’s museum, a natural history museum and finally, Cincinnati Museum Center, where she was director of collections and research. Leaping to the association world, Elizabeth joined AAM in 1999, eventually leading the Excellence programs at the Alliance, including Accreditation, the Museum Assessment Program, peer review and the Information Center. In 2006 the Alliance Board approved the creation of a futurist initiative as one of the AAM Centennial projects, and Merritt hied herself off to Texas to complete the University of Houston’s certificate course in Strategic Foresight. Her areas of expertise include museum standards and best practices, ethics, collections management and planning, and assessment of nonprofit performance View Guest page
Dana Mitroff Silvers
Dana Mitroff Silvers is a digital strategy consultant and design thinking facilitator, specializing in arts and cultural institutions. Dana helps organizations use design thinking, a user-centered process for innovation, to conceptualize, develop, and implement projects ranging from website re-launches to exhibition redesigns. Her blog, Design Thinking for Museums, is a popular resource among museum professionals, and she is a frequent speaker at professional conferences including museums and the Web, Museum Computer Network, and the American Alliance of Museums. Dana is the former head of the web at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where she oversaw the research, development, design, and production of the museum’s award winning site, www.sfmoma.org, for over 10 years. Dana holds an MA in art history from the University of Chicago and a BA in journalism from the University of Southern California. You can reach Dana at www.designinginsights.com or @dmitroff on Twitter Read her blog at www.designthinkingformuseums.net. View Guest page
Mary Ellen Munley
Mary Ellen Munley is the principal of MEM & Associates, a consulting group dedicated to enhancing the role of museums in the lives of people and their communities. Mary Ellen brings 30 years of experience in museum education, administration, evaluation and professional service to the tasks museums face as they work to maximize their public value. Recent projects include evaluation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s 13- year old program for youth, Bringing the Lessons Home, and the international dissemination project for the New York Hall of Science’s 20-year-old program, Science Career Ladder. Mary Ellen has authored dozens of articles and has delivered scores of presentations at conferences and symposia. Her most recent publication, “Evaluating Public Value” Strategy and Practice?” appears in Museums and Public Value: Creating Sustainable Futures. Carol A. Scott (ed). Surrey, England: Ashgate, 2013. View Guest page
Linda Norris is an independent museum professional who focuses on shaping compelling narratives, improving professional practice and listening to communities. She is the co-author, with Rainey Tisdale, of Creativity in Museum Practice, (Left Coast Press, 2013). Linda has worked on interpretive projects and developed professional development opportunities for museums and cultural organizations in the United States, Canada, and Europe including the American Association for State and Local History, Connecticut Humanities, the Berkshire Museum and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. Linda was a Fulbright Scholar in 2009 and 2010 to Ukraine, teaching museum studies and working with museums throughout Ukraine. Linda writes the widely read blog The Uncataloged Museum and is a co-founder of The Pickle Project. Most recently, she’s expanded her own creative and professional horizons through work with Context Travel, conducting professional development seminars in 25 great cultural capitals of the world in the last year and is a member of the tri-national social media team for the upcoming Museums and Politics conference in St. Petersburg, Russia. View Guest page
Caren is the principal and owner of Oberg Research, a research and evaluation firm based in New York. Caren holds a B.A. in anthropology from American University and an M.A. in arts and teaching from George Washington University Museum Education Program. She founded Oberg Research in 2005 to help museums of all sizes to reach their potential and fulfill their mission. View Guest page
For over 30 years, Paul Orselli has worked to create inventive and playful museums and exhibits. He is now the President and Chief Instigator at POW! (Paul Orselli Workshop, Inc.) an exhibit design and development corporation that he founded. Paul has consulted on museum projects throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East. His clients include such notable organizations as the New York Hall of Science, the Exploratorium, the National Science Foundation, and Science Projects in London. He has taught and lectured at universities on museum topics and has presented at professional conferences throughout North America and Europe. Paul has also been the editor and originator of the three best-selling Cheapbooks, published by ASTC, and has served on the board of NAME (National Association for Museum Exhibition). He lives on Long Island with his wife and “in-house exhibit testing crew” of four children. View Guest page
Bill Owens has a broad base of experience in management, planning and business analysis. Since founding Owens Economics, LLC and for over 30 years with Economics Research Associates (ERA) and AECOM Economics, Bill has directed or participated in numerous consulting assignments involving museums, historical and cultural attractions, and visitor centers. These assignments have been undertaken at the strategic level and at the level of individual project feasibility. Bill’s work with museums and with historical and cultural attractions has benefited from his extensive experience in working with a variety of commercial attractions. For museum clients, Bill has provided advice on the economics of development and financial operations for new and expanding museums and attractions. Clients have ranged from institutions of national/international significance, such as the American Museum of Natural History and Mystic Seaport to institutions with more regional and local audiences, such as the Virginia Aquarium and Fort Collins Discovery Center. Bill earned a B.S. degree from the United States Naval Academy, and earned his M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. View Guest page
Nancy Proctor is Deputy Director for Digital Experience and Communications at the Baltimore Museum of Art and Co-chair of Museums and the Web. Previously she headed up Mobile Strategy and Initiatives at the Smithsonian Institution and New Media Initiatives at the Smithsonian's American Art Museum. Nancy holds a Ph.D. in American art history and a background in filmmaking, curation and art criticism. She published her first online exhibition in 1995. She co-founded TheGalleryChannel.com with Titus Bicknell to present virtual tours of innovative exhibitions alongside comprehensive global museum and gallery listings. She also directed Antenna’s sales in France and worked with the Travel Channel’s product development team. Nancy served as program chair for the Museums Computer Network (MCN) conference and has co-organized the Tate Handheld conference among other gatherings for cultural professionals. She also manages MuseumMobile.info, its wiki and podcast series, and is Digital Co-editor of Curator: The Museum Journal. View Guest page
Beth Redmond-Jones is the Senior Director of Public Programs at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Beth has developed, designed, and project managed exhibitions and programs for numerous cultural institutions and held a number of senior positions in museums. Beth holds a Masters in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University and a BA in Art History from the University of New Hampshire. Beth serves on the board of the National Association for Museum Exhibition, a Standing Professional Committee of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). Beth has received many awards including AAM’s annual exhibition competition and the AAM Media and Technology Committee MUSE awards.
In 2006, Beth was recognized as a next generation leader who demonstrates creativity or innovation in leadership, learning, or organizational change, by the convergence of Museum Talent Project. Beth has been exploring how museums can more effectively serve those in the autism community and those with sensory stimulation challenges. She is also the mother of a young adult who has high-functioning autism. You can follow Beth on twitter at @bredmondjones where she tweets about museums and autism. View Guest page
Laura Roberts has an active consulting practice (Roberts Consulting), working with nonprofit organizations on strategic planning, assessment, staff and board training, and organizational development. She has worked with more than 150 museums, professional associations and other cultural nonprofits. She is on the faculty of Harvard University Extension, Bank Street College of Education and the Seminar in Historical Administration. Laura is the chair of the advisory board of the Tufts University Art Gallery and serves on the University Gifts of Art committee. Other current board membership includes the Mary Baker Eddy Library and Central Square Theater. She also serves on the editorial review panel of the Journal of Museum Education. Laura holds an M.B.A. in public and nonprofit management from Boston University School of Management, an M.A. in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program of the State University of New York, and a B.A. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University. View Guest page
An experienced museum practitioner and student of leadership and change, Randy Roberts has a broad and diverse work history that spans multiple disciplines, skills, and proficiencies. She has worked in museum education, visitor services, visitor studies and evaluation, exhibition and program development, interpretive planning, marketing, membership, and volunteer management, and has served as Director of Public Programs at the New York State Museum, Deputy Director at the Schenectady Museum, and Deputy Director at the Crocker Art Museum. She has also consulted with museums nationally and was the first Manager of the Visitor Studies Association. Randy holds a Masters degree in public administration and a Ph.D. in leadership and change. Her research is focused on exploring the essence of museums and their potential role in society as places situated at the fusion of the past, present, and future. She believes in the value of museums as sites of being, being with others, and finding connection in conversation with people and with objects. View Guest page
Maureen K. Robinson
Maureen K. Robinson is the author of Nonprofit Boards that Work: The End of One-Size-Fits-All Governance, published by John Wiley & Sons. She is a consultant and speaker on topics relating to the leadership, governance and management of the nonprofit sector. In her work with nonprofit organizations, she focuses on governance and leadership, organizational development, and strategic planning. In addition to her most recent book, Ms. Robinson is the author of Developing the Nonprofit Board: Strategies for Educating and Motivating Board Members and The Chief Executive’s Role in Developing the Nonprofit Board, both published by the National Center for Nonprofit Boards (BoardSource). Ms. Robinson founded the education program of the National Center for Nonprofit Boards (now called BoardSource). Prior to joining the National Center for Nonprofit Boards, Ms. Robinson held a variety of positions in the museum field. She was the director of legislative affairs at the American Association of Museums, and served in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Museums at the Smithsonian Institution, where she conducted executive-level searches and managed special projects. View Guest page
Terrie Rouse served during the start-up phase as the Chief Operating Officer for the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta that opened in June 2014. She was the founding CEO for the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center and as Executive Vice President/Director of Museums for Kansas City’s Union Station renovation. She also provided consultant services to a number of cultural, non-profit organizations across the United States, including a joint project between the City of Philadelphia, the National Park Service, and Independence National Historic Park and work with the City of Charleston on the development of the International African American Museum.
She also worked as a consultant for the King Abdulaziz Center For World Culture, in Daharan, Saudi Arabia. Ms. Rouse served as Executive Director of the Atlanta Ballet; President and CEO of the African American Museum in Philadelphia; Director of the New York Transit Museum; and Executive Director at the Children’s Museum of Maine. In addition, she has served on a number of professional associations and boards and has published extensively in many academic and art publications. View Guest page
Harvey Seifter, founder and director of Art of Science Learning (www.artofsciencelearning) is one of the world’s leading authorities on organizational creativity and arts‐based learning. Through Seifter Associates (www.seifterassociates.com), the consulting firm he founded in 1995, Harvey has brought arts¬‐based approaches to innovation, leadership development, teamwork and cross-¬cultural communication to Fortune 500 companies as well as universities. Harvey is also a classically trained musician with a 25-year career at the helm of distinguished arts organizations including Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Magic Theatre of San Francisco. In 2001, Harvey wrote Leadership Ensemble: Lessons in Collaborative Management from the World’s Only Conductor less Orchestra (Holt/Times Books), since translated into nine languages and published worldwide View Guest page
Marsha Semmel is one of the great thinkers in the museum field. Marsha has worked in and for museums since 1975, dedicating her career to encouraging museums to be responsive and supportive leaders in their communities. An advisor for the Noyce Leadership Institute, Marsha served as Director for the Office of Strategic Partnerships at the Institute for Museum and Library Services. She has also served on the Board of the American Association of Museums. Prior to coming to Washington, DC, Marsha was President of the Women of the West Museum and President and CEO of Conner Prairie Living History Museum. View Guest page
Jeffrey K. Smith
Jeffrey K. Smith is Professor of Education and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Education at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Prior to coming to Otago, he was Professor and Chair of the Educational Psychology Department at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. From 1988 through 2005, he also served as Head of the Office of Research and Evaluation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He studies issues in learning in cultural institutions, educational assessment, and the psychology of aesthetics. He has written or edited seven books and over 70 articles and reviews on these subjects.
He received his A.B. from Princeton University and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He is the founding Co-Editor of the journal, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. In 2011 he was awarded the Rudolph Arnheim Award for Outstanding Career Contributions to the Psychology of the Arts by Division 10 of the American Psychological Association. Jeffrey consults with museums interested in developing research projects. He can be reached at email@example.com View Guest page
Koven Smith has been a digital technology leader for the Denver Art Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Indianapolis Museum of Art. As the owner of his own consulting practice KineticMuseums, Koven is helping museums develop real strategies for the 21st century. Koven was a recent keynote speaker at the MuseumNext 2014 conference. He is also the creator of Drinking About Museums, a meet up group for museum professionals to share ideas and creative thoughts about the work they love. Koven can be reached through a variety of electronic means including firstname.lastname@example.org and @5easypieces on Twitter. View Guest page
Myriam Springuel founded Springuel Consulting in 1995 to help museums and related nonprofits respond to change. She has held senior level positions in museums including as the Associate Director for Programs at the Smithsonian Institution traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and Assistant to the Director at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. She serves on various boards and advisory councils and is currently the president of The Museum Group. She holds a masters degree in art history from the University of Maryland and a bachelors degree from Tufts University. You may continue the conversation with Myriam at www.springuelconsulting.com View Guest page
Greg Stevens runs the Professional Development program for the American Alliance of Museums. Since taking on this program in 2007, Greg has launched AAM’s first online education programs, the AAM Career Café and National Emerging Museum Professional Career Workshop. Greg is a national presenter and lecturer on the career development and leadership. Greg has held numerous positions in museums and for museum organizations. Greg holds a masters in museum education from The George Washington University and bachelors in theater design from San Diego State University. View Guest page
Sarah Sutton Brophy
Sarah Sutton Brophy, LEED-AP, is an independent consultant helping museums and other cultural institutions become environmentally and financially sustainable through grants, mainstreaming activities and green performances. She is also a a LEED-accredited professional through the U.S. Green Building Council. She is the author of The Green Nonprofit, The First 52 Weeks of Your Green Journey, coauthor of The Green Museum and blogs at Sustainable Museums. Sarah has worked in museums in new England, the Mid-Atlantic, Colorado and Montana. She holds a BA in American Studies from Sweet Briar College, an MA in history from the College of William & Mary and a certificate in history administration from the William & Mary Program with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. She lives on Eastern Shore of Maryland. View Guest page
Rainey Tisdale is an independent curator, based in Boston, who specializes in city museums and local history. She spent most of the last decade working for the Bostonian Society. In 2010 she was a Fulbright Scholar in Helsinki, Finland, and in 2011 she was a community fellow at Brown University’s Center for Public Humanities. With Linda Norris (Museum Life guest on April 4, 2014), Rainey is co-author of Creativity in Museum Practice (Left Coast Press, 2013). She blogs at CityStories and teaches in the Museum Studies Graduate Program at Tufts University. She is currently wrapping up a year-long project as Curator for #BostonBetter, the effort by 26 Boston-area cultural institutions to provide programming for the first anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing. You can reach Rainey at raineytisdale.com. View Guest page
Beth Tuttle is President and CEO of the Cultural Data Project. She has more than 25 years of experience as an author, strategist, and management leader in the cultural, philanthropic, advocacy, and corporate sectors. Previously, Beth founded and served as Managing Director of METStrategies, LLC, a strategic consulting firm specializing in leadership development, planning, communications, and branding for social benefit organizations. She served as Deputy Director and Chief of External Relations and Planning for the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and as Senior Vice President for Communications for The Freedom Forum and Newseum. She is a graduate of Brown University, Beth is co-author of Magnetic: The Art and Science of Engagement. She serves on the Board of Advisors for the National Center for Arts Research at Southern Methodist University and is a member of The Museum Group. Beth is the co-author of Magnetic: The Art and Science of Engagement (AAM Press, 2013). View Guest page
Jasper is a change agent, innovator and facilitator, specializing in culture, heritage and the arts. With over ten years of international experience, he helps institutions deal with challenges, formulate strategies for the future and build successful teams. Jasper focuses on digital strategies, new media and technology, audience development and innovative business models. Jasper can be reached at http://inspiredbycoffee.com. View Guest page
Born and raised in Scotland, Stephen Watson attended the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. He relocated to Louisiana in 1994 and earned his MBA and BS from Nicholls State University. Stephen held the positions of Development Director and Membership Manager at 89.9 WWNO, the NPR affiliate radio station for New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana. In September 2002, Stephen, the grandson of a British WWII fighter pilot, joined the then-National D-Day Museum as Director of Membership, launching a national membership campaign that in its first 18 months helped increase the Museum’s membership base from 5,000 to 60,000. In 2004, Stephen was promoted to Associate Vice President of Development, and in 2009 he was appointed Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, managing the Museum’s daily operations, educational programming, collections and acquisitions, and marketing and public relations. In January 2014, Stephen was promoted to Executive Vice President. View Guest page
Susie Wilkening works with Reach Advisors, a strategy, research and predictive analytics firm serving some of the nation’s most innovative community-driven enterprises. At Reach, Susie focuses on serving the nation’s leading museums, state historical and humanities councils, and museum service organizations. Prior to joining the firm in 2006, Susie was the Executive Director of the Saratoga County Historical Society and Development Director of Historic-Huguenot Street. Susie earned a bachelors degree from Georgia Tech and a masters from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture at the University of Delaware. Susie is a noted speaker at national museum conferences. She is the lead author of Life Stages of the Museum Visitor and editor of the Museum Audience Insight blog. View Guest page
Elee Wood is associate professor and director of the Museum Studies Program in the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) with a joint appointment in education, IU School of Education. In addition, she serves as the public scholar of museums, families, and learning in a joint appointment with The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis working specifically on audience research and evaluation, and exhibition development.
Elee got her start in museums as a Wizard Wing volunteer at the Milwaukee Public Museum and worked as an exhibit developer and public programs manager at Minnesota Children’s Museum. She holds a PhD in Education for Community and MEd in Youth Development Leadership from the University of Minnesota and a BA in Dramatic Arts from Macalester College. View Guest page
February 21, 2014
Hosted by Carol Bossert
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Exhibitions remain a defining feature of the museum experience and their creation is a key element of museum work. Yet talking about the process of exhibit making can leave the impression that there isn’t much relationship between theory and practice. If there aren’t hard and fast rules about creating exhibits, are there at least guidelines? Can we teach others to create exhibits, learn from others’ mistakes and advance the field or is exhibit making one of those things you only learn by doing? Polly McKenna-Cress will address these and other questions surrounding this important and fascinating part of museum work.
Friday at 7 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel
Museums attract millions of visitors each year and employ thousands. Yet modern museum practice is relatively new. Museum Life, hosted by Carol Bossert, charts the growth and development of this emerging cultural business. Museum Life showcases leaders in the field who provide perspective on current issue as well as creative thinkers who are impacting the future of museums. Join the conversation every Friday at 10 AM Eastern Time/7 AM Pacific Time on the Voice America Variety Channel.
Carol Bossert loves the promise and potential of museums. She has spent her career working in and for these important cultural organizations that include traditional collection-based institutions as well as science centers, national parks, children’s museums and visitor centers. Since establishing her own museum consulting practice in 1998, Carol has worked with more than forty cultural institutions to help them develop exhibitions, programs and activities that engage audiences and transform communities. Her client list includes the Smithsonian Institution, National Park Service, Great Lakes Science Center, International Spy Museum, North Carolina Museum of Natural History, and international clients in China, Mexico and Saudi Arabia.
Carol is a planner, facilitator, writer and teacher. She holds a doctoral degree in biology and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Zoology from DePauw University. She is a graduate of the J. Paul Getty Museum Management Institute and has served professional organizations such as the American Alliance of Museums, Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, Visitor Studies Association and Museum Education Roundtable. She was a contributor to A Life in Museums: Managing Your Museum Careers, published in 2012 by the American Alliance of Museums. She is also a member of The Museum Group, an organization of senior professionals in museum practice.