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Call for Papers for Fall 2013 Exhibitionist, the journal of the National Association for Museum Exhibition

DATELINE: March 20, 2013

View back issues of Exhibitionist on the Exhibitionist section of this website.

Issue Theme:  Museums and New Media: What’s Disappearing? What’s Evolving? What’s to Come?

In this issue we hope to examine the impact of new media on museums, with a particular focus on exhibitions.

How are new digital technology and media affecting the care and management of collections– living or non-living–on which exhibitions are based?  Are once standard practices and procedures for collections care and management, for exhibition development and interpretation disappearing–no longer valued or needed?  What is the impact of this development?

How are new media shaping the ways in which exhibitions are conceived, designed and developed, interpreted, accessed, or assessed?  What about the impact on visitors and their participation and engagement with exhibition?

What’s way out there on the cutting edge for exhibitions in the future?

Proposals need not be limited to just these issues, and can include research, essays, and case studies that analyze/comment on/critique the impact of new technology and media on museums of all types and disciplines, and the exhibitions they produce. As much as possible, if a case study or research project is submitted, the article should not focus on a single project or museum without raising questions or throwing light on larger issues that are widely applicable. Proposals from colleagues around the world are welcome.

Deadlines
Proposal deadline: April 12, 2013. 250 word maximum.  Briefly describe your article; how it relates to issue theme; your background/qualifications for writing the article.  Proposals will be vetted by our editorial advisory board, and you will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance within several weeks. A style sheet will be sent to you when your proposal is accepted.
First draft deadline:  June 21, 2013.   2000 word maximum.  Your article will be returned by early-mid July with comments and edits by editorial advisors and editor.
Final article deadline: August 9, 2013.  Final article due with four or five images, credits, and captions.

Gretchen Jennings
Editor, Exhibitionist, the journal of the National Association for Museum Exhibition (NAME)
gretchenjennings@rcn.com

 

2013 Annual Conference Fellowships

DATELINE: January 21, 2013

Want to attend the AAM annual meeting in Baltimore? Need some support to make it happen? It's time to apply for a fellowship!

Recipients will receive airfare to and from Baltimore, conference registration, per diem, lodging and tickets to selected events. Fellows affiliated with NAME will also be paired with a meeting mentor--a great opportunity to expand your network!

Fellowships are available to full-time students, museum employees, and those working for the success of museums in museum service organizations, professional training programs, colleges/universities, government agencies and other nonprofit organizations.

Visit www.aam-us.org/events/annual-meeting/register/fellowships for more information and download application today!
2013 AAM Fellowship Application

 

 

2013 Excellence in Exhibition Label Writing Competition

DATELINE: October 3, 2012

CurCom’s annual Excellence in Exhibition Label Writing Competition is now accepting submissions for the 2013 competition.


Call for Entries
2013 Excellence in Exhibition Label Writing Competition
Submission Deadline: December 21, 2012

Excellent exhibition labels are clear, concise, and captivating. This combination is not easily achieved, and the writers and editors who craft the best label copy often go unrecognized.

The Excellence in Exhibition Label Writing Competition is designed to showcase examples of great label writing, identify innovative approaches, highlight best practices, and help us learn from one another. The competition cannot achieve this goal without a strong pool of entries.

Please submit examples of great label writing and encourage your colleagues to participate.

For more information, including guidelines and a link to the new online submission form, visit www.curcom.org/curcom_comp_labels.php.

 

 

2012 NAME Exhibitionist Survey Report

DATELINE: August 9, 2012

Due to upcoming changes to the structure of AAM’s professional committees, the National Association for Museum Exhibitions conducted a survey of current and potential readers of NAME’s professional journal, Exhibitionist.

Thanks to the generous participation of nearly six hundred respondents, the survey met its goals to gather information that would assist in planning for the upcoming transition, including data on price points, perceptions of quality, format, and intention to subscribe.

Follow this link to read a complete report on the results of the survey:

2012 NAME Exhibitionist Survey Report

& thank you to everybody who participated.

 

 

Winners of the 24th Annual Excellence in Exhibitions

 

DATELINE: May 1, 2012

The Excellence in Exhibitions Competition recognizes exhibitions for overall excellence or for stretching the limits of exhibition content and design through innovation. Entries are peer reviewed based on criteria in seven major categories: audience awareness; content and education; curatorship and collections; evaluation; interpretation and communication; design and production; and human comfort and accessibility. Awards are sponsored by four of AAM's Professional Networks including the Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation (CARE), Curators Committee (CurCom), Education Committee (EdCom) and National Association of Museum Exhibition (NAME). Elizabeth Kunz Kollmann, the 2012 Excellence in Exhibitions Competition coordinator, said of this year’s entries, “I was really impressed with the 18 entries that we received for the Excellence in Exhibitions competition this year. Not only did they represent a broad range of topics from  rock and roll music to folk art to state history, they also showed a commitment of these museums to exceptional design, addressing visitor needs, providing extraordinary educational opportunities, and tackling tough content.”

2012 Awards

Overall Excellence: Detroit Institute of Arts, Through African Eyes: The European in African Art, 1500 to the Present

This temporary exhibition examined works of art created over 500 years that serve as a visual record of diverse, evolving relationships between Africans and Westerners. The core intent of the show was to present Africans’ perspectives on a range of topics, including pre-existing beliefs about whiteness, trade and settlement, slavery and colonization, assimilation and resistance, and contemporary economic, political, and cultural globalization. The Excellence in Exhibitions Competition chose this exhibition as its overall winner because of the project’s excellent integration of visitor research and evaluation, inventive design, and clear presentation of challenging content.

Special Distinction – Eloquent Presentation of Topic: Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center, Across the Wire: Voices from Heart Mountain

This permanent exhibition explores the stories of World War II internment camps in the United States. Exhibits and displays reveal how rights were denied to Japanese Americans during WWII. Visitors are prompted to think about the relevance of the Heart Mountain experience to current events and the debate about the balance between freedom and national security. The Excellence in Exhibitions Competition chose this exhibition for an award of special distinction because of its sensitive and eloquent presentation of a difficult topic.

Special Distinction – Innovative Reframing of Collections: Natural History Museum, Los Angeles County, Dinosaur Hall

This permanent exhibition brings science to life in ways that are relevant and interesting to audiences and highlights the latest discoveries and the process of scientific discovery about dinosaurs. The exhibition is organized around the major questions that drive scientific research on dinosaurs today such as: “What are dinosaurs?” “What was their world like?” “What were they like as living animals?” and “What happened to them?” The Excellence in Exhibitions Competition chose this exhibition for an award of special distinction because of its inventive and inspired framing of an often-told museum topic.

Special Distinction – Exemplary Inclusion of Community Voices: Oakland Museum of California, Coming to California

This permanent exhibition provides a history of California’s people from pre-contact Native cultures to today. The overall goal of the exhibition is to provide a new type of public space within the museum—an inclusive place of inquiry, reflection, and public conversation about the history of California, with room for ongoing contributions by the museum’s communities over time. The Excellence in Exhibitions Competition chose this exhibition for an award of special distinction because of its strong commitment to addressing community needs and including community voices.

Honorable Mention: The New York Public Library, Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam

This temporary exhibition highlighted the New York Public Library’s collection of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic materials with the goal of sharing information about the histories, connections, and differences between the three Abrahamic religions; fostering appreciation for the creation of these materials; and engaging diverse audiences. The Excellence in Exhibitions Competition chose this exhibition for an honorable mention award because of its topical significance, beautiful design, and inclusion of an interactive exhibit space.


 

 

Call for Submissions: 24th Annual Excellence in Exhibition Competition

Entries are currently being accepted for the 24th Annual Excellence in Exhibition Competition. The competition recognizes outstanding achievement in the exhibition format from all types of museums, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens and non-commercial institutions offering exhibitions to the public. The exhibition must have opened to the public between November 30, 2009 and November 30, 2011. Institutions submitting entries must have one team member who is a member of AAM.

The deadline for entries is January 18th, 2012 (Postmark Date). Winners will be announced at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Museums in Minneapolis St. Paul, MN in Spring 2012, and will receive national recognition in the AAM publication Museum. In addition, all entries will be displayed at the 2012 Marketplace of Ideas.

Download entry materials at http://care-aam.org

The Exhibition Competition is the joint project of four standing professional committees of the American Association of Museums -- the National Association for Museum Exhibition (NAME), the Curators' Committee (CurCom), the Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation (CARE) and the Committee on Education (EdCom).

If you have any questions, please let me know, ekollmann@mos.org.
Liz Kollmann
2012 Excellence in Exhibitions Competition Coordinator

 

Call for Entries: 2012 Excellence in Exhibition Label Writing Competition

Museums rely on exhibition labels to welcome and inform visitors in a clear, concise, and captivating manner. This combination is not easily achieved. By highlighting best practices and showcasing innovative work, the Excellence in Exhibition Label Writing Competition aims to inspire all of us to compose label text with greater care.

We invite you to submit your work and encourage others to participate. The submission deadline is Friday, December 9, 2011. This year’s panel of jurors includes label experts representing CurCom, EdCom, NAME, and last year’s awardees. Recognized labels will be on display at the 2012 AAM Annual Meeting and Museum Expo in Minneapolis.

Entering is easy. The submission guidelines are attached and available at www.curcom.org.

 

AAM 2012 Session Proposals

Calling all proposals! It’s time to think about next year’s AAM meeting in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Proposals seeking NAME endorsement are due online by July 15th, 2011. This year the Program chairs met to discuss key issues for our field, click here to download the document.

To increase the chances that the National Board will approve your session, there are 3 things you can do: align with one or more of the identified issues, develop a 101 or introductory level session, and/or ensure your session is participatory.

We’re looking forward to all of your good ideas.  As in previous years, your NAME Program Chairs, Judy Koke (judy_koke@ago.net) and Rita Mukherjee Hoffstadt (rmhoffstadt@fi.edu), are glad to work with you to develop a strong proposal.

 

2011 AAM Annual Meeting Student and Professional Fellowships

NAME will fund three fellowships (two students and one New Museum Professional) for the 2011 AAM Annual Meeting in Houston. The Fellowship will include conference registration, a $500 travel stipend, and attendance at NAME events with a NAME mentor.

In addition to attending the conference, recipients are expected to attend the NAME evening event and the NAME luncheon, both of which will occur during the AAM Annual Meeting in Houston, and the details of which will be announced.

See past fellowship recipients

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants for the Student Fellowship:
  • must be full-time graduate students engaged in an exhibition-related course of study in the United States
  • must not have previously attended the AAM Annual Meeting

Applicants for the New Museum Professional Fellowship:
  • must be working in the museum field with less than five years museum work experience
  • must not have previously attended the AAM Annual Meeting

Application

Eligible applicants should apply by sending:
Letter of interest (no more than two pages) which discusses your current course of study or work experience and career goals, indicates how attendance to the AAM Annual Meeting will benefit you and your course of study or work, and states how critical the financial award would be to your ability to attend the conference.
Current resume
Letter of recommendation/support from an internship supervisor, work supervisor, or academic advisor

Send all required materials via email by February 18, 2011
Email: Nina Simon, Museum 2.0
Subject line should read “NAME Fellowship.”

Questions

Contact Nina Simon, Museum 2.0

 

Nominations Are Now Being Accepted for the 23rd Annual Excellence in Exhibition Awards

DATELINE: 14 October 2010

Entries are currently being accepted for the 23rd Annual Excellence in Exhibition Competition. The competition recognizes outstanding achievement in exhibition from all types of museums, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens and non-commercial institutions offering exhibitions to the public. The exhibition must have opened to the public between November 30, 2008 and November 30, 2010. Institutions submitting entries must have one team member who is a member of the American Association of Museums (AAM). The deadline for entries is January 14th, 2011(Postmark Date).

Download a PDF of the entry requirements and submission form.

Winners will be announced at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Museums in Houston, Texas in 2010, and will receive national recognition in the AAM publication Museum News.  In addition, all entries will be displayed at the Marketplace of Ideas.

The Exhibition Competition is jointly sponsored by four standing professional committees of the American Association of Museums -- the National Association for Museum Exhibition (NAME), the Curators' Committee(CurCom), the Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation (CARE) and the Committee on Education(EdCom).

 

Call for Session Proposals for the 2011 AAM Conference

DATELINE: 7 June 2010

The theme for the 2011 AAM Conference, to be held in Houston, is the future of museums, in all its dimensions: future use of technology, future staffing/board needs; future relationships with community, and more.

 

The deadline for submission of proposals is July 16th.  Preference from AAM will be given to proposals that align well with the conference theme, offer innovative formats, aim at the  Nuts and Bolts novice level, and/or include small museums as part of the panel.  NAME will recommend and endorse proposals that fit the theme as well, from the perspective of museum exhibition.

 

Proposals are entered electronically at AAM website.  NAME will work with members as they develop proposals, making suggestions for partners, content focus, and appropriate SPC endorsements.  Contact Rita or Judy from NAME if you have a proposal that is appropriate to NAME and if you have any questions or needs.  Any problems with entering your proposals into the website should be addressed to Dean Phelus at dphelus@aam-us.org.

 

Think innovative, future-oriented thoughts!


 

Creativity and Collaboration Retreat Reflections

DATELINE: 15 March 2010

Last summer AAM and NAME presented a two day workshop retreat for museum exhibition and visitor experience professionals, focusing on creativity and a deep exchange of ideas, and including a program of featured leaders from outside the museum industry.

Attendees and organizers reflect on their experience on the event's website:

http://creativityandcollaboration.wordpress.com/your-thoughts

including pictures:

http://creativityandcollaboration.wordpress.com/2009/06/05/smiling-faces-from-the-retreat/

 

Eat, Drink, Dance and Debate with NAME in Los Angeles!

DATELINE: 5 February 2010

In addition to the many sessions NAME is sponsoring at AAM,  we are excited to present four unusual and energizing events at the upcoming AAM conference. Each of these is a chance to make new contacts, mingle with old friends, and learn about current exhibition trends. Don't forget to include some of these in your conference registration (http://www.aam-us.org/am10/)

 

Event #1: Building the NAME Network/Conversations in Exhibits

Sunday, May 23 
9:30 AM-1:30 PM 
$35.00

Teams spanning all fields of museum work and levels of experience will go out and about Los Angeles to visit a variety of exhibitions, and to discuss, wrangle, and tackle topics facing museums today.  This popular program returns for the third consecutive year.

(Sponsored by Tru Vue, Inc., Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc., Chicago Scenic Studios, Inc., RGI Intl, Thinkwell)

 

Event #5: NAME Party at the Panorama

Sunday, May 23 
6:00 PM-10:00 PM 
$50.00

Eat, drink, and dance at the Velaslavasay Panorama at Union Station. The Panorama depicts a 360 degree view of the mystical frozen North. If that's too chilly, warm up in the lush tropical pleasure garden featuring a sinister carnivorous flora. Dinner included.

(Sponsored by Gecko Group, Sparks)

 

Event #37: NAME Lunch/Museum Exhibition Issues

Tuesday, May 25 
12:15 PM-1:45 PM 
$40.00

We've revised how NAME approaches the ever popular and occasionally infamous exhibition critique session.  We've decided to continue the conversation over lunch.  After completing a short business meeting, we will continue NAME's critique session on Hollywood Chinese: The Arthur Dong Collection at the Chinese American Museum of LA. View clips from the documentary film that inspired the exhibition, meet Arthur Dong himself and engage in dialogue about the exhibition's intent, and whether or not it works.

(Sponsored by Tru Vue, Inc., Exhibit IQ, The Nassal Company, Superior Exhibits & Design, Inc., UJMN Architects + Designers)

 

Workshop # 105: Storytelling Bootcamp

Tuesday, May 25 
9:00 AM-12:00 PM 
$50.00

Storytelling is at the heart of what we do regardless of our roles within museums. In this fast-paced, object-centered workshop, participants will go beyond rhetoric to learn the art and science of telling a good story. Experience a wide range of storytelling methods and strategies and then work collaboratively to create your own story.

 

 

Deadline Extended!  2010 AAM Annual Meeting Student
and Professional Fellowships


The deadline for the NAME fellowship application is extended to February 10, 2010.

NAME will fund three fellowships (two students and one New Museum Professional) for the 2010 AAM Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. The fellowship will include conference registration, a $500 travel stipend, and attendance at NAME events with a NAME mentor.

Download eligibility requirements and application information for 2010 AAM Annual Meeting Student and Professional Fellowships.

Visit the website of the American Association of Museums for more information about the Fellowships.

Contact Douglas Simpson, dsimpson@c7a.com, if you have questions.

 

22nd Annual Excellence in Exhibition Competition


Entries are currently being accepted for the 22nd Annual Excellence in Exhibition Competition. The competition recognizes outstanding achievement in exhibition from all types of museums, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens and non-commercial institutions offering exhibitions to the public. All exhibitions regardless of size or budget will be considered.  The exhibition must have opened to the public between November 30, 2007 and November 30, 2009. Institutions submitting entries must have one team member who is a member of AAM. The deadline for entries is January 11, 2010(Postmark Date). Winners will be announced at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Museums in Los Angeles in 2010, and will receive national recognition in the AAM publication Museum News. In addition, all entries will be displayed at the Marketplace of Ideas.

Download AAM's Standards for Museum Exhibitions and Indicators of Excellence.

Download the Guidelines and Entry Form for the 22nd Annual Excellence in Exhibition Competition.

The Exhibition Competition is jointly sponsored by four standing professional committees of the American Association of Museums -- the National Association for Museum Exhibition (NAME), the Curators' Committee (CurCom), the Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation (CARE) and the Committee on Education (EdCom).

 

 

Collection Management Webinar


Tuesday, July 14, is the last day to register for the live AAM webinar, Collections Conundrums! Solving Collection Management Mysteries. Join Jeanne Benas, Rebecca Buck, and Jean Gilmore in a practical review of collection issues made more difficult by dwindling resources, energy and time. Topics to be covered include institutional guidelines, processing incoming objects, accessioning, and keeping track of collections. Come armed with your toughest collection conundrums and your best efforts to "stump the experts."

What:
Live Webinar!
Collections Conundrums! Solving Collection Management Mysteries.

When:
July 15, 2009
2-3:30 p.m. (Eastern)

Where:
Online

How Much:
AAM members register for only $25!

For more information and to register, visit:

http://www.aam-us.org/getinvolved/learn/collectionsconundrums.cfm

 

Creativity and Collaboration: An Exhibitions Retreat

In collaboration with the National Association for Museum Exhibition (NAME)

May 31-June 2, 2009
Monterey, CA 2009

Workshop Landscape

AAM and NAME present a two day workshop retreat for museum exhibition and visitor experience leaders, designed to foster creativity and peer-to-peer exchange of ideas by connecting museum professionals with leaders from outside the museum industry. The workshop retreat explores the planning and design of exhibitions to achieve maximum impact on museum visitors and their experiences in our exhibitions.

For detailed information visit:

 

AAM 2010 Session Proposals


It is time to submit proposals for next year's AAM Annual Meeting!

The American Association of Museums 2010 Annual Meeting takes place in Los Angeles, from May 23 - 27.  The theme for the 2010 meeting is Museums Without Borders. While proposals may include any topic related to developing visitor experiences, those relating to the meeting theme are given greater consideration by the AAM Program Committee.  Some topics that relate directly to the meeting theme include the following:

- Learning how best to engage publics in new ways

- How museums have succeeded, or not, in responding to different communities including minorities, immigrants, and children

- How museums have succeeded or not succeeded in creating networks with other museums in the United States and abroad.

- What we've learned about what works with nontraditional audiences.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Wayne LaBar or Judy Koke, the program chairs. Submit your proposals by July 10th to:

Judy Koke judy_koke@ago.net

Wayne LaBar wlabar@lsc.org

 

AAM 2007


With the generous assistance of Randi Korn & Associates, who kindly donated their time and services to us, NAME recently conducted an on-line survey of our members in order to find out how we could serve you better.  Reflecting our members’ commitment to NAME, the response rate to the survey was an amazing 49%.  The Board of Directors has already begun to use the survey findings to guide improvements, such as the re-design of this website.

Another important result of the survey findings has been a significant overhaul of the annual exhibition competition. To manage this competition, NAME works closely with the Curators’ Committee (CurCom), the Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation (CARE), and the Educators’ Committee (EdCom). Guided by NAME’s survey results, last fall the co-chairs of these committees re-wrote the competition entry requirements, making it easier to prepare a submission, and putting the emphasis back on exhibits and outcomes. As a result of these changes, the number of entries doubled this year, representing submissions from a wide variety of institutions. All the entries will be on view at the AAM conference in Chicago Marketplace of Ideas (Monday afternoon, May 14, 3:30 – 5:30 pm), and winners will be announced at the session called, “The Nineteenth Annual Excellence in Exhibition Competition” (Tuesday morning, May 15, 10:30 – 11:45 am).

In Chicago, we also hope to spark additional discussion about excellence in exhibitions, and about the competition.  The Marketplace will include a graffiti wall where you can share your comments on this year’s changes, and make suggestions for the future.  We will invite you to discuss these and other ideas for continuing to improve the competition at the NAME Business Breakfast (Tuesday, May 15, 7:30 – 8:30).

The member survey underlined how much value our members place on NAME’s programming at the annual conference. In Chicago, we will once again present a strong series of sessions; you’ll find a complete listing of sessions in the Meetings/Workshops section of this website. Among the highlights will be a session titled“Exhibit RFPs: Things We Learned the Hard Way" (Wednesday, May 16, 9:00 – 10:15 am). This program, which compliments the new issue of Exhibitionist as well as RFP resources posted here at the website, fulfills a long-term goal of NAME. It offers a range of informed perspectives on the search-and-hire process, and we believe it will contribute to successful collaborations between individuals and institutions.

After an absence of several years, returning to the program is a new take on an old favorite: the exhibition critique session (Monday, May 14, 9:00 – 10:15 am).  Once again, we’ll be taking up an in-depth discussion of a single exhibition – this year’s it’s the Shedd Aquarium’s installation, “Wild Reef.”  In a new and improved format, the panel will discuss the exhibition from perspectives ranging from summative evaluation to out-and-out critique.

One of the dilemmas of attending the AAM conference is how to find time to do it all – network with old and new acquaintances; attend program sessions; get out into the city to be stimulated by new exhibition work.  Responding to these needs, this year we’re offering a new kind of program in Chicago, an innovative pre-conference tour and workshop, titled “Building the NAME Network: Group Discussions in Exhibitions”(Sunday, May 13, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm).  Participants in this ticketed event will split into teams to visit exhibits at some of Chicago’s unique small museums.  Then, back at the conference center, they’ll gather over lunch for a lively conversation about what they saw.  As the title implies, an important goal of this program is to build a strong network of exhibit professionals, creating a learning community through shared experiences.  We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Gretchen Jennings Named Exhibitionist Editor


NAME is very pleased to announce the appointment of Gretchen M. Jennings as Managing Editor forExhibitionist. Beginning with the Fall 2007 issue, Gretchen will be responsible for the content and production of the journal, and will provide leadership and vision to guide its future growth.

A recognized leader in museum exhibition and education, Gretchen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this appointment. For over 15 years, her prize-winning exhibitions have offered museum visitors memorable opportunities to play, interact, and engage with innovative subject-matter. At the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History (NMAH) Lemelson Center, she was project director forInvention at Play, overseeing the development of two touring exhibitions and their accompanying programs. Previously, she served as project director and educator for Psychology: Understanding Ourselves, Understanding Each Other, for the American Psychological Association and the Ontario Science Center.  Most recently, Gretchen has served as NMAH’s Director of Education for Interpretation and Visitor Experience, managing education staff for exhibition development, hands-on spaces, visitor services, evaluation and accessibility.

As well as a respected practitioner of exhibition development and museum education, Gretchen also brings toExhibitionist her invaluable experience as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Museum Education, a position she held from 1996–1999. Gretchen’s appointment represents a significant milestone in the development ofExhibitionist as the journal continues to grow in stature within the museum profession. We welcome the guidance she brings to this position, and look forward to her tenure.

 

News from George S. Gardner


We recently heard from NAME's first president George S. Gardner. He retired in 1991 from the American Museum of Natural History where he had served for eighteen years as Chairman of the Department of Exhibitions and Graphics. After leaving AMNH he continued  to work for a few years as a Museum Planning Consultant with organizations in Westchester, New York, and Connecticut. His daughter's move to Montana made him realize the advantages of living in Big Sky Country, and he ended up building a house in Whitefish, Montana. He remains busy with exhibit design and planning for a number of projects in the area, is actively involved in several important community projects in Whitefish, and enjoys watching his five-year old twin grandchildren Miles and Thea grow.

George is looking forward to the completion of NAME's new graphic identity. He writes, "This [NAME] rather special group of professionals formed a living organization and I am glad that I was present at its birth twenty-five years ago in Indianapolis. Keep up the good work!"