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Fall 2014: Teaching and Learning Exhibition Design and Development

Exhibitionist, Fall 2014
  • From the President, Wayne Labar
  • From the Editor, Gretchen Jennings
  • Exhibit Newsline, by Paul Orselli
  • Exhibitions of Special Distinction, by Rita Mukherjee Hoffstadt
  • Teaching Exhibition Development and Design, by Polly McKenna-Cress and Kym Rice
  • Teaching Exhibition Design: A Survey of Graduate Programs in the United States, by Barbara Brennan
  • A Networked, Experiential, and Expanded Model of Learning Exhibition Design, by Tricia Austin and Tim McNeil
  • Well-Chosen Words and Carefully Articulated Ideas : Teaching Interpretive Writing, by Dan Bartlett
  • Teaching Exhibition Design Through a Pedagogy of Creative Problem-Solving, by Clare Brown with contributions from Tricia Austin
  • ‘But There Is no Word for Installation in Arabic...’ Teaching Exhibition Development in Qatar, by Dr. Karen Exell
  • Creating the Curator: Teaching and Learning Exhibition Development for Special Collections, Librarians and Archivists, by Jessica Lacher-Feldman, MA, MLS, CA
  • An Accessibility Adventure : Teaching and Learning Exhibition Design Through the Lens of Disability Studies, by Fran Osborne, E.M. Luby, and Christine Fogarty
  • Teaching Visual Storytelling: Genre and Storyboards, by Paul Stavast, Allison Inkley, and Heather White
  • Variations: Experimenting with New Forms of Exhibition Making and Audience Participation in the Digital Era, by Melissa Trottier, Pierre Tanguay, Charlotte Bouchard-Lafond, and Aurélie Vandewynckele
  • Nuts and Bolts: A Collaboration of Cultures–Designers and Clients Learning Together, by David Whitemyer
  • Exhibition Studies: Pixels & Pedagogy: Teaching & Learning Exhibition Development Online, by Sarah J. Chicone and Richard A. Kissel
  • Book Review: The Art of Museum Exhibitions: How Story and Imagination Create Aesthetic Experiences, by Kathleen McLean
  • Call for Entries: 2015 Excellence in Exhibition Label Writing Competition
  • Twenty-Seventh Annual Excellence in Exhibition Competition
  • How to Contribute to Exhibitionist


Spring 2014: Intentionally Designed Spaces

Exhibitionist, Spring 2014
  • From the President, Douglas Simpson
  • From the Editor, Gretchen Jennings
  • Exhibit Newsline, by Beth Redmond-Jones
  • Exhibition Design that Provides High Value and Engages Visitor Attention, by Stephen Bitgood
  • Disrupting Design: The Impact of Cultural Contexts, by Pamela Erskine-Loftus
  • Exhibition Carts: Intentionally Designed Spaces on the Move, by Rich Faron and Jessica Banda
  • Exhibition Narrative: The Spatial Parameters, by Regan Forrest
  • Design Intentionality and the Art Museum, by Maria Mortati
  • Small Changes, Big Impact: Scalable Renovations Lead to Improved Visitor Experiences, by Kris Nesbitt, Lindsay Maldonado, and Fran Mast
  • Designing Space for Participation: Insights from The Tech Museum of Innovation and the Stanford d.school, by Maryanna Rogers, Scott Witthoft, and Scott Doorley
  • Supported Interpretation: Exhibiting for Audience Engagement, by Pat Villeneuve and Alicia Viera
  • The Role of Information Design in Sparking Visitor Interest, Engagement, and Investigation, by Kim Baer and Karen Wise
  • Nuts and Bolts: Better by Design: Graphics in Exhibitions, by Ann Neumann
  • Exhibition Studies: Master Class: Design as Interpretation, by Lee Skolnick
  • Exhibition Critiques: The British Galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum, by Dana Allen-Greil, Colleen Dilenschneider, and Janet Petitpas
  • Book Review: Creating Exhibitions: Collaboration in the Planning, Development, and Design of Innovative Experiences by McKenna-Cress and Kamien, by Paul Pearson
  • Sessions of Interest to NAME Members at 2014 Annual Meeting American Alliance of Museums, Seattle, WA

Fall 2013: New Media: Transforming Museums, Exhibitions, and Visitors

Exhibitionist, Fall 2013

Spring 2013: Meaning Making Revisited

Exhibitionist, Spring 2013

Fall 2012: Navigating a Changing Economy: The New Normal for Museums?

Exhibitionist, Fall 2012


Spring 2012: Traveling Exhibitions: Where Are They Going?

Exhibitionist, Spring 2012


Fall 2011: Museums, Memorials, and Sites of Conscience

Exhibitionist, Fall 2011


Spring 2011: Is It a Museum? Does It Matter?

The Exhibitionist, Spring 2011


Fall 2010: The International Project: A Cultural Journey

Exhibitionist Fall 2010


Spring 2010: Exhibition Frictions

Exhibitionist Spring2010


Fall 2009: Visitor-Generated Content and Design

Exhibitionist Fall09


Spring 2009: Green and Lean

The Exhibitionist, Spring 2009

Fall 2007: NAME Sessions at AAM 2007

The Exhibitionist, Fall 2007

Spring 2007: The RFP Issue

The Exhibitionist,Spring 2007

Fall 2006: AAM 2006 Annual Meeting Conference Sessions Issue

The Exhibitionist, Season YEAR
  • Entire Issue (PDF 21.7 MB)
  • The Best of the Sessions: AAM 2006 Boston
  • Silverbacks and Youngbloods Debate the Future of Exhibits
  • Passing the Torch, Keeping it Lit
  • Art, History and Science Museums: A Cross-Cultural Conversation
  • BYOD: Guest Provided Devices in the Museum Experience
  • Traveling Exhibitions: Nuts and Bolts
  • K-12 Curators: What Kids Learn by Designing Exhibitions
  • The Latest in Exhibit Trends (from the Designer's Perspective)
  • and much more...

Spring 2006: 25th Anniversary Edition

The Exhibitionist, Spring 2006

Fall 2005: Breaking the Mold: Sessions from the 2005 AAM Conference

The Exhibitionist, Fall 2005
  • Entire Issue (PDF 16.7 MB)
  • Courting Controversy in Museum Exhibits
  • What the Heck is Experience Design?
  • Old Topic, New Designs: Three New Species of Dinosaur Exhibits
  • Guerilla Exhibits: Small Feats with the Community
  • In and Out: A Crossroads for Exhibition Design
  • Designer-Client Relationships: Strategies for Success
  • Exhibitors at the Crossroads: Building Better Museum Teams
  • and much more


Spring 2005: Exhibits in Small Museums

The Exhibitionist, Season YEAR
  • Entire Issue (PDF 17.3 MB)
  • Good Things Come in Small Packages
  • Climbing Up the Learning Curve
  • Big Things in Small Packages: Videos in Your Exhibits
  • What's Working for Small Museums in St. Louis
  • Strength in Numbers: Successful Travelling Exhibition Collaborations for Small Museums
  • Arthurdale: "Eleanor's Little Village"
  • Help is on the Way: A Texas Pilot Program Has Lessons for Small Museums
  • and much more

Fall 2004: International Exhibits

The Exhibitionist, Fall 2004

Spring 2004: Using the Senses in Exhibitions

The Exhibitionist, Spring 2004
  • Entire Issue (PDF 21.2MB)
  • Making Sense of Cave Life
  • Dinosphere: Now You're in Their World
  • Something Smells
  • Grab Your Visitors by the Ear
  • The Sixth Sense
  • Experience Architecture
  • Welcoming Kids who "Learn Differently"

Fall 2003: Technology for and in Museums

The Exhibitionist, Fall 2003
  • Entire Issue (PDF 21.1MB)
  • A More Perfect Union of Medium and Message
  • Passive and Active Microclimage Generation
  • Personal Data Assistants
  • I want to Hold Your Hand (Held)
  • The Farmer and the Cowman should be Friends
  • Taking the Bilingual Leap

Spring 2003: Dilemmas of Interpretation

The Exhibitionist, Spring 2003

Fall 2002: Critic's Choice

The Exhibitionist, Fall 2002
  • Entire Issue (PDF 24.5MB)
  • Intention Does Count
  • Sailing into the Known: Our Dynamic Planet and the Cranbrook Institute of Science
  • Can't Get No Satisfaction
  • The Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History
  • Ask Questions First, Shoot Later: The American Fish and Wildlife Museum
  • Storytelling in Science Exhibits
  • "I Just Want to Build Things": Another Visit to the City Museum

Spring 2002: Formalizing Exhibition Development

The Exhibitionist, Spring 2002
  • Entire Issue (PDF 28MB)
  • Recent Trends in Exhibition Development
  • Black-Tie Exhibit Development
  • A Platform for Success: The Field Museum's Exhibition Process
  • Reformalizing at Bishop Museum
  • The Tech Museum of Innovation's Exhibit Process
  • Go with the Flow: The Exhibit Design Process Made Visible
  • Counterpoint: Customizing the Exhibit Development Process
  • and much more...

Fall 2001: Designing for Conservation

The Exhibitionist, Fall 2001
  • Entire Issue (PDF 25.7MB)
  • Sharing the Responsibility for Preservation
  • Conflict or Collaboration: Redefining the Relationship Between Design and Conservation
  • Conservation-Grade Exhibit Cases: A Standard Museum Option in the 21st Century
  • Retrofitting Old Exhibit Cases: A Search for Economical and Safe Cabinetry
  • New Micro-Enclosures for Framed Collections
  • and much more...

Spring 2001: Striving for Excellence in Exhibitions

The Exhibitionist, Spring 2001
  • Entire Issue (PDF 25.1MB)
  • Excellence in Exhibitions
  • A Tool for Juggling Excellence in Museum Exhibitions
  • Just Add Water: Essential Elements to Make a Traveling Exhibition
  • A Sense of Place: Employing Place-Making in Exhibit Design
  • Exhibiting Indians: Communities Collaboration and Control
  • Working with the Community in Exhibition Development: A Cyberspace Forum

Fall 2000: Critiquing Exhibits: Meanings and Realities

The Exhibitionist, Fall 2000
  • Entire Issue (PDF 26.1MB)
  • Current Literature on Museum Exhibition Development and Design
  • How Do We Look? Some Thoughts on Critical Reviews of Museum Exhibits
  • Through the Looking Glass and Back
  • Science City: A New Adventure?
  • Wait a Minute!
  • Meaning Making: The Conversation Continues

Spring 2000: Rethinking the Exhibit Team

The Exhibitionist, Spring 2000
  • Entire Issue (PDF 24.1 MB)
  • Who's Using the Team Process? How's it Going?
  • Rethinking the Exhibit Team
  • Trust in the Team Approach: A Case Study
  • Thinking Critically about Exhibit
  • Exhibit Criticism: A Pretty Okay Idea
  • Critically Thinking about Exhibition
  • Criticism and Exhibition Evaluation
  • Decoding San Jose's Tech Museum of Innovation
  • Have We Gotten Any Better at Exhibition Criticism?

Spring 1999: Managing Creativity

The Exhibitionist, Spring 1999
  • Entire Issue (PDF 25.8MB)
  • What Do We Know About Creativity?
  • Managing Creative Teams
  • Creating in Teams
  • Responsibilities of the Creative Project Leader
  • Nurturing Expansive Thinking Among Interdisciplinary Teams
  • Laughing Till the Beer Spurts Out Your Nose and Other Secrets for Successful Design Teams
  • Theater Games as a Stimulus for Creativity
  • Tips for Creative Teams
  • Creating Creative Exhibits

Fall 1998: Designers, Developers and Evaluators

The Exhibitionist, Fall 1998
  • Entire Issue (PDF 27MB)
  • Why We Need a Visitor's Bill of Rights
  • Criticism and Audience
  • We Need Criticism
  • What Can We Learn from N=1?
  • Critical Shortage: Can Anyone Help?
  • Spinning Fish Tales: Telling Marine Biology
  • On Being an Exhibit Designer
  • A Designer Looks at Interpretation
  • Ralph Appelbaum on Being an Exhibit Designer
  • Critical Thoughts about Design
  • Conversation Tips for Designers and Evaluators

Spring 1998: Exhibit Design Meets the Web

The Exhibitionist, Spring 1998 REVIEWS:
  • The Nine-Ton Cat: Behind the Scenes at an Art Museum
  • Exhibition Budgeting Handbook

Spring 1997: What Are We Doing?

The Exhibitionist, Spring 1997
  • Entire Issue (PDF 22.1MB)
  • What Manner of Beast Is This? Exhibition Criticism and the "Intentional Fallacy"
  • Should Exhibit Designers Professionalize?
  • What is an Exhibit Developer?
  • The Secret Life of the Home: An Initiation into Exhibit Design
  • Marketing to Generation X
  • Exhibit Labels: An Interpretive Approach
  • Museum Premieres: Exhibitions & Special Events



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