Monday, August 31, 2009

Get to know the Intermuseum Conservation Association

The Arts section of Sunday's Plain Dealer featured a great article on the Intermuseum Conservation Association and the incredible services they provide to museums and collectors alike from their headquarters on Cleveland's West Side.

In addition to all of their high-quality conservation services, ICA also offers educational programs for the general public focused on ways to improve the care of the personal collections we cherish. If you are unfamiliar with ICA, click on the link below to read the article from yesterday's paper.

Also, be sure to check out ICA's website for more information on their programming and professional museum services.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wal-Mart wins, the Wilderness will have a new neighbor

Well, the battle is over and in the end the corporate giant was just too much for the legions of historic preservationists, Civil War historians, and park rangers fighting to keep Wal-Mart from building a new supercenter across from the site of a sacred battlefield.

For some background on the controversial commercial development see my post from July 17, No Wal-Mart in the Wilderness. Follow the link below for a report from the Charlottesville News on the decision made Monday night by the Orange County Board of Supervisors to let Wal-Mart go ahead with their construction as planned.

Orange Co. Supervisors Approve Controversial Walmart
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Did the Orange County leaders make the right decision? Does the potential economic development for the region outweigh the increased traffic and noise near the hallowed battleground? Please share your thoughts on striking a balance between progress and preservation by posting your comments below.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Color choice is key in gallery design

Finally back from my vacation (sigh) and sifting through the mountains of email in my inbox, I came across the latest electronic issue of Sherwin-Williams' Stir magazine. In it there is a nice article about the importance of wall color in gallery spaces. Stir is a magazine aimed mainly at interior designers, but this article presents the issue of color choice from a museum's perspective, emphasizing the design process that takes place before gallery installations and the impact paint colors have on the visitors and the artwork.

Check out this article for important questions to ask in planning your next exhibit installation and key concepts to keep in mind when selecting a color palette.

A look at how museum exhibition designers maximize color

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Museums, please take my temporary/traveling exhibit survey

I am currently helping the Pro Football Hall of Fame develop a traveling exhibit program to integrate into their ongoing temporary exhibit development schedule. In advance of planning and producing the next exhibit, I am hoping to gather some information about what museums look for today in traveling exhibits and what they expect in the way of content, design, and facility considerations.

As a means of reaching a wide array of museums, I have developed a very simple, 10 question survey, which should take no more than 3 or 4 minutes to complete. Please follow the link below to access the survey on and help me provide you with high-quality exhibits in the future. Thanks for your participation!

Click here to be redirected to the survey. If you cannot use the link, simply copy and paste the following URL into your browser:

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Scifri Videos: Museum Artists Keep It Real

I am posting a link to another cool Science Friday video, but this one is specifically about museums.

During my tenure as Director of Exhibits at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, I was consistently impressed by the scientific reverence, technical skill, and imaginative artistry employed by our taxidermist, Larry Isard, a highly-acclaimed nature artist in his own right, and our exhibit artisan, Carl Jara, who is also an award-winning sand sculptor. Unfortunately, Larry passed away suddenly earlier this year, but his legacy will live on for years at the Museum. Carl is still busy at the Museum using his artistic ingenuity to interpret the natural world around him for museum visitors of all ages.

Click on the following link to check out the video paying tribute to the often overlooked art of the still-life diorama.

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