The development of a museum exhibit is a complicated process. This class explores how an exhibit evolves from an idea to a reality.
With direction from Gordon Jones, AHC Military Curator and AHC/UWG program liason, and Ann McCleary, UWG Museum Studies Coordinator, our Museum Exhibits class will venture into the exciting but tumultuous world of exhibit development! In the summer of 2008, the class developed a plan for an upcoming exhibit on barbecue. Previous classes have developed exhibits on race relations in Atlanta and on Wilbur Kurtz, whose passion for Atlanta and the South led to a career as a historian and artist.
The class will be divided into several project teams to complete the exercise. Our project teams usualy include two curatorial teams, one focusing on the historical research and the other on artifacts; a label-writing team; a registration team; a development and marketing team; an education team; and a design team. One student acts as the Project Manager, coordinating all the teams' progress. At the end of the class, students will present their complete exhibit proposal to the AHC staff. This is a real-life experience that will allow everyone to experience the process of museum development, from all perspectives, and to learn to function effectively in a team seting.
In addition to our project, class members write an exhibit review, conduct a security and conservation audit of the AHC galleries, write sampl label copy, visit an exhibit fabrication company in Atlanta, and hear talks by a number of exhibit professionals.