From May 2012 to June 2015 I worked at the University of Michigan Stephen S. Clark Library in Ann Arbor Michigan as the exhibit coordinator. This meant scheduling, curating and designing exhibits for their 72 feet of exhibit space. I also had the opportunity to moonlight as a consultant and designer for other University of Michigan Library exhibits during that time. In my time at the Clark I worked on 13 exhibits, several of which I created entirely from scratch- from ideation to installation. 

In the years since I have used the skills I honed at the Clark to curate and install art exhibits, create retail displays and design/copy edit a wide range of promotional materials. 

Partial Stephen S. Clark Library exhibit list here.

Additional Exhibits:

Textile Trade Ascendancies, Stephen S. Clark Library, May 12th, 2015 through August 12th, 2015 (design, layout, installation)

Charting the Wolverine, Stephen S. Clark Library, January 15th, 2015 through May 3rd, 2015 (design, layout, installation)

The Many Hats of Robert Altman: A Life in Cinema, Hatcher Graduate Library, April 22–June 30, 2013 (consulting, layout, mural design and installation)

Art Exhibits (layout design and installation):

Working Filth, Vault of Midnight, November 7, 2014

Fall Art Show, Stephen S. Clark Library, July 22nd, 2013 through October 11th, 2013

Student and Staff Art Exhibit, Stephen S. Clark Library, April 22nd through July 17th, 2013 


Banner Moments: The U.S. National Anthem in American Life

 Banner Moments at the Hatcher Graduate Library, 2014 / Photo Source

Banner Moments at the Hatcher Graduate Library, 2014 / Photo Source

 Sample poster for Banner Moments

Sample poster for Banner Moments

 One of 13 illustrations for Banner Moments

One of 13 illustrations for Banner Moments

An exhibit celebrating the bicentennial of the U.S. National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner” (1814–2014) by illustrating the cultural history of the national anthem in American life.

My involvement included concept development, poster design, overall floor plan and layout of initial exhibit, installation and some work in preparing the traveling exhibit.

First exhibited at the University of Michigan’s Hatcher Graduate Library in 2014, then on view at AADL in 2015, USS Silversides Museum in Muskegon, MI in summer 2016 and is scheduled to appear at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum in Grand Rapids, MI in winter 2017.


A Community for Victory: Ann Arbor in World War II

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 Promo poster (left) and the main exhibit case (above) /  Image Source

Promo poster (left) and the main exhibit case (above) / Image Source

The exhibit explored community life in Ann Arbor during World War II, using the Ann Arbor District Library's extensive local historical archives, the Stephen S. Clark Library's map collection, and special materials from the U-M Library's American Culinary History Collection. The exhibit was a partnership between the University of Michigan Library and the Ann Arbor District Library.

For this exhibit I created all content, curated AADL and Clark materials, designed the layout, posters, and promotional materials, and completed installation.

Press

Exhibited at the Stephen S. Clark Library, May 1st through September 21st, 2014


An India Map Exhibit

 The glass case contained rare materials and a small selection of saris

The glass case contained rare materials and a small selection of saris

 One of three open sections in the exhibit

One of three open sections in the exhibit

An exhibit highlighting the Stephen S. Clark Library’s rich variety of historical and modern maps and atlases of India. The exhibit covered the history and evolution of the mapping of India, colonialism, modern geoscapes portraying ‘Mother India,’ and maps of India today.

For this exhibit I created the layout, designed posters, and promotional materials, and completed installation.

Exhibited at the Stephen S. Clark library in conjunction with the winter 2014 LSA theme semester "India in the World." January 16th through April 22nd, 2014

 Promotional Postcard design

Promotional Postcard design

Online exhibit here.


AfroKilt: The Thread that Binds

 The glass case at the entrance of the exhibit

The glass case at the entrance of the exhibit

 One of three displays along the "runway"

One of three displays along the "runway"

Sally Volkmann's senior thesis project, reimagined as a full size exhibit. Sally and I designed the exhibit together (long distance) and I created the layout, curated additional materials and installed it. 

October 18th through December 23rd, 2013


Land of Many Borders: A glimpse of Ukraine through U-M Library Holdings

 Promotional Postcard for the exhibit

Promotional Postcard for the exhibit

This exhibit happened in conjunction with former Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko's visit to the University of Michigan. He spoke at the Clark, and signed an atlas which was then included in the display. The exhibit covered over 900 years of Ukrainian history, with a small section focusing on the emigration of one family from Carpetho Ruthenia to Detroit, Michigan.

I designed the posters, helped with copy editing and created the layout and design for the exhibit.

September 9th through October 11th, 2013


Place: Detroit

 Poster illustrations and design

Poster illustrations and design

Place: Detroit was the first in an ongoing series of place-specific exhibits. It offered an opportunity to see some of the Stephen S. Clark Library's collection of books and maps on Detroit. The exhibit was designed to give a small taste of both Detroit's eventful past and exciting present. 

As a team Clara McClenon, Sarah Helm, and I created this exhibit from scratch. We wrote the copy, selected maps, solicited digital content and installed the exhibit. I designed the posters, promotional materials and layout for the exhibit. 

April 22nd through September 5th, 2013


The Geography of Colorants 

 Colorant images

Colorant images

 Displays from the glass exhibit case

Displays from the glass exhibit case

 The display along the runway (note: rainbow!)

The display along the runway (note: rainbow!)

An exhibit that was based on and inspired by the thesis The Geography of Significant Colorants: Antiquity to the Twentieth Century by Melissa Zagorski and showcased maps from the Stephen S. Clark Library Map Collection. This exhibit explored the use of color in antique maps and the geographical origins of the colorants used to make them.

With this exhibit I helped narrow down a concept from the broader scope of the thesis, assisted in copy editing, and designed the layout and posters for the exhibit. I also sourced physical samples of colorants from a local artist.

Online exhibit here.

January 17th through April 18th, 2013