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.
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
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.
A Community for Victory: Ann Arbor in World War II
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.
Exhibited at the Stephen S. Clark Library, May 1st through September 21st, 2014
An India Map 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
AfroKilt: The Thread that Binds
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
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 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
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