This course focuses on the elements of exhibition management and introduces students to the process of developing, designing, and implementing exhibitions. This includes the roles and responsibilities of staff and community members in exhibitions, the development of an exhibition brief, ways to measure success, thematic development and interpretation, exhibition design, financial planning, and implementation logistics. Special topics will cover storytelling techniques, signage and labels, lighting, multimedia, and handling controversial artwork. Assessments throughout the course intend to build upon one another, ultimately helping students to present an overall exhibition plan to their classmates as if they are presenting to a group of trustees. All students, but especially those that do not possess a visual arts background, may wish to examine issues present in contemporary aesthetics through readings (books, periodicals and web) and by asking questions in class.
Skills and knowledge gained through this course will be assessed through readings, class participation, and assignments. Upon the successful conclusion of the course, students will be able to: