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Subject: Online course on exhibitions

Online course on exhibitions

From: Helen Alten <helen>
Date: Saturday, October 7, 2006
MS106: Exhibit Fundamentals: Ideas to Installation
Instructor: Lin Nelson-Mayson
November 6, 2006 - December 1, 2006
Cost: $395
Location: <URL:>

Description: Nearly every museum develops exhibits, but how can we
improve communication with visitors while taking care of our
objects? Exhibit Fundamentals explores exhibits from idea to final
installation in a variety of settings. Topics include exhibit
theory, the role of the museum's mission, creating a timeline,
accessibility and script writing. Also covered are design elements,
installation techniques, object safety and security, visitor safety
and evaluations. Each student develops an exhibit plan for his or
her museum.

Course Outline

    1.  Introduction: Exhibition Theory and the Museums Mission
    2.  Intellectual and Physical Accessibility and Exhibition
    3.  Creating a Timeline and Writing Texts
    4.  The Role of Design Elements and Basic Installation
    5.  Object and Visitor Safety
    6.  Conclusion

Logistics: Participants in Exhibit Fundamentals work at their own
pace through six sections and interact through online chats.
Instructor Lin Nelson-Mayson is available at scheduled times during
the course for email support. Exhibit Fundamentals includes online
literature, slide lectures and student-teacher/group-teacher dialog.
The course is limited to 20 participants.

Required texts are:

    Lord, Barry and Gail Dexter.
    The Manual of Museum Exhibits. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press
    (A Division of Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc), 2002.

    Serrell, Beverly.
    Exhibit Labels: An Interpretive Approach. Walnut Creek, CA:
    AltaMira Press, 1996.

(Both are good resources; if you don't have them in your library,
they can be ordered on line from Alta Mira at

Exhibit Fundamentals runs four weeks. Sign up at
<URL:> and pay for the course at
<URL:>. If you have
trouble completing an on-line order, please contact Helen Alten at
helen [at] collectioncare__org or Eric Swanson at eric [at] collectioncare__org

The Instructor: Lin Nelson-Mayson, with over 25 years of museum
experience at small and large institutions, was recently the
director of ExhibitsUSA, a nonprofit exhibition touring organization
that annually tours over 30 art and humanities exhibitions across
the country.  For five years, she was a coordinator or judge for the
American Association of Museums' Excellence in Exhibitions
Competition. She currently serves on the exhibition committee for
the National Sculpture Society. Ms. Nelson-Mayson has extensive
experience with the planning, preparation, research and installation
of exhibitions Ms Nelson-Mayson's experience includes teaching
museum studies and museology courses.  Her particular interest is
the needs of small museums. She is now the director of the Goldstein
Gallery at the University of Minnesota.

Her credentials include: An MFA from The Ohio State University in
sculpture and critical writing; A BFA from Miami University in
Oxford, Ohio in painting; Work as a curator for the Ross County
Historic Society (Chillicothe, Ohio), the Art Museum of South Texas
(Corpus Christi), the Columbia Museum of Art (South Carolina), and
the Minnesota Museum of American Art.

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Received on Saturday, 7 October, 2006

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