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Subject: Online course on exhibitions

Online course on exhibitions

From: Helen Alten <helen<-a>
Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2008
MS106: Exhibit Fundamentals: Ideas to Installation
Instructor: Lin Nelson-Mayson
Dates: March 31 through May 9, 2008
Cost: $425
Location: <URL:>

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

    Introduction: Exhibition Theory and the Museums Mission
    Intellectual and Physical Accessibility and Exhibition
    Creating a Timeline and Writing Texts
    The Role of Design Elements and Basic Installation Techniques
    Object and Visitor Safety

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 six 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<-a t->collectioncare< . >org or Eric Swanson at eric<-a t->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

    Her credentials include the following;

       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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