Expressing Dreams and Realities
Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park
As part of a team, I developed a complete Exhibit Plan for the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park exploring the role of art and art making during the gold rush.
Through the lens of art and inspiration, the stories and identities of the Klondike stampeders will be brought to life and recreated through creative compositions in the past and present. This exhibit explores literary art, photography, ethnological material, and contemporary works of art.
I assisted in developing the exhibit concept and storyline, conducted artifact research, wrote and edited labels and panels, created SketchUp renderings, designed the voting interactive, and managed the COVID-19 adaptations.
Installation is planned for Spring 2021.
Co-Design Sessions with User Experts
In an attempt to integrate feedback from people with disabilities directly into the exhibit design process, Access Smithsonian and the Institute for Human Centered Design utilize User Expert interviews in the development of diverse museum projects.
During my work with Access Smithsonian I assisted with conducting six User Expert interviews and reviewed 12 previous interviews. I gained valuable insight into the process of structuring the interview; which User Experts to include, quantity of Experts to involve, communication considerations, and information delivery methods. I also developed skills in applying contextual inquiry practices to uncover and examine underlying assumptions and meanings related to User Expert experiences.
Throughout the interviews I collected emerging data around inclusive design considerations and collated the data into a Findings Report. This internal document serves as a record of their learnings to inform future exhibit design.
Recognizing the need to develop new strategies for making artwork accessible, Smithsonian Institution staff have begun a dialogue on ensuring that both artworks and art experiences are accessible to all.
As a preliminary step to inform the dialogue, I researched the museum field's current practices around accessibility and artwork to compile a document that pulls from existing guidelines, including;
AAM’s Everybody is Welcome
Smithsonian Guidelines for Accessible Exhibition Design
Design for Accessibility: A Cultural Administrators Handbook
Museum of Science Boston: Universal Design Plan
Art Beyond Sight
Topics covered included audio description strategies and delivery methods, best practices for public programs, and focused considerations for time-based media, sculptures, and immersive experiences.
This research on current practices will enable staff to easily identify the gaps in accessible artwork strategies as Smithsonian staff and their project partners move forward towards greater inclusion in the arts.
Colors of the Mind
Where do colors reside? How can exploring color perception influence our relationship to color?
I developed this exhibit proposal for the Bellevue Arts Museum which explores color vision through artwork and interactive activities.
Pieces from artists who are sighted, blind, and who experience colorblindness are viewed with interactive tools, allowing visitors to explore their own color perception.
"Colorless Nights" is an exhibit idea that explores the phenomenon of color disappearing under low light.
"Color Memories" is an interactive where visitors are invited to share a special memory related to color.
It was a joy to conceptualize innovative and low-fi ways for visitors to explore color!
Acrylic on Canvas 24” x 24” x 1.5”
Exhibit Sketch by Marie Baeta
Exhibit Sketch by Marie Baeta