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-------------------------------------------- MS106: Exhibit Fundamentals: Ideas to Installation Instructor: Lin Nelson-Mayson Dates: November 6, 2006 to December 1, 2006 Cost: $395 Location: www.museumclasses.org 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 & Exhibition Evaluations 3. Creating a Timeline and Writing Texts 4. The Role of Design Elements and Basic Installation Techniques 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: (1) Lord, Barry and Gail Dexter. The Manual of Museum Exhibits. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press (A Division of Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc), 2002. (2) 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 http://www.altamirapress.com/) Exhibit Fundamentals runs four weeks. Sign up at www.museumclasses.org and pay for the course at http://www.collectioncare.org/tas/tas.html. If you have trouble completing an on-line order, please contact Helen Alten at firstname.lastname@example.org or Eric Swanson at email@example.com 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 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. ***Course Announcement*** MS206: Disaster Planning II: Writing a Disaster Preparedness Plan Instructor: Terri Schindel Dates: November 6 through December 15, 2006 Price: $395 Location: http://www.museumclasses.org Description: Are you ready for the unthinkable? A written disaster-preparedness plan is not only a good idea, it's also a requirement for accreditation. Instructor Terri Schindel reviews and provides input as participants in Disaster Planning II write plans that outline the procedures to follow in various emergencies. The completed plan prepares museums physically and mentally to handle emergencies that can harm vulnerable and irreplaceable collections. The course is scheduled so you will complete a disaster-preparedness and response plan before hurricane, tornado, fire and flood seasons. Logistics Participants in Disaster Planning II work on their own schedules and interact through forums and scheduled online chats. Instructor Terri Schindel is available at scheduled times for email support. Materials include online readings, handouts and lecture notes, projects and links to relevant web sites. The course is limited to 20 participants. Disaster Planning II lasts six weeks. Please sign up at www.museumclasses.org and pay at http://www.collectioncare.org/tas/tas.html If you have trouble with either, please contact Helen Alten at firstname.lastname@example.org Required Textbook: Disaster Planning II uses the required textbook Steal This Handbook! A Template for Creating a Museum's Emergency Preparedness Plan, which is available for purchase at http://www.collectioncare.org/tas/tas.html The Instructor: Terri Schindel graduated from the Courtauld Art Institute, University of London with a concentration in textile conservation. She has assisted small and medium sized museums in writing disaster plans for more than a decade and helped develop national standards for disaster-preparedness materials. Ms. Schindel specializes in collection care and preventive conservation and works regularly with small, rural and tribal museums. ***Course Announcement*** MS211: PRESERVATION ENVIRONMENTS (Formerly Museum Environmental Control Systems) Instructor: Ernest A. Conrad Dates: November 14 through December 8, 2006 Price: $395 Location: http://www.museumclasses.org Description: Preservation Environments is essential for anyone considering a new building or expanding or retrofitting an old one. Participants learn about methods for controlling temperature and humidity and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Preservation Environments does not try to turn museum professionals into engineers, but it does equip them with the vocabulary and basic knowledge necessary to represent the interests of the collection with facilities engineers and maintenance professionals. Learn when and how to monitor, how to read psychrometric charts, how to determine the environmental control capacities of your building, and where the future might lead museums. Course Outline 1. Introduction 2. Climate Control Basics 3. Monitoring and Psychrometrics 4. Water - The Enemy 5. Preservation Tomorrow 6. Conclusion Logistics Participants in Preservation Environments work at their own pace through six sections and interact through online chats. Instructor Ernest Conrad is available at scheduled times during the course for email support. Preservation Environments includes online literature, slide lectures and student-teacher/group-teacher dialog. The course is limited to 20 participants. Preservation Environments runs four weeks. Sign up at www.museumclasses.org and pay for the course at http://www.collectioncare.org/tas/tas.html If you have trouble completing an on-line order, please contact Helen Alten at email@example.com or Eric Swanson at firstname.lastname@example.org The Instructor: For over 20 years, Mr. Conrad has focused on environmental issues. He is president of Landmark Facilities Group, Inc., an engineering firm specializing in environmental systems for museums, libraries, archives and historic facilities. A licensed Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering in several states, Mr. Conrad holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master's Degree in Environmental Engineering from Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A well-respected and honored member of many professional organizations, his greatest contribution to the preservation field was the development of environmental guidelines for engineers who work on museums, libraries and archives. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE) publishes standards in the areas of HVAC and refrigeration. Mr. Conrad recently co-authored the ASHRAE Applications Handbook "Chapter 20: Museums, Libraries and Archives." For the first time, there are guidelines specific to our needs in the engineering literature. Mr. Conrad has studied environments and designed special climate control systems throughout the United States for clients as well-known as the National Gallery of Art, Library of Congress, The Frick Collection, Getty Conservation Institute, The Pierpont Morgan Library, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and National Park Service. He has a special interest in house museums and how climate affects structures and collections housed within those structures. Mr. Conrad shares his incredible expertise through lectures at New York University, the Fashion Institute of Technoloty, the National Preservation Institute and Simmons College. Contact: Northern States Conservation Center P.O. Box 8081 St. Paul, MN 55108 Phone: (651) 659-9420 http://www.collectioncare.org/ -- H-MUSEUM H-Net Network for Museums and Museum Studies E-Mail: email@example.com WWW: http://www.h-museum.net