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Exhibition Presentation Methods

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2011
Fain Fine Arts Center
Classroom Number
Catherine Prose (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

COURSE DESCRPTION: A practicum in the fundamentals of exhibition organization. Emphasis on gallery installation and care of fine art objects.

This course is designed to provide the student with a general picture of methods used in galleries for installing and caring for temporary exhibitions.

Course content will include:
1. defining the museum
2. defining the gallery
3. museum/gallery standards
4. occupations as it relates to museum/gallery
5. general organization of temporary exhibits
6. presentation needs
7. shipping and crating
8. education materials
9. event planning

At the conclusion of the course, students will have experienced the methodology and practice of museum and gallery professional standards. They will have gained the basic skills essential for competency in presenting temporary fine art exhibitions. This course is a valuable experience for students seeking a career in a museum, gallery, or in arts administration.

Course Expectations


Each student is required to work 5 hours during the week of scheduled installation or strike. Students must provide work hours in writing the first day of class.

We will also have group meetings scheduled Tuesday’s from 12:30pm-1:30pm. These meetings will be used as preparation leading up to the installation or strike of an exhibit. Each student is required to attend group meetings.

Students are also required to work events associated with the main and foyer gallery. Students will schedule themselves for events on the first class meeting (January 18).

Attendance and attitude are influencing factors. You should come to class prepared to work. Attendance is required for the entire class period. Excused absences are those which involve a documented health problem, family emergency, official university function, or religious holiday. Incompletes for the course will only be considered in extreme cases of personal injury or family emergencies.
You are allowed only 2 absences! After 2 absences your final class grade will drop 2 points. Example: Final grade 85 (B), 5 absences, your final grade will be 79 (C).

Scheduled Class Meetings:
(Tuesdays 12:30pm-1:30pm)

January 18
January 25
February 1
February 15
March 8
March 22
March 29
April 5
April 12
April 26
May 3

Scheduled weeks/days for installation and strike:
Students must sign-up for 5 hours each week

January 18-21 (notice this is first week of school!!!)
January 25-28
February 4
February 7-11
February 21-25
February 25
February 28-March 4
April 18-20
April 26-29
May 2-6

The Juniata Harvey Art Gallery Schedule:


Robin Becker and James Chressanthis
Main Gallery
January 28 – February 18, 2011
Mixed media, Photography, and film

*Opening, Friday, January 28, 2011 6pm-8pm

About the O’Donnell Visiting Artist:

Robin Becker is a mixed media artist working and living in Los Angeles, CA. She received her Masters from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and studies in areas of fibers, weaving and photography. Becker’s artwork uses multi layers of images of landscapes, architecture, handwriting and drawing to produce brightly colored works that evokes ideas about memory and place. Becker is represented by the Topanga Canyon Gallery in Topanga, CA where she was recently highlighted with a one person exhibition in the summer of 2010.

James Chressanthis work as a cinematographer has spanned the worlds of feature films, television movies, music videos, commercials and documents. Chressanthis has been nominated for two Emmies for Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie and most recently was nominated for a 2010 Emmy for Outstanding Arts and Cultural Programming. Chressanthis is also a visual artist working in traditional, photography, digital collage and mixed media approaches.

Join Chressanthis and Becker as two of our featured O’Donnell Visiting Artist. Students and public welcomed.
Workshop Schedule:
Conducted by Robin Becker and James Chressanthis

Wednesday, January 26
9:00am-11:00am C115 Photography

Slide Lecture
1:00pm C111 Art History

2:00pm-4:50pm C115 Photography

Thursday, January 27
9:30am-12:20pm C110 2D Design
2:00pm-4:50pm C115F Graphic Design

Screening of "No Subtitles Necessary" Directed by James Chressanthis
7:00pm Museum of Art at MSU
British Studies
Foyer Gallery
January 21 - February 4, 2011

*Opening: Friday, January 28, 2011 6pm-8pm

High School Art Competition
Foyer Gallery
February 12 – February 24, 2011

*Opening: Saturday, February 12, 2011 11am-2p

Scottie Parsons
Main Gallery
March 4 – April 15, 2011

*Opening: Friday, March 4, 2011 6pm-8pm

From the Ceramics Studio III
Foyer Gallery
March 4 – April 15, 2011

*Opening: Friday, March 4, 2011 6pm-8pm

Student Juried Exhibition
Main Gallery
May 6 – August 2011
All Media

*Opening: Friday, May 6, 2011 6pm-8pm

Senior Exhibition
Foyer Gallery
May 6 – August 2011

*Opening: Friday, May 6, 2011 6pm-8pm

Grading Standards

Your grade will be based on your participation of working on exhibitions produced in the main and foyer gallery (see The Juniata Harvey Art Gallery schedule provided on page 2, 3, 4). Your success in this course depends on your ability to keep and maintain a personal calendar of obligations for this course. It also depends on your ability to keep and maintain a personal e-mail account which you check and respond to in a timely manner. Students must notify me of e-mail account changes in writing.

Submission Format Policy Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
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