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Exhibitions Management


Units: 6


This course focuses on elements of exhibition management and introduces students to the process of planning and implementing exhibitions. This includes the roles and responsibilities of staff and community members in exhibition planning, ways to evaluate exhibitions and measure success, exhibition concept development, interpretative planning, exhibition design concepts, financial planning, and implementation logistics. Special topics will cover exhibition text and labels, managing exhibition controversy, and insurance. Assessments throughout the course intend to build upon one another, ultimately helping students to develop an exhibition brief to be used by stakeholders for fundraising, marketing, and other planning purposes. All students, but especially those that do not possess a visual arts background, may wish to examine issues present in contemporary aesthetics through readings (books, periodicals and web) and by asking questions in class. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Articulate best practices in exhibition management and understand how the development, design, and implementation processes are key to effective project management.
  2. Analyze exhibitions from a visitors perspective and evaluate ways in which exhibitions are successful and ways in which exhibitions might be improved.
  3. Be aware of exhibition controversies and current trends in the field and apply critical thinking skills to solve challenges.
  4. Develop an exhibition concept, interpretative plan, budget, timeline, concept sketch, and resource plan to develop an exhibition brief for fundraising, marketing, or other planning purposes.

Prerequisites Description

93-703 Arts Enterprises: Management and Structures and/or approval of the instructor. 93-807: Museum Operations is helpful, but not a requirement.