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Exhibition Designer and Project Manager

I collaborate with clients to develop their exhibit ideas into exciting, buildable plans. As the exhibit designer, I create gallery layouts, construction docs, models, and comprehensive design packages, including graphics. As the project manager, I help clients plan, test, and coordinate the installation of their exhibits.

Design clients: Indiana University Museum of Art • National Public Housing Museum • Chinese-American Museum of Chicago • The Brinton Museum, Big Horn, Wyoming • Field Museum • Chicago Collections Consortium • Wilmette Historical Museum • International Center for Preservation Studies

Design Experience

Markus Dohner Exhibition Design
Contract exhibit design and planning for museums, libraries, and cultural venues. LEED Green Associate.

Exhibition Designer
National Museum of the American Sailor
Great Lakes Naval Station, IL
Designed interpretive exhibitions on the history and heritage of the U.S. Navy and its sailors. Developed new exhibitions and refurbished existing displays in the museum and on the naval base.

Exhibition Designer
The Art Institute of Chicago
Managed outside designers and fabricators, monitoring for schedule and quality. Designed casework, walls, and architectural elements using CAD; selected materials and finishes; and created shop drawings. Led the discussion with conservation and protection services on gallery circulation and displays to ensure safe environment for both art and visitors. Applied ADA guidelines and best practices in exhibit design and lighting. Produced annotated construction packages, including all drawings, details, and specifications suitable for bidding, building, and installation of exhibits. Introduced new technology to enhance visitor’s appreciation of subject.

Exhibition Designer
Field Museum
Worked closely with team of designers, developers, and builders on the design of Ancient Americas.

Museum Installation Manager
Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago
Project-managed reinstallation of museum exhibitions including ordering and fabricating new high-quality cases. Worked closely with curators and educators to develop their exhibit ideas into working plans. Supervised full-time preparators and temporary staff, mount-making facility, and galleries. Designed objects layouts for complex topics. Produced exhibit and print graphics.

Teaching Experience / Presentations

2016, Adjunct faculty, Interpretive Exhibition Design course, Fashion Institute of Technology, NY, NY.
2016, Museum Exhibit Design Process Using Vectorworks, presentation given at Vectorworks Design Summit, Chicago
2015–2018, Introduction to Exhibit Design, International Preservation Studies Center, Mt. Carroll, IL
2011–2017, Guest lecturer, Visual arts management course, Columbia College Chicago