Making Treasure-trove

Our upcoming exhibition Into the Deep takes a look at glass artists who are inspired by the ocean. Glass is an incredible medium, and it allows artists to capture the effects of being underwater better than any other artistic medium. Last November, artists Kelly O’Dell and Raven Skyriver collaborated on a series of barnacle-encrusted shells, which will be featured in the exhibition, in the Museum of Glass Hot Shop. The complex process is a great example how versatile the medium of glass can be.

Harbor Seal Habitat Renovation Evaluation

This report presents the findings from a front-end evaluation prior to a renovation of the harbor seal habitat at the Seattle Aquarium. The study was undertaken to help Seattle Aquarium staff measure visitor knowledge of harbor seals as well as illustrate visitor use of the current exhibit space. The intent was to inform the content of future interpretive materials as well as provide a baseline for future summative studies evaluating the success of changes made to the exhibit.

Contained: A Contemporary Art Exhibition at Kirkland Arts Center

"Contained" was produced as part of the Emerging Curator Initiative – a collaboration between Kirkland Arts Center and the University of Washington’s Museology Graduate Program. The exhibit, which opened on February 17, 2012 and ran through March 22, 2012 included works from local contemporary artists, organized around the central theme: we use containers as metaphors for thoughts and memories. This research paper focuses on the processes and challenges that led to the creation of "Contained" and the ways in which museum exhibition development and the practices of audience research were applied in an art gallery setting. It discusses the implementation of an exhibit design theory called “The Arc of the Exhibit Process,” a design theory which featured museum-centric strategies such as the Big Idea, and as well as strategies for interpretive planning. It concludes with the results of the summative evaluation that accompanied the completion of the exhibit, which was used to evaluate the success of goals for exhibit design and visitor experience.