For the first time earlier this week our class was able to visit the gallery where the exhibit about masks and Spirit Boards from Papua New Guinea will be displayed. It was an incredible moment, to stand there and visualize exactly what we want our final display to look like.
Several months ago, on our first day of class, we were told that our semester long project would be to design an exhibit around a selection of artifacts that were housed in the Regis College Library. We knew nothing about them except that they were from Papua New Guinea. Weeks of research followed, trying to identify what our objects were, who made them, and what they were used for. Now, after so much work, we have begun to finalize and edit our exhibit labels, put together our brochure, and design our exhibit.
This week we ran around from detail to detail, trying to perfect our project. We now know what our exhibit will look like, what it will teach, and what sort of takeaway we want our audience to have. The planning stage is starting to come to a close, as we put the final touches on our design. Soon we will be ready for the installation stage, and then eventually for public viewing. Watching the exhibit pieced together from a vague idea to a solid game plan has been an incredible experience.
-Ashley Campbell, Museum Studies Practicum