Gray’s Reef Exhibits

Client (Employer): Fernbank Museum of Natural History

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Project Description:

In 2002, while serving as Director of Exhibitions at Fernbank, I approached Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) about the possibility of refurbishing our coastal-themed exhibits.  Based on a my formal proposal, Fernbank Museum subsequently received a Partnership Funding Award from NOAA. Work commenced in early 2003 and included the fabrication of a full-scale diorama. Our goal of was to create the most realistic replica of the reef ever seen in an exhibit setting.

My responsibilities in relation to the project included topical research, team/project management, content development, label writing, exhibit component development, design of exhibition graphics and user interfaces, exhibit fabrication and display specimen procurement. I served as the principle liaison between Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary and the Museum for the duration of the project, providing regular status reports and itemized expenditure information for grant reporting purposes.

The project provided a terrific opportunity to build relationships with like-minded organizations including Georgia Southern University and the University of Georgia Marine Education Center, sharing information and resources towards common goals.

Click here to download an article I wrote about the project for Shades of Gray, the Sanctuary’s newsletter.

Project Team

I had a terrific team of people supporting me on this project, most notably:

  • Exhibit Designers/Artists: Sheila Ward, Rick Spears, Todd Gividen, , Jayne Rogers, Laura Solari
  • Fabrication Support: Jerry Washington
  • Education Team (Fernbank): Christine Bean, Heather Heimmer-Moody
  • Content Specialists: Erv Garrison (University of Georgia)
  • NOAA: Gail Krueger (Outreach Coordinator), Cathy Sakas (Education Coordinator)