Three people behind the development of an exhibit at the JSMA
By Lisa France
Video by Nathan Gilles
Creating an art exhibit is an intricate process that requires the skills and attention of many people. It takes great collaboration and up to five years to bring an exhibition from the developmental stages to the grand opening events. Three important people who come into play throughout this course are curator, facilities coordinator and exhibition interpreter. Here you can find interviews with Lawrence Fong, Josh Chadwick and Kay Fullerton, who explain how their jobs take an exhibit from beginning to end.
Josh Chadwick was drawn to the museum by a job posting that described a variety of duties. A self-proclaimed "Jack of all trades," Chadwick, 38, acts as facilities and media/gallery maintenance coordinator. He was born in Indiana but grew up on the Oregon coast. He came to the JSMA in 2008.
Lawrence Fong, 59, has valuable previous experience working at university art museums. Before his 23 years at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, he worked at the University of Arizona in Tucson. In 1988, he came to Eugene and the University of Oregon. Fong is the curator of American and region art for the JSMA.
As someone who has been interested in art her whole life, Kay Fullerton is an effective exhibition interpreter. She uses her volunteer position to spark the same kind of passion in as many museum visitors as she can. Fullerton, 51, and her family relocated to Eugene from Hawaii in 2006.