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Exhibitions Office

Painting by Kenneth Nolan

The Exhibitions Office team includes professional exhibit designers; graphic designers; cabinet makers; art installers; and a lighting designer, mount maker, and matting and framing specialist. It's our job to design and install all the galleries and lobbies of the Museum.

We work with curators to decide how artworks are going to be displayed in the galleries, then pick paint colors; design exhibit furniture; develop graphics; and choose draperies, frames, and plants for each space. Not only do we strive to create beautiful spaces that show the art in the best possible light, we also make sure the galleries and cases are designed to keep the art works protected and preserved, so they can be enjoyed for years to come. Designing isn't the only thing we do. Our team also coordinates with colleagues in the Registrar's Office to install and light the art. Installation is the most exciting time for us because we get see all the different parts that we've worked on come together as one final presentation. It is also a time when we get a chance to work closely with the art objects, and sometimes meet the artists who created them.

If you have questions for us, or would like to know more about the work we do, contact us by email at AmericanArtExhibitions[at]

Pictured: Kenneth Noland, Split, 1959, acrylic, 94 x 94 1/4 in., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Vincent Melzac Collection