About the speaker

Clare Brown is an Exhibition Designer and Graphic Designer with 15 years experience working for museums in Washington DC and New York City. She has designed interpretive history and art exhibitions for the Museum of the City of New York, the New-York Historical Society, the Newseum, and the National Museum of American History.

Her most recent exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution include two installations of the First Ladies Gowns collection (2009, 2011) and the new installation of Julia Child’s Kitchen and the associated exhibition titled Food: Transforming the American Table, 1950-2000 (2012). In addition to practicing exhibition design, Clare has also taught design to graduate students at GWU and the Corcoran College of Art + Design for the past 7 years. Clare currently serves as the Department Chair and as an Assistant Professor for the Master of Arts in Exhibition Design program at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. She also currently researches and gives lectures about the relationship between “space and meaning” and the importance of multi-disciplinary collaboration when creating environmental design.

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Exhibition design is the 3-dimensional translation or manifestation of a narrative, story, idea, concept, question, memory. Exhibition designers create transformative experiences that educate, awe, inspire, and engage visitors. — Clare Brown

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