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  • Michael Shveima

    Exhibit Designer

    Charlottesville, VA

Shveima Associates is a creative studio made for telling your story. We focus on the design and development of content-driven exhibitions for history museums, libraries and other cultural, educational and corporate clients.

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Work History

Principal / Creative and Managing Director, Shveima Associates, May 2012 to present As Creative Director, provides input on every aspect of the design process from initial concept to final installation. Conceptualizes, designs, produces, and supervises large and small-scale exhibit design and graphic design projects. Expert 3D drafting and rendering skill set, provides detailed production documents as well as photo-realistic presentation renderings of the planned exhibit space. Experienced in the design and development of all exhibit graphics, logos, signage and brochures as well as promotional mailings and newsletters. A skilled user of graphic design programs such as Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator. Proficient in digital publishing and coding HTML and CSS in order to produce companion iPad applications and websites for exhibits. As a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the National Association for Museum Exhibition, incorporates the AIGA Standards of Professional Practice and the Standards for Museum Exhibitions into everyday design practice. As Managing Director, works closely with clients and, depending on the project scope, a roster of associated professionals and is responsible for the planning, development and supervision of each project. Completed advanced project management courses at the University of Virginia and integrates best-practice techniques for design workflow, digital asset management and stakeholder communication into every project. Proficient in Filemaker Pro database creation. Recent work by Shveima Associates includes providing comprehensive exhibit design services to the Library of Congress for exhibitions in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, California. Past exhibitions at the Library of Congress includes: The Musical Worlds of Victor Herbert; Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine: Two Kids from Brooklyn; The Gibson Girl’s America: Drawings by Charles Dana Gibson; A Night at the Opera; A Day Like No Other: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington; Mapping a New Nation: Abel Buell's Map of the United States, 1784; American Ballet Theatre: Touring the Globe for 75 Years; A Thousand Years of the Persian Book; Grand Illusion: The Art of Theatrical Design; and Pointing Their Pens: Herblock and Fellow Cartoonists Confront the Issues. • Fluent in Adobe Creative Suite (including InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator) and Keynote • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written and illustrative), independent researcher/writer • Expert experience in exhibition design and planning and content development Senior Exhibit Designer, Design 3, November 2007 to April 2012 Served as the studio’s lead designer and project manager on a wide range of large and small-scale exhibit design and graphic design projects that included, among others, the following: The American Swedish Historical Museum: The Sven Gunnarson and Jonas Nilsson New Sweden Gallery Henrico County: Museum in Memory of Virginia E. Randolph History Museum of Western Virginia: Migration at the Crossroads of History Library of Congress: Votes, Voices, Victory: Presidential Campaign Songs Library of Congress: Molto Animato! Music and Animation Library of Congress: NAACP, A Century in the Fight for Freedom Library of Congress: As the Old Sing, So the Young Twitter: Selections from the Dayton C. Miller Collections Library of Congress: To Know Wisdom and Instruction: The Armenian Literary Tradition Louisa County Historical Society: Sargeant Museum of Louisa County History Nauticus / Hampton Roads Naval Museum: Modern Terror on the High Seas Shirley Plantation: 400 Years at Shirley Plantation Lecturer, UNITEC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, March 2003 to July 2004 As a visiting lecturer at the UNITEC Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand for three semesters, responsibilities included creating a syllabus for the second-year history survey course, A History of Architecture Since 1750 and writing and delivering all twelve three-hour lectures to a class of sixty-plus students each semester using Keynote/PowerPoint. Served as a studio instructor to second-year and fourth-year design studios over three semesters. Previous work experience includes the Office of the Architect for the University of Virginia, the Department of Historic Resources of Virginia, and the Office of the Curator at the United States Treasury.


University of Notre Dame: Bachelor of Architecture, with a second major in art history; University of Virginia: Master of Architectural History; and as a Fulbright grantee, I conducted independent research on modern Scandinavian design topics while based in Stockholm and Uppsala, Sweden.



American Alliance of Museums, Virginia Association of Museums and AIGA, the professional association for design