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Our South Dakota: Big Land/Big Ideas/Big Heart was on display in the Mavis T. and Florence Brown Hogen Gallery at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center from October 2011 to March 2013. The 1,400 square foot exhibit, was targeted to a K-6th grade audience and families, created a whimsical and fun environment for informally learning all about the state. Four major themes – comparisons, landscapes, big ideas and community – ran throughout the exhibition. The exhibit garnered the society an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Leadership in History Awards. Shown here is the 8' x 10' graphic that I designed for the exhibit introduction. This design also became the promotional image for all exhibit marketing.
Our South Dakota: Big Land/Big Ideas/Big Heart was on display in the Mavis T. and Florence Brown Hogen Gallery at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center from October 2011 to March 2013. The 1,400 square foot exhibit, was targeted to a K-6th grade audience and families, created a whimsical and fun environment for informally learning all about the state. Four major themes – comparisons, landscapes, big ideas and community – ran throughout the exhibition. The exhibit garnered the society an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Leadership in History Awards. Shown here is a large map of the United States that I created to help explain how South Dakota compares to other states in size.
Our South Dakota: Big Land/Big Ideas/Big Heart was on display in the Mavis T. and Florence Brown Hogen Gallery at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center from October 2011 to March 2013. The 1,400 square foot exhibit, was targeted to a K-6th grade audience and families, created a whimsical and fun environment for informally learning all about the state. Four major themes – comparisons, landscapes, big ideas and community – ran throughout the exhibition. The exhibit garnered the society an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Leadership in History Awards. Shown here is a wall of graphic that help convey the sense of community that is present throughout the state.
Our South Dakota: Big Land/Big Ideas/Big Heart was on display in the Mavis T. and Florence Brown Hogen Gallery at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center from October 2011 to March 2013. The 1,400 square foot exhibit, was targeted to a K-6th grade audience and families, created a whimsical and fun environment for informally learning all about the state. Four major themes – comparisons, landscapes, big ideas and community – ran throughout the exhibition. The exhibit garnered the society an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Leadership in History Awards. Shown here is wall of animals designed to help people compare their size to that of a prairie dog, coyote, bison, and Columbian Mammoth. Each animal is shown at full scale.
The exhibit Furniture: The Fancy & The Functional opened in the Mavis T. and Florence Brown Hogen Gallery at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center on April 20. The gallery 1,400 square foot gallery exhibition was on display through February 2014. As Curator of Exhibits, I was responsible for content development, design concept, space layout, graphic design, and artifact selection. I supported other staff with artifact placement, general construction, and installation. I developed the space to be a perfect blend of images, artifacts, hands-on activities, content, and color. Shown here is the entry to the exhibit gallery.
The exhibit Furniture: The Fancy & The Functional opened in the Mavis T. and Florence Brown Hogen Gallery at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center on April 20. The gallery 1,400 square foot gallery exhibition was on display through February 2014. As Curator of Exhibits, I was responsible for content development, design concept, space layout, graphic design, and artifact selection. I supported other staff with artifact placement, general construction, and installation. I developed the space to be a perfect blend of images, artifacts, hands-on activities, content, and color. Shown here is a hand-on activity that gives visitors the opportunity to plan their own room using doll furniture.
The exhibit Furniture: The Fancy & The Functional opened in the Mavis T. and Florence Brown Hogen Gallery at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center on April 20. The gallery 1,400 square foot gallery exhibition was on display through February 2014. As Curator of Exhibits, I was responsible for content development, design concept, space layout, graphic design, and artifact selection. I supported other staff with artifact placement, general construction, and installation. I developed the space to be a perfect blend of images, artifacts, hands-on activities, content, and color. The exhibit explored five main areas of the home, the parlor, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, and living room. Each room had it's own color scheme, but all colors coordinated into one cohesive exhibit space.
The exhibit Furniture: The Fancy & The Functional opened in the Mavis T. and Florence Brown Hogen Gallery at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center on April 20. The gallery 1,400 square foot gallery exhibition was on display through February 2014. As Curator of Exhibits, I was responsible for content development, design concept, space layout, graphic design, and artifact selection. I supported other staff with artifact placement, general construction, and installation. I developed the space to be a perfect blend of images, artifacts, hands-on activities, content, and color. The exhibit explored five main areas of the home, the parlor, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, and living room. Each room had it's own color scheme, but all colors coordinated into one cohesive exhibit space.
The exhibit opened in the Museum's 1000 square foot Observation Gallery in April 2014 and will be on display through April 2016. Through the new exhibit visitors will recognize that our state’s environment has changed over time; that the brown and green grasslands of today have not always been the appearance of South Dakota. I was responsible for graphic design and development on this exhibit. Shown here is what people see as they enter the gallery.
The exhibit opened in the Museum's 1000 square foot Observation Gallery in April 2014 and will be on display through April 2016. Through the new exhibit visitors will recognize that our state’s environment has changed over time; that the brown and green grasslands of today have not always been the appearance of South Dakota. I was responsible for graphic design and development on this exhibit.
The exhibit opened in the Museum's 1000 square foot Observation Gallery in April 2014 and will be on display through April 2016. Through the new exhibit visitors will recognize that our state’s environment has changed over time; that the brown and green grasslands of today have not always been the appearance of South Dakota. I was responsible for graphic design and development on this exhibit.
The exhibit opened in the Museum's 1000 square foot Observation Gallery in April 2014 and will be on display through April 2016. Through the new exhibit visitors will recognize that our state’s environment has changed over time; that the brown and green grasslands of today have not always been the appearance of South Dakota. I was responsible for graphic design and development on this exhibit. Shown here is a graphic panel designed to explain the difference between East and West River in South Dakota.
The 1,400 square foot exhibit explores South Dakota’s rich baseball history. From the early town teams to the establishment of both amateur and professional leagues, South Dakotans have seen many great players and great teams. The sport continues to bring generations together at ball fields and parks throughout the state, whether one is a fan or a player. As Curator of Exhibits, I was responsible for spatial planning, construction specifications of built components, and graphic design. I supported other staff with artifact placement, general construction, and installation. The exhibit used a mix of reading rail, small factoid, and artifact label graphics. I laid out each panel and label for the exhibit.
The 1,400 square foot exhibit explores South Dakota’s rich baseball history. From the early town teams to the establishment of both amateur and professional leagues, South Dakotans have seen many great players and great teams. The sport continues to bring generations together at ball fields and parks throughout the state, whether one is a fan or a player. As Curator of Exhibits, I was responsible for spatial planning, construction specifications of built components, and graphic design. I supported other staff with artifact placement, general construction, and installation. Shown here is a large panel graphic showing baseball players from South Dakota.
The 1,400 square foot exhibit explores South Dakota’s rich baseball history. From the early town teams to the establishment of both amateur and professional leagues, South Dakotans have seen many great players and great teams. The sport continues to bring generations together at ball fields and parks throughout the state, whether one is a fan or a player. As Curator of Exhibits, I was responsible for spatial planning, construction specifications of built components, and graphic design. I supported other staff with artifact placement, general construction, and installation. The exhibit used a mix of reading rail, small factoid, and artifact label graphics. I laid out each panel and label for the exhibit.
The 1,400 square foot exhibit explores South Dakota’s rich baseball history. From the early town teams to the establishment of both amateur and professional leagues, South Dakotans have seen many great players and great teams. The sport continues to bring generations together at ball fields and parks throughout the state, whether one is a fan or a player. As Curator of Exhibits, I was responsible for spatial planning, construction specifications of built components, and graphic design. I supported other staff with artifact placement, general construction, and installation. The exhibit used a mix of reading rail, small factoid, and artifact label graphics. I laid out each panel and label for the exhibit.
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Exhibit Design

I design, develop, manage, construct, and install museum exhibits to effectively portray and interpret South Dakota's history and cultural heritage to museum visitors. I work alongside the museum staff to transform exhibit content into a visually pleasing, stimulating, and easily understood exhibition components, hands-on interactives, and print and digital graphics while maintaining graphic design unity and working under the constraints of a limited budget and deadlines. I provide leadership in project management (including managing budget and schedule), design, fabrication, and installation of exhibitions. Images shown display a variety of exhibits from 2011 - 2014,

Kathryn Vandel
Curator of Exhibits Pierre, SD