Technology is more than a set of tools for pragmatic areas of endeavor such as medicine or communication or transportation; it can also be a medium for creative expression and play. The Imagination Playground gallery invites visitors to interact with art and technology installations that run the gamut from art to games.
We collaborated with artist Zack Simpson to produce this interactive shadow projection. Stand still for a few moments and an edge detection algorithm leads butterflies to land on your shadow. The exhibit was replicated by more than 50 venues nationwide.
Hold hands with a a friend, cup your arm, or get creative and use your hair to catch falling sand in a variation on the edge detection software produced as part of an art and technology installation by Zack Simpson.
Senior Director of Exhibits and Programs (2002-2003) Director of Exhibits – (1999-2002)
Reported to VP of Exhibitions. Supervised a team of 13 staff and dozens of vendors in production of exhibitions and public programs. Managed $2.3 million annual capital and operating budget. Closed out contracts totaling several million dollars after the new facility opened and established standards to streamline future design, fabrication, and installation. Developed a five-year strategic plan leading to over $4 million in new project funding within three years. Served as liaison to Exhibits and Programs Committee of the Board and as principle investigator for NSF-funded Exploration gallery (Earth, Ocean, and Space); NSF-funded NetPl@net; and NIH-funded Genetics: Technology with a Twist. Introduced falling sand interactive replicated by more than 50 venues.
Exhibit Developer and Project Manager (1995-1999)
Led the development of $3.5 million Communications: Global Connections gallery for The Tech’s new facility opening October 1998. Made successful fundraising presentations to individual and corporate donors.