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School of Architecture College of Design

Submit Your Proposals for Upcoming Exhibitions!



What are you researching?  What intriguing story do you want to tell? What conference or significant event do you want to connect to through an exhibitionGMD can help you tell that story in your role as guest curator.

GMD exhibitions explore design, designers, and design history for the College of Design and the wider community. GMD's Gallery 241 (McNeal) and HGA Gallery (Rapson) feature exhibitions organized by CDes faculty and staff, GMD staff and students, community expertise, and the scholarship of other organizations (traveling exhibitions). These exhibitions each run a semester. Gallery 241 is a high security location in which objects can be presented. Approximately 100 people/week visit this gallery. HGA Gallery is low security, so content is generally presented on boards. Approximately 250 people a week pass through this gallery. 

In addition, GMD represents CDes as part of a team that develops exhibitions for Northrop's Fourth Floor Gallery. These exhibitions are changed once a year and showcase the ideas across the UMN campus. This is also a low security gallery. Approximately 1500 people a week pass through this gallery.

We are currently reviewing proposals for spring 2018 and beyond. 

For fall 2017, we are working with Julia Robinson on an exhibition on Dutch Complex housing in conjunction with a book launch for HGA Gallery and with Stephanie Zollinger on an exhibition celebrating Jack Lenor Larsen's 90th birthday for Gallery 241. 

Guest curators are important to GMD exhibitions as you bring new ideas and research into an exhibition learning environment that our students and faculty can explore. Guest curators can be scholars, designers or other professionals, or enthusiasts with a deep knowledge of a particular topic.  The partnerships may vary, but the tasks of each guest curator [GC] are to: 

  • Develop the concept and flow of the exhibition
  • Secure funding for the exhibition and related programs [GMD can assist]
  • Select objects and/or imagery and produce a final written checklist for the exhibition
  • Provide GMD staff with draft copy for text panels and annotated labels for the exhibition
  • With GMD staff, develop exhibition design
  • Work within the agreed-upon budget
  • Speak about the exhibition topic at related programs and/or give gallery tours 
GMD will:

  • Communicate with GC  in a timely manner regarding the revision and editing of the text for panels and labels
  • Provide gallery space for the Exhibition
  • Develop graphic identity for the Exhibition that will appear in published (invitation, banner) and didactic materials (text panels, annotated labels)
  • Develop loan documents for the objects [Gallery 241]
  • Arrange for packing and round trip shipping of objects [Gallery 241]
  • Prepare the gallery and install the Exhibition
  • Promote the Exhibition through press release, invitation, magazine, eblasts, and website and work with the College of Design Communication Office on additional promotion
  • Provide gallery monitors for security during open hours [Gallery 241]
  • Secure the gallery after hours [Gallery 241]
  • Deinstall (or strike) the Exhibition at the end of the display period.

Exhibitions have reflected the work of grant-funded projects, can be timed to contribute to tenure review or a book launch, and can enhance a special event or conference. Objects from GMD's collection may be included in Gallery 241 exhibitions (for photos and info about collection objects see:

Successful guest curators have been both solo and team experiences (for past exhibitions see: Recent exhibitions organized with CDes faculty members as guest curators include:
  • Ladakah: A Spirit of Place; exhibition curator Kris Munn [funding from School of Architecture]
  • When Places Speak, exhibition co-curators Tasoulla Hadjiyanni and Lauren Martin (UROC) [funding to print photos]
  • A Right to Establish a Home; exhibition curator Greg Donofrio [developed with class research in partial support for tenure review; several grants received for HGA exhibition and pop-up version given to community partner] 
  • Mixtec Stonecutting Artistryexhibition curator: Benjamin Ibarra Sevilla [funding GIA, Imagine; developed in partial support for tenure review, exhibition traveled to Mexico and Texas]
  • Redesigning, Redefining Fashionexhibition curatorial team: Marilyn DeLong, Barbara Heinemann, Kathryn Reiley [several grants received for exhibition and related public programs]
  • Rural Designexhibition curator: Dewey Thorebeck [funding from MN AIA; developed in conjunction with a book launch, also developed as a low-security pop-up exhibition]
  • Smart Houseexhibition curatorial team: Lyn Bruin and Jodene Riha (grad student) [faculty/student partnership, IMLS grant received for exhibition and Twin Cities Public Television program which is still aired]

Complete this form and submit it to GMD at 364 McNeal Hall.  Proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis by GMD staff and others. 

Contact Lin Nelson-Mayson,, with questions and concerns.


Contact Information

Goldstein Museum of Design

364 McNeal Hall,

1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

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