Conference: “Museum Exhibits and Standards: A Look Ahead”

November 28-29, 2016

At the Large Salon of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
1 November 15th Street (next to Parliament)

A conference sponsored by the Bi-National Commission for the Preservation of Bulgaria’s Cultural Heritage
Free of charge and open to the public.

Keynote Speakers

Kara Blond

Director of Exhibitions, Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History

Kara Blond is the Director of Exhibitions at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. A member of the NMNH executive team, Ms. Blond provides strategic direction for exhibitions as part of the museum’s overall public engagement program. Her team oversees all aspects of exhibit development, design and production for a broad suite of compelling, accessible and progressive science exhibits. Previously, Kara served as Chief of Exhibition Development and Project Management at NMNH, managing experience planning and project coordination. From 2003-2010, Kara worked at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park, where she was Manager of Exhibit Development and oversaw the content development, script writing and project management of all interpretive exhibits. At the Zoo, Kara received the Smithsonian’s 2007 Achievement in Education award for her work on the award-winning Asia Trail exhibit. In a previous life, Kara was a newspaper reporter at Newsday in New York. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a masters degree in Education: Learning, Design and Technology from Stanford University.

Adam Nilsen

Head of Education and Interpretation at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

Dr. Adam Nilsen is the Head of Education and Interpretation at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. He completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in cultural anthropology at Stanford and New York University, respectively, and his PhD in educational psychology at Stanford. His specialization is in history and social science education, and specifically how people relate to others whom they perceive to be different from themselves, past and present. Previously, he was a researcher and curator at the Oakland Museum of California, where he curated exhibits on California history. He has over 15 years of experience conducting research on visitor engagement in museums, and he is passionate about bringing psychological research on learning to museum exhibits and programs.

Nathalie Ryan

Senior Educator & Manager, Department of Gallery and Studio Learning, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Nathalie Ryan is Senior Educator & Manager, Department of Gallery and Studio Learning, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, where she has coordinated programs for families, teens, and adults since 2002.  Prior to that, she worked at the Dallas Museum of Art, Jack. S. Blanton Museum of Art, and Allen Memorial Art Museum.  Nathalie received her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and studied art at Oberlin College. She is an instructor at Harvard Project Zero, leading professional development workshops for educators on Artful Thinking, Mindful Looking, and Teaching Global Competence through Art.  Nathalie is the lead author of An Eye for Art: Focusing on Great Artists and their Work (Chicago Review Press 2013).

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