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More than 100 meetings at almost 50 institutions!

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    Host/Featured Exhibit
Date
Meeting
   

Shedd Aquarium

Oct 1991

First CMEG meeting 10-3-91: Organizational meeting

   

Field Museum
Into the Wild: Animal Trails and Tails

Nov 1991

Q&A, Discussion

CMEG: Chicago Museum Exhibitors Group  

Shedd Aquarium
Oceanarium opening

Jan 1992

Exhibit Reviews, What are the Criteria?

 

Adler Planetarium

Feb 1992

Evaluation as an exhibitor’s tool
How are we using it, and what are we finding out?

 

Kohl Children’s Museum

Mar 1992

 
  The Berghoff Restaurant Apr 1992 Working with consultants
 

Chicago Botanic Garden

May 1992

 
   

Museum of Science & Industry

Jun 1992

Asking the Visitor

   

Chicago Historical Society

Jul 1992

Team Process

   

Highland Park Historical Society

Aug 1992

Home & grounds tour

   

Field Museum

Sep 1992

When good exhibits go bad: Maintaining content integrity over time

   

SciTech
Chemistry demonstration

Oct 1992

Involving the visitor in the museum experience: Exhibit prototypes; science demonstrations as exhibit events

   

Harold Washington Library

Jan 1993

Developing a new museum for a multicultural market: What experiences will access learning for the Millennium generation?

languages  

Chicago Botanic Garden
Tropical Rainforests: A Disappearing Treasure

Feb 1993

Traveling exhibits: Exhibit sources, enhancing exhibits for use by teachers

 

Evanston Historical Society

Mar 1993

 

 

Chicago Academy of Sciences
Energy: Choosing our Future

Apr 1993

Evaluation and the exhibit development process: Discussion, try your hand at exhibit evaluation

 

Museum of Science & Industry

May 1993

MSI’s New Theme Song!
Era of Thematic Zones—opening of Communications Exhibit

 

Henry B. Clarke House Museum

Aug 1993

How do we get there? An exercise in signage: Outdoor and directional signage

 

Field Museum

Sep 1993

 

 

Brookfield Zoo

Nov 1993

The blind leading us: Working with ADA issues; using focus groups to learn from guests with visual impairments

   

Abrams Teller Madsen

Dec 1993

Holiday party

   

DuSable Museum

Jan 1994

Tour of exhibits

   

Field Museum
Messages from the Wilderness

Feb 1994

Messages from Message from the Wilderness: Summary of visitor evaluations

   

Mexican Fine Arts Museum
El Quinto Sol: Tenochtitlan Tlatelolco Recent Findings

Mar 1994

Q&A re. development of archaeological exhibit 

   

Adler Planetarium
The Universe in Your Hands: Early Tools of Astronomy

Apr 1994

Exhibit project team: Curators, designers, educators, builders, and evaluators working together; historical astronomical instruments; exhibit prototypes

   

Chicago Children’s Museum

Jun 1994

Prototyping a new museum: Play with and test prototypes

    Chicago Botanic Garden Jul 1994 Opening of Visitor Orientation Room:
Gateway Center

   

Chicago Academy of Sciences/ Nature Museum
Our Weakening Web: The Story of Extinction;
Water Works

Aug 1994

Primates in the gallery: Visitor response and museum responsibility: How well exhibit environments meet human needs

Page Top

   

Field Museum
DNA to Dinosaurs; Teeth, Tusks and Tarpits

Sep 1994

Voices of Doom Radio: Tales of Mesozoic Terror! Cross-departmental pre-opening jitters

   

Kohl Children’s Museum
People exhibit

Nov 1994

Responding to visitor behavior in interactive exhibits: Expectations and their communication, influence of design on behavior

Rock & Roll photo  

DuSable Museum
African Zion exhibit

Jan 1995

Installation issues: Lighting, humidity, temperature control

 

Reza’s Restaurant

Feb 1995

Informal gathering

 

Swedish American Museum

Mar 1995

Reaching beyond your borders: The challenges of ethnic and specialty museums

  Field Museum Apr 1995 Shaping Spatial Experience:
New media and technology
   

Field Museum

May 1995

Passage to Adventure: Informal presentation of photos, slides, videos documenting museums and exhibits from five continents and 9 of 50 states

   

River Trail Nature Center

Jun 1995

Relating to Nature: Creating meaningful experiences for urban youth

   

Lake County Discovery Museum

Aug 1995

From the highway to the gallery: Improving the approach to the exhibit; increasing visibility and clarity

   

Chicago Academy of Sciences/ Nature Museum at North Pier

Nov 1995

Getting the bucks: Practical advice for writing grants

   

International Museum of Surgical Science

Dec 1995

Holiday party
First CMEG holiday competition: One-minute exhibit idea presentations, ornament contest

   

Abrams Teller Madsen

Mar 1996

 

   

Chicago Architecture Foundation
Ingenious Solutions; Newhouse Competition

Jul 1996

Viewing of exhibits: Walking tour of downtown; dinner

   

Shedd Aquarium
Frogs!

Sep 1996

The challenges of live animal exhibits: Design, interpretation, animal care, ethics

   

Field Museum

Nov 1996

Museums in cyberspace: What’s happening on the Internet: Examples and ideas

   

Field Museum

Dec 1996

Holiday party
CMEG holiday competition: Creative ornaments; unwanted gift exchange

   

Chicago Children’s Museum
InfoTech Arcade

Feb 1997

Multimedia exhibit challenges: Developing, designing, programming and maintaining a multimedia exhibit

Gingerbread  

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

Apr 1997

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Oriental Institute

May 1997

 

  Skylight Design Jun 1997 Design house tour: How to make your idea a fully dimensional reality
 

Museum of Science and Industry
Idea Factory: An Exhibit for Young Children

Jul 1997

Idea Factory: Developing and maintaining a large water exhibit

   

Brookfield Zoo
The Swamp

Sep 1997

How Brookfield Zoo is changing its exhibit design process: Driven by interpretive objectives, involving all departments

   

Chicago Botanic Garden
Frank Lloyd Wright: Drawing Inspiration from Nature

Oct 1997

Collaboration between museums: Expectations, communication, negotiations, goals, roles, work styles, outcomes

   

Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum
Dia de Muertos: A Living Tradition

Nov 1997

Repeat exhibits: Maintaining viability for staff and visitors

   

Lincoln Park Zoo
Great Ape House

Dec 1997

What drives exhibit development? Comparison: LPZoo (Great Apes) and Adler (Timeless Space)

   

Chicago Historical Society
Rooting, Uprooting: The West Side – Neighborhoods: Keepers of Culture series

Jan 1998

Working with communities: Using neighborhood advisory groups to develop exhibits

   

Kohl Children’s Museum
The Shoes We Use

Apr 1998

Aiming for Durability: Designing and creating durable exhibits

   

SciTech

May 1998

Museum in a School: 75 traveling exhibits that travel to schools

   

Art Institute of Chicago
Telling Images: Stories in Art

Jun 1998

Telling images: Stories in art:  Creating an exhibit (interactive devices and gallery environment) using an advisory group of children

   

Field Museum
Living Colors: A Butterfly Garden

Jul 1998

How to run an outdoor exhibit (by an indoor museum)

   

Lincoln Park Zoo: Laflin Administration Building

Dec 1998

How well to videos work in exhibits? Exploring audiences, setting, topics, length, monitor placement

   

Field Museum
Underground Adventure

Jun 1999

Working with vendors near and far: Pros and cons of using vendors for design and production – distance, practices, procedures

   

IIT Institute of Design

Sep 1999

Museum Campus design presentation: Systems level analysis by IIT ID grad students for integrating and enhancing campus function and visitor experience

   

Adler Planetarium

Dec 1999

Creating effective introductory galleries: challenges and solutions

Lighting  

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
Honoring the Morning Star: Lakota Star Quilts from Pine Ridge South Dakota

Mar 2000

Scotch tape and photocopies: Creating exhibits with very limited resources (time, space, personnel, money)


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Field Museum
Sue–Tyrannosaurus rex

Jun 2000

Excellence or extinction? A duet on the future of museum exhibition: How to survive in the information marketplace – competing venues and vehicles

   

Brookfield Zoo
Habitat Africa! The Forest

Sep 2000

Animal Exhibits and Human Culture: Incorporating people into zoo, aquarium, natural history exhibits

   

Newberry Library
To the Ends of the Earth: Exploring the Poles

Dec 2000

Uniting polar opposites: Strategies for integrating unrelated ideas and materials

   

Lake County Discovery Museum
Bringing the World Home; The Mall of History; Vortex Roller Coaster Theater

Mar 2001

Branding through exhibits: Using exhibits to establish brand awareness for a museum

freedom museum  

Peace Museum: Garfield Park Field House

May 2001

The Labor of Culture: A Forum on Museums and Unions

 

Morton Arboretum
Big Rock Visitor Station

Jun 2001

Go out and play: Getting visitors out of their cars and into nature: Visitor stations for interpretation in large sites

 

Brookfield Zoo
Hamill Family Play Zoo

Sep 2001

Building a foundation for caring about nature: Providing positive nature experience for kids

 

Chicago Historical Society
Fashion, Flappers ‘n’ all That Jazz

Nov 2001

Bringing exhibit artifacts to life: Using fictitious scenes to help imagine historical settings
CMEG 10th anniversary celebration: CMEG competition for best proposal for an exhibit that would never be built

 

DuPage Children’s Museum

Mar 2002

Working together: Exhibit development and program planning

   

Spertus Museum
A Gateway to Medieval Mediterranean Life: Cairo’s Ben Ezra Synagogue

Jun 2002

What is the role of museums when disaster strikes? Responses after 9/11; challenges, sensitivities, cross-cultural connections

   

Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio

Sep 2002

Reading between the lines: Three perspectives on the future of exhibit labels

   

Chicago Children’s Museum
Gingerbread Fantasy Factory

Dec 2002

Creating meaningful interactives: Incorporating learning with play

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Lincoln Park Zoo
Farm in the Zoo

Mar 2003

Accessibility and exhibits: Issues and experiences re. accessibility in exhibits and websites

   

River Trail Nature Center

Jun 2003

Wayfinding: don’t get lost in the woods! Wayfinding materials, design challenges, evaluation

   

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Discovering Chimpanzees: The Remarkable World of Jane Goodall

Sep 2003

Balancing mission and traveling exhibits: Fitting the mission with the museum

mission moving truck
   

Fire Museum of Greater Chicago

Dec 2003

New year, new plans: Start-up museum: planning for a permanent space
CMEG holiday competition: artistic interpretation of favorite exhibit or museum

Stevenson  

Chicago Children’s Museum
BIG Backyard

Apr 2004

White model workshop: Foam-core model-making session

 

Morton Arboretum
InTREEguing TreeHouses

Jun 2004

Temporary exhibitions in plant-based settings: Challenges of mounting exhibitions in existing collections

 

Adler Planetarium
Milky Way Galaxy

Sep 2004

Photography as an interpretive tool: Roles that images play in exhibit development and presentation

 

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Dec 2004

Building greener exhibits: Wise use of materials, energy, other resources for exhibits

 

Oriental Institute
Empires in the Fertile Crescent

Mar 2005

Speaking for the object: The Role of Museums, part 1; Object-based museums

 

SciTech
Outdoor Science Park

Jun 2005

Science in motion…History live! The Role of Museums, part 2; Experience-oriented museums

 

Shedd Aquarium
Crabs!

Sep 2005

What’s next? The Role of Museums, part 3; Looking toward the future

 

Museum of Science and Industry
U-505 Experience

Nov 2005

Lighting up museum exhibitions: Lighting design; conservation, interpretation

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Terry Dowd, Inc.
Studio tour

Mar 2006

Moving and interpreting large objects in exhibits: Practical aspects and interpretive challenges

   

McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum

Jun 2006

Putting the visitor on view: Exhibits that require visitor input and feedback

   

Morton Arboretum
Children’s Garden

Sep 2006

Making museums matter to teenagers: Programs and approaches

   

Field Museum
Evolving Planet

Dec 2006

Faith, science and the 21st century museum: Evolution and creationism

   

Shedd Aquarium
Wild Reef

Mar 2007

Assessing excellence in exhibitions: Four approaches

   

Adler Planetarium
Shoot for the Moon

Oct 2007

Evaluating computer interactives: Usability, maintenance, design

   

Chicago Cultural Center
HereThereEverywhere: Chicago’s Festival of Maps

Feb 2008

Wayfinding and finding ways: Integrating maps creatively into the exhibit experience

   

Chicago History Museum
Catholic Chicago

Apr 2008

Multi-lingual communication in today’s exhibits: Insights into the issues, what works, what’s still to be learned

Do kids learn?
   

Chicago Children’s Museum
Skyline exhibit

Jun 2008

Do kids really learn anything in children’s exhibits? How research guides exhibit development

   

Isle a la Cache Museum

Oct 2008

Exhibit design on a dime: Value engineering in museum renovation

   

Chicago Scenic Studios Inc.
Studio tour

Jan 2009

Working with exhibit fabrication vendors: Productive relationships, fabrication capabilities

   

Intelligent Lighting Creations
Studio tour

Apr 2009

Lighting basics and new technologies: Exhibit lighting, product samples, demonstrations, maintenance planning

      moving forward
   

Shedd Aquarium
Oceanarium renovation

Jul 2009

Moving forward despite the downturn: Creative solutions for museum professionals during the recession

   

Field Museum
Traveling the Pacific, Pacific Spirits

Oct 2009

Looking back – Moving forward: The challenge of creating visitor-centered exhibits; reviewing 20 years of progress

   

Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy
Adlai Stevenson exhibit

Dec 2009

An evening of ornaments and inspirations: Sharing what inspires our work in museums

Motorola meeting   Museum of Science and Industry
Science Storms
April 2010 Hybrids! Multimedia + Physical Interactivity
Interactives that integrate multimedia with a physical experience

  Morton Arboretum
Steelroots

June 2010 Connecting to Visitors through Art: How four institutions incorporate art into their exhibits

  The Art Institute of Chicago
Renzo Piano's Modern Wing

Sep 2010 The planning and design process of the Ryan Education Center
  Redmoon Theater

Dec 2010 A Night at Redmoon Theater
  Ravenswood Studio, Inc. Mar 2011 Beyond Green Exhibits: A comprehensive approach to sustainable design

    Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

July 2011 Telling Difficult Stories: Exhibit design and marketing of challenging topics
    Kohl Children Museum
Sep 2011 Ins and Outs: Success with Traveling Exhibits
And celebration! CMEG's 20th anniversary!

    Jane Addams Hull-House Museum Dec 2011 Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Meets the Excellent Judges.

    Chicago History Museum
Feb 2012 Out in Chicago:
Communities, Exhibitions, and Inclusion

    Shedd Aquarium July 2012 On Beyond QR Codes

    Adler Planetarium

Oct 2012 Science Live! In the Windy City
    Museum of Science and Industry
Wanger Family FabLab

Jan 2013 Make It – Hack It
The Maker Movement and Museums
    Elmhurst History Museum June 2013 Cool Collaborations
Small museums working with partners to make unique exhibits!

  Historic Wagner Farm
Glenview

Aug 2013 History, LIVE!
  Smart Museum of Art Oct 2013 R iPads 4 U?
Use of iPads in exhibits

  Field Museum Feb 2014 Dioramas: Dead or Alive?
The History and Future of the Wildlife Habitat

  Chicago Children's Museum April 2014 In the Internet age, why visit a museum?
Maximizing your museum's unique niche

  Swedish American Museum July 2014 The Power of Immersion

    Motorola Sep 2014 Exhibits & Institutional Storytelling

    Chicago History Museum Dec 2014 Is it real? Who cares?
The 1968 Exhibit and "Bounderies of the Real" activity

    Arts Club of Chicago Apr 2015 That Belongs in a Museum!
Joint meeting

    Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

July 2015 Museums & Social Justice
What Role Can we Play?
    DANK Haus German Cultural Center Sep 2015 Chicago's Families: Where Community Begins
A project of the Chicago Cultural Alliance

    The Field Museum Feb 2016 Same Object, New Label
Changing Approaches to Museum Interpretation

    Brookfield Zoo June 2016 Communicating Conservation:
From Evidence to Empathy

   

Bridgeport Art Center and Chicago Maritime Museum

Oct 2016

CMEG Past, Present, Future
Celebrating and musing

    Red Box Workshop Mar 2017 Design, Make, Play
Adventures in Exhibit Prototyping

    Lincoln Park Zoo June 2017 Oops!
Mistakes Made and Lessons Learned

    Chicago History Museum Sep 2017 Alternative Facts
When and how do museums, zoos, and aquariums rspond to the current political climate?

 

~ Other milestones: field trips, celebrations, workshops, and the evolution of CMEG Genesis
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