As curator of exhibitions, I’m mostly planning two to three years in advance. Traveling exhibitions are offered years before they appear on a museum’s walls. In order to secure exceptional exhibitions, I diligently and continually search for exhibitions that are a good fit for the Woodson and our audiences.
Once I confirmed our presentation of Boxes and Their Makers, I met with Roger Zimmerman and Pat Peckham, members of the Wisconsin Valley Woodturners, to discuss an exhibition of work by central and northern Wisconsin woodworkers. Both Roger and Pat found the possibilities intriguing, especially the opportunity to work on an exhibition twenty-seven months in advance.
Together, Roger, Pat, and I established criteria for our locally organized exhibition and, with the help of the Woodson’s summer intern, we came up with the title Think Inside the Box. The premise is for woodworkers to create enclosed containers that house an object or decorative design that gives each box a special character.
Now, if I could just find the perfect exhibition for the summer of 2012.