The LCWR History Committee members lived with the exhibit for four years, contributing their wisdom, vision and unwavering commitment, while the LCWR staff’s steady support sustained the project as it moved from idea to reality.
“Women & Spirit” relied heavily on history’s guardians and storytellers: the congregational archivists who shared rarely seen treasures, and the advisors who reviewed accuracy for content and balance.
The National Communicators Network for Women Religious (NCMWR) answered myriad requests for content and outreach. Archives and historic collections from across the country provided images, film and artifacts to create a context for telling this quintessentially American story.
Bob Weis Design Island led the creative development of the exhibit design in collaboration with LCWR beginning in 2005. Seruto & Co then assembled an award-winning team of designers, writers, producers, and fabricators to develop this concept in rich detail and to execute it with a passion for excellence.
The team at Cincinnati Museum Center carefully prepared artifacts and documents to withstand the rigors of a traveling exhibition.
DESIGN & PRODUCTION TEAM
BOB WEIS DESIGN ISLAND, Original Concept Design
SERUTO & CO., Exhibit Producers
HARVEST MOON STUDIO, Creative Direction, Content Development, Website
JOHN PALMER LOW, Exhibit Design
DESIGN ISLAND, Media Production
HUNT DESIGN, Graphic Design
KATHY TALLEY-JONES Exhibit Curator, Education Content Writer
CINCINNATI MUSEUM CENTER, Artifact Registration Services, Artifact Mounts
VISUAL TERRAIN, Lighting Design
LUNA RED MEDIA AND DESIGN, AV Systems and Sound Design
BENCHMARK SCENERY, INC., Exhibit and Case Fabrication
CRUSH CREATIVE, Graphic Production
Seruto & Company
Seruto & Company (S&C) directs all phases of the creation and implementation of exhibitions and attractions. S&C is known for developing high quality experiences while holding to budget and schedule. As producers and project managers, S&C orchestrates complex teams and processes and finds the right resources to bring projects to fruition.
For AEG S&C directed design and production for the touring exhibitions “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” and “America I Am: The African American Imprint.” For Bob Weis Design Island they produced and managed “CSI: The Experience,” and “Top of the Rock.” S&C recently produced and marketed “Women & Spirit” a travelling exhibition on the history of Catholic sisters in America.
Bob Weis Design Island
Design Island is a creative development and production group fueled by imagination, and driven by experience.
For over a decade, our award-winning team has been envisioning, collaborating, and creating memorable experiences that energize, excite, and educate visitors around the world.
We develop creative entertainment and educational solutions for some of the most prestigious names in the Museum Industry, Theme Parks and Attractions, Film & Television Industry and Government.
A continuum of creative and production services – creative and story development, multimedia production, unusual formats and digital interactive services – Design Island provides the expertise and tools to seamlessly realize clients’ projects from concept to reality.
Heather Lindquist / Harvest Moon Studio
Heather Lindquist has worked in interpretive exhibit design and museum planning for over 20 years. With a background in American history, she approaches each project with an eye toward the larger story it can tell, its ability to connect diverse audiences through shared experiences, and its potential to inspire deeper exploration and life-long learning.
In venues stretching from Andersonville, Georgia, to Manzanar, California, Ms. Lindquist has developed numerous exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the United States. Projects for the National Park Service include the National Prisoner of War Museum, the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Manzanar National Historic Site, Badlands National Park, the Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial, and the Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center. Recent projects for museums and cultural institutions include the Roseville Utility Exploration Center, the U.S. National Slavery Museum, and multiple presidential libraries, including the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Over the course of shepherding multiple projects from concept to installation, Ms. Lindquist has developed skills as a collaborative team player, project manager, and database administrator. As a founding partner of Harvest Moon Studio, a multimedia production firm, Ms. Lindquist is well versed in how to shape content for interactive, web, and audiovisual media.
Ms. Lindquist received a BA in American Studies (with Distinction), and a BA in French Studies from Stanford University in 1982.
John Palmer Low / JPL Design
John Palmer Low is an interpretive designer, skilled at all aspects of exhibition design from concept through detail. He has over 30 years experience in the field and believes that creating exhibits is a collaborative process where each member of the team brings their expertise to the table.
He works well in a team environment and has considerable experience working with production shops, developing design concepts for production with a recent emphasis on developing interactives. He is a skilled graphic designer and illustrator and often develops the graphic package for exhibitions, along with associated print materials.
Mr. Low spent seven years with Miller-Dunwiddie Architects in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he served as an architectural historian and designer. He has also worked with Barry Howard Limited and the Last Design Company in California, as Senior Designer, then Principal. He started his own firm, John Palmer Low/Design where he combined museum and exhibition design with commercial illustration, graphic design and fine art.
His work has included museum planning and exhibition design for institutions of all sizes along with historic resources surveys, National Register nominations for individual structures and museum quality historic restorations. He has worked in all phases of design for a variety of projects ranging in size from visitor centers to expo pavilions and led design teams on the larger projects. He has provided a wide range of services including conceptual design, design development, detailed casework and graphic design and the design of interactives to a variety of institutions and companies. Recently he has been involved in the design of a number of traveling exhibits ranging in size from 2,500 square feet to “blockbuster” shows over 15,000 square feet.
Mr. Low received a BA in American Studies from the University of Minnesota in 1972.
Jennifer Bressler / Hunt Design
Exhibit Graphic Design
Jennifer Bressler started her career at a major corporate design office in Los Angeles. She joined Hunt Design in 1996 and became principal designer and then project manager for many of the firm’s high profile clients including The National Park Service, Los Angeles Zoo, Clear Channel Entertainment Exhibits, The Hollywood Bowl, Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, and the Southwest Museum. In 2003 she was named Partner and is active in the firm’s design direction and company management.
Jennifer has project managed and designed signage and graphics for a number of Hunt Design projects such as Top of the World Visitor Center at the New York World Trade Center, Sears Tower Skydeck, Backyard Discoveries, Chicano Now, Genome: Decoding the Secrets of Life, Space: A Journey to Our Future, Top of the Rock, at Rockefeller Center in New York City, Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and CSI: The Experience. Her personal experience includes teaching at Art Center College of Design and UCLA Extension.
Hunt Design is the recipient of numerous awards and has consistently been selected for publication of outstanding projects. Wayne Hunt is frequently sought after for speaking engagements on signage, environmental graphics and wayfinding. He is the author of Madison Square Press books, Designing and Planning Environmental Graphics, co-written by Wayne Hunt, Urban Entertainment Graphics and the newly released Environmental Graphics: Projects & Process authored by Mr. Hunt.
Ms. Bressler is a graduate of Art Center College of Design and the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Tim Steinouer / Design Island
President, Media Producer
With each production, Tim Steinouer brings over 20 years of experience in the film and television industry.
At Design Island he has developed and produced media for award-winning experiences from Battle Stations 21 for the U. S. Navy, to CSI: The Experience, to ACTION! An Adventure in Filmmaking. Tim has helped develop museum exhibits, media and interactives for a wide range of clients and in a wide range of locations.
He has overseen productions in multiple locations and situations including secure facilities at NASA, onboard a Naval Destroyer, within the George Lucas archives, at Radio City Music Hall and on remote locations such as the Rocky Mountains and the Florida Everglades. He has organized shoots involving astronauts, scientists, and celebrities, including Tom Brokaw, Eugene Cernan, and David Rockefeller.
His producing experience also includes “In Their Footsteps: Lewis and Clark on the Lolo Trail” a documentary on the famous explorers.
For Design Island, Tim supervises all aspects of Production; including development, budgeting & prep, location & stage shoots, editing, graphics, music & sound, and end user programming.
Mellissa Berry / Design Island
As the media producer, writer and director for Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America, Ms. Berry brings over 20 years of experience in the film, television and museum fields. She began her career as an independent producer where in collaboration with notable directors, including Gregg Hale and Charlie Deaux, created award-winning films. Her passion for telling compelling stories led her to an association with Bob Weis Design Island where, for the last five years, Ms. Berry helped develop museum exhibits and immersive experiences for a wide range of clients. From The American Revolution Center in Valley Forge, to CSI:The Experience, to Battle Stations 21 for the United States Naval Recruit Training Center in Great Lakes, her contributions have included writing, producing, media and interactive production. Driven by curiosity and the desire to ignite the fire for learning in others, Ms. Berry searches for new and unique ways to tell stories that touch the common thread in all of us.
Anna Schlobohm de Cruder
Producer and Project Manager
Anna Schlobohm de Cruder has worked as an art director, designer, project manager, and decorator in film, theatre, themed entertainment and television—and brings a broad spectrum of learned wisdoms to each venture.
Anna has moved easily between disciplines in the industry and nimbly executes a wide variety of projects, ranging from television commercials and film shoots to museum exhibits and themed retail and casino environments. Her gift for set decorating has greatly enhanced the integration of artifacts, graphics, and storytelling in exhibits, such the “Emissaries of Peace: the 1762 Cherokee & British Delegations” exhibit for the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, where the narrative was vital to the understanding of the artifacts in their contextual and historical settings.
She worked in Props Design and Set Decoration for Walt Disney Imagineering - budgeting, scheduling, building, acquiring, and tracking hundreds of pieces of set dressing for the Mediterranean Harbor and Mysterious Island areas of Tokyo DisneySea. This included time in Japan assessing progress and doing in-field art direction with Japanese installation crews.
She has a solid reputation founded in the rare ability to step into projects at various stages and bring them to fruition, while honoring design intent at each juncture. Her practical experience comes into play during the installation and production phases, where her savvy, skill, and ingenuity shepherd the process to successful completion.
Ms. Schlobohm de Cruder received an MFA from the University of Washington, Seattle
Molly A. Miles
Sales and Marketing
Molly A. Miles is an entertainment executive responsible for all aspects of multi-disciplined, highly competitive international businesses. A decisive executive who utilizes broad marketing experience to maximize business development, she is currently the Executive Director of Greenway Arts Alliance, a non-profit organization that builds bridges to the surrounding community by providing arts education programs for at-risk high school students through our professional theatre. As a certified mediator Ms. Miles works with MediationPartners to provide mediation, facilitation, training and consulting to businesses to resolve conflicts and create a communicative environment. As a business consultant with M.Squared she provides strategic advice and counsel on issues facing corporate management and entrepreneurs in the process of building their brand. Ms. Miles was recruited as the CEO of MediaWebcast to create a start-up public company that melded television production into the dot com world. She achieved a 200% revenue increase as the CEO of The Miss Universe Organization by redefining and revitalizing a dated international pageant organization into a tightly run and well respected organization. As Senior Vice President at Universal Studios, Ms. Miles created departments that served as the film commissioners for the theme parks generating extensive television and film exposure to maximize the brand. As Director of Programming and Production at HBO, she was responsible for the production of over 200 original programs, which transformed the network from a ‘movies only’ network.
Curatorial Coordination and Research
Kathy Talley-Jones is an independent writer, researcher, and editor specializing in materials for museums and other cultural organizations. She has served on development teams for a number of new visitor centers for the National Park Service (Mammoth Cave National Park; Poe House; Barataria National Preserve, New Orleans; and Stones River National Historic Battlefield). Recent projects include producing and writing the text for Visions of Enlightenment: Understanding Buddhist Art, which won an AAM MUSE award for the Pacific Asia Museum. She has developed educational materials to complement the Antelope Valley Indian Museum and the Pacific Asian Museum online collections catalogues as well as serving as project manager for implementation of those catalogues. She is the author of The Road Ahead: The Automobile Club of Southern California 1900-2000 (one million— yes, one million! —copies in print). Before striking out on her own, Kathy worked as manager of publications for the Getty Education Institute and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. She spent November 2007 at the Julia and David White Artists’ Colony in Costa Rica working on a novel that she may finish one of these days.
Ms. Talley Jones is a graduate of the University of Southern California and the University of Texas, Austin
Jane MacKnight / Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
As Senior Registrar for Cincinnati Museum Center, MacKnight is responsible for organizing and overseeing collections management and registration activities for Museum Center’s more than two million historical and scientific collections. She has more than 15 years of experience serving as a registrar for a wide variety of collections, including historical artifacts, library and photographs, herbaria and zoological collections.
Prior to arriving at Museum Center, MacKnight worked at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, the Idaho Museum of Natural History and the Centre for the Study of Biodiversity in the Guianas (located at the University of Guyana in Georgetown, Guyana, South America).
In 2005, MacKnight was recognized with the American Association of Museum’s Peer Review Award for her work on the Museum Collections Assessment Program.
MacKnight received both her bachelor’s degree in biology and master’s degree in museum studies from George Washington University.
Lauren Hancock / Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
As an Assistant Registrar for Cincinnati Museum Center, Lauren Hancock provides support in the artifact acquisition, care of exhibit artifacts and collections database management. Hancock’s duties include a variety of roles and responsibilities specifically for the Women & Spirit exhibit, including tasks associated with acquiring artifacts, condition reporting and preventative conservation of the artifacts.
Prior to arriving at Museum Center, Hancock worked at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and the Louisiana State Museum, for which she assisted in the moving of the museum’s collections back to New Orleans from Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina.
Hancock received her bachelor’s degree in history of art from the University of Michigan and her master’s of museum studies from George Washington University.
Sister Judi Keehnen, CSJ / Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
As Registration Assistant for Cincinnati Museum Center, Sister Judi Keehnen is involved with a variety of exhibits, including those created and hosted by Museum Center. Her responsibilities for Women & Spirit include assisting with loan agreements, condition reports for artifacts, and working with the lenders.
Before arriving at Museum Center, Keehnen served as a museum specialist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and as Exhibit and Education Director for the National Aviation Hall of Fame. Prior to this, Keehnen was a lifelong educator, teaching for more than 30 years at the secondary and post-secondary levels.
Keehnen received her bachelor’s degree in education, master’s degree in industrial arts and educational specialist’s degree from Kent State University. She also received her master’s degree in museums and archives from Wright State University.