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National Exhibit – SET UP, Days 3 and 4

The final days of set up for the National Exhibit mainly consisted of lighting, placing the artifacts, and placing the lettering decals to lable the designers work.

National Exhibit: The team finishing their final notes on the exhibit. Photo credit: Katie Gruenhagen

Placing all of the objects went smoothly. When we set up the exhibit in Indiana as a trial, a lot of the decisions about where objects and artifacts would go were made. So, placing the objects in the exhibit during the last few days here in St. Ann’s went very well, and very quickly. Klara, Markéta and Kevin already knew where they wanted each object, and Kristen, assistant to the designer, kept a highly detailed notebook containing placement notes and other various information about every photo, prop and model from our trial set up.

National Exhibit: Artifacts from selected productions chosen by the curators are showcased within the exhibit. Photo credit: Katie Gruenhagen
National Exhibit: Artifacts from selected productions chosen by the curators are showcased within the exhibit. Photo credit: Katie Gruenhagen

The labels on the exhibit floor and on the top of the trucks hood was the final addition to the exhibit. We placed the lettering at the end of the fourth day. The decals went on smoothly, as long as we were patient, and did not rush the process.

National Exhibit: The lettering decals placed as lables for the exhibit. Photo credit: Katie Gruenhagen

After the fourth day, we were finally finished with the exhibit. We were so happy to see the exhibit ready for an audience! We met at the end of the day to celebrate, and all agreed the process could not have gone better. We are incredibly proud of the work we were able to complete for Klara’s design, and for the wonderful team of curators and designers.

National Exhibit: Final touches with the silver pillows. Photo credit: Katie Gruenhagen
National Exhibit: Final touches with the silver pillows. Photo credit: Katie Gruenhagen
National Exhibit: Complete after the fourth day of set up. Photo credit: Katie Gruenhagen
National Exhibit: Complete after the fourth day of set up. Photo credit: Katie Gruenhagen

Katie Gruenhagen

Katie Gruenhagen is a lighting designer and photographer living in Denver, Colorado. She recently received her M.F.A. in Lighting Design from Indiana University. Katie is the photographer and blogger covering the USITT Student Build Team for the U.S.A. National and Student Exhibits at the Prague Quadrennial 2015. As a part of the Indiana University Student Build Team, she has also served as a carpenter and electrician for the National Exhibit. At Indiana University, she was the lighting designer for nine main stage productions including Romeo and Juliet (award winning design at the 2014 Southeastern Theater Conference) and Into The Woods. To see her work and contact information, see www.katiegruenhagen.com