Wilderness Forever: 50 Years of Protecting America’s Wild Places

The exhibition, “Wilderness Forever: 50 Years of Protecting America’s Wild Places”, was mounted in 2014 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act – one of the nation’s most significant pieces of conservation legislation that established a mechanism for establishing and protecting federal wilderness lands that today encompasses 109 million acres in 757 areas across 44 states and Puerto Rico. The juried photography focused exhibition was mounted at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in partnership with Nature’s Best Photography, Sierra Club, Wilderness50 committee, and other partners.  Working with an exhibition team and partners, I project managed and developed the exhibition from concept to final product. This included developing content educating the public about the definition and importance of wilderness, the science conducted on these lands, and the benefits to be had by the public in enjoying these protected public lands. I also oversaw the conceptualization and development of an exhibition video produced with the organization Sierra Club, and in-gallery touchscreen kiosks exploring wilderness lands produced with company ESRI.