Creation of an Exhibit…
Creating an exhibit for the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts is an exhilarating process which both takes and gives energy to its designer. First, an overall theme is chosen and agreed upon by all involved in the complexities of its production. I have found from my many years as an artist and designer that creating within the framework of what exists is more productive that trying to force a design into a space which it does not fit. The framework is made up of the available budget, the facility in which it will be shown, the creative capabilities of staff and preparators, and the time frame scheduled. In the case of exhibits for Millard Sheets Center for the Arts at Fairplex (MSCAF), a wonderful support system is already in place. Fairplex, in recognizing the importance of the exhibits we produce for our specific Fair audience, provides a budget which allows us to do our job well. The MSCAF building is a wonderful 12,000 square foot gallery with large rooms, high ceilings, and an adjacent patio space for exterior events. Our “A” Team of talented people rises to every creative occasion I throw their way. And lastly, we are given ample time to prepare for the September show-time and Labor Day opening.
As I worked on the research for this year’s exhibit and its theme, I began to narrow down the vastness of its subject matter and discovered that there was one thread which ran through these three centuries of growth and discovery - invention. And I began to discover the connections between ancient inventions and modern ones. These exciting innovations will be displayed throughout the exhibit and will give viewers of all ages insight into where ideas and products came from. My hope is that some will walk away with their own new creative ideas bubbling in their minds. Perhaps a brand new inventor will be inspired to generate something that will better humankind.
We begin actual construction in July and won’t rest much until opening on Labor Day weekend. Other new and exciting developments are in the wings at MSCA, so stay tuned to our website and don’t hesitate to get involved. Again, I solicit your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions about the past, present, and future of the Center’s function and progress.
Best and thank you for your continued support, Tony Sheets
Tony Sheets - 2010 Exhibit Director