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Jennifer Souers Chevraux, Principal

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Proven record of developing and maintaining effective and dependable relationships in collaboration with museums, cultural institutions, community partners, donors, trustees and other stakeholders

  • Confident project leadership from strategic planning phase and initial research to implementation and evaluation; administrative skills managing collaborative teams, professional staff, volunteers, vendors, budgets and deadlines

  • Experience interpreting and handling fine art, cultural artifact, archival, and scientific collections, communicating original research and complicated concepts to diverse audiences including children of all ages, and developing informal learning experiences and multi-sensory exhibit environments

  • Diverse professional experience working both on staff and consulting with museums, and teaching students from kindergarten to college

EXPERIENCE

  • Principal, Illumine Creative Solutions, Euclid, Ohio

  • Adjunct Faculty, Walsh University, Humanities Department, Museum Studies Program, North Canton, Ohio

  • Executive Board Member, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary, Ohio Museums Association

  • Director of Exhibits, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Exhibit Project Manager, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Exhibits Director, The Children’s Museum of Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Curator, The McKinley Museum & National Memorial, Canton, Ohio

  • Guest Instructor, Case Western Reserve University, Department of Anthropology, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Art and Art History Teacher, University of Missouri College of Education Adventure Club, Columbia Country Day School, and Columbia Art League, Columbia, Missouri

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
POST-SECONDARY


Case Western Reserve University, Department of Anthropology, Guest Instructor, “Childhood Learning and Play”, Winter semester 2002
• selected readings, developed and delivered lectures for upper level cultural anthropology course

The University of Missouri, Department of Anthropology, Graduate Teaching Assistant, “Significant Discoveries in Archaeology”, 1997

YOUTH PROGRAMS
Columbia Country Day School, Art and Art History Teacher, Columbia, Missouri, 1998
• served as the art teacher in a whole-language literacy-based program, incorporatingchildren’s literature into art lessons and encouraging library research as part of each project

University of Missouri College of Education Adventure Club, Art and Art History Teacher, Columbia, Missouri, 1997-1998
• responsible for planning and presenting art history lessons to approximately 1000 children in grades K-5 at eighteen Columbia elementary schools in a hands-on, educational before and after school program

Columbia Art League, Art and Art History Teacher, Columbia, Missouri, 1997-1998
• developed fine art lessons with correlated art history field trips for elementary and middle school age children in summer art camps and individual classes

PRESENTATIONS
Ohio Museums Association Conference, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, April 6, 2009
• “Emerging Professional Toolkit” session presented specific, practical tools and advice to young nonprofit jobseekers entering the often confusing and frustrating process of finding work in the museum field

Ohio Museums Association Conference, Dayton, Ohio, March 10, 2008
• “Exhibit Design 101” workshop served as an introduction to basic design principles for museum staff without formal training in design. Participants were invited to learn from five industry experts how to produce professional-looking exhibits from initial gallery planning and color choice to signage and case displays.

Ohio Museums Association Conference, Toledo, Ohio, March 26, 2007
• “Bringing an Outsider In: When and How to Contract for the Help You Need” a panel session outlining strategies for finding, hiring and managing contractors and consultants to complete projects within your limits

Natural History Salon Series, Cleveland Museum of Natural History. May 24, 2006
• “Not Just a Coat of Paint” a presentation on the professional practice of exhibit development, design, and installation delivered to an audience of high-level donors and museum benefactors

Museums Uncovered Workshop Series, Ohio Museums Association at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland, Ohio, September 19, 2005
• “Glacial Erratica: Will This Exhibit Float?” a half-day session on the logistical and social complications of mounting a daring contemporary art exhibition in a typically conservative organization

Ohio Museums Association Conference, Columbus, Ohio, April 18, 2005
• “Ebay for Collections: Nightmare or Dream Come True?” a panel session on the institutional, ethical and legal issues involved in the continued expansion of cultural materials available on Ebay

Complete resume and curriculum vitae are available upon request.