Agency history, 1985-

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  • Franklin, Richard
  • Zelenik, John R
  • Sears, Patrick H
  • Kois, Dennis
  • Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Department of Design and Installation
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Office of the Assistant Director, Exhibitions and Facilities
  • Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Exhibition Designer


Agency History


  • This is an agency history. It does not describe actual records. The Smithsonian Institution Archives uses these histories as brief accounts of the origin, development, and functions of an office or administrative unit to set that unit in its historical context. To find information on record holdings, please double-click the highlighted field "Creator/Author", which will open on a brief view of relevant records.
  • Smithsonian Annals, 1985-1997
  • Smithsonian Directory, 1978-1989, 1999
  • Accession 01-235, 1980, 1985-1986
  • The Exhibition Designer, Patrick H. Sears, and his staff conducted exhibition work, from 1985 to 1988. In 1988, the team was given departmental status and renamed the Department of Design and Installation. The name of the Department was changed to Design and Production in 1994 and remains so to the present.
  • Sears was Exhibition Designer from 1985 to 1988. He held the title of Head, Design and Installation briefly before he was promoted to Assistant Director, Exhibitions and Facilities. Within a year, John R. Zelenik was hired to take his place as Head, Design and Installation, 1989-1994, and Head, Design and Production, 1994-1996. Richard Franklin served from 1996 until about 2000. Dennis Kois served 2000-present. The Head, Design and Production reports to the Associate Director, Exhibitions and Facilities.
  • The Department of Design and Production designs, develops, and installs exhibitions, rotations, and exhibit halls. It also oversaw the reinstallation of artifacts in the Freer Gallery of Art after the Gallery's 1985-1989 renovation.
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of" above.

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  • 1985
  • 1985-


  • Art museums
  • Museums
  • Museum exhibits


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00340

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