Carolynne Harris is a museum planner and industry specialist with more than 25 years of experience in the field. She joined ACG in 2016 as Vice President to lead ACG’s new Museum Planning practice and enhance its Denver presence. Throughout her career Ms. Harris has planned, executed, and implemented a vast array of museum initiatives, including renovations and expansions, and she has excelled in developing rich content for deeply engaging visitor experiences.
Prior to joining ACG, Ms. Harris founded and led Carolynne Harris Museum Consulting. The firm focused on providing strategic, creative, technical, operational, and three-dimensional communication expertise to cultural experiences in all stages of development, resulting in more than $100 million of built visitor experiences. Her clients have included the College Football Hall of Fame, U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, Center for Puppetry Arts, and Earl Scruggs Center: Music & Stories from the American South.
“To captivate audiences, exhibitions should inspire curiosity, incorporate cutting-edge materials and visitor engagement strategies, and maximize design within budgetary and structural needs.”
“The museum and visitor attraction industry is a changing field. Bringing new technologies along with a deep basis of content is important, but only within the operational realities of an institution’s capacity to deliver meaningful visitor experiences.”
Her career in museums first began at the Smithsonian Institution. Serving as the Assistant Director for Exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and as Exhibits Manager at Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta, she developed more than 40 exhibitions, managed staff, and streamlined processes to meet budgetary and programmatic objectives.
Ms. Harris has been published in Curator, organized and presented sessions at national conferences of the American Alliance of Museums, and reviewed grants for the Institute of Museum and Library Services. She is a member of the American Alliance of Museums and the National Association for Museum Exhibition. Ms. Harris has also served on the board of directors for the Pennsylvania Museum Association.
Ms. Harris holds a bachelor of arts in anthropology from the University of Virginia and a master of arts in interdisciplinary liberal arts from Emory University.
Ms. Harris’ professional and client work includes:
Center for Puppetry Arts
College Football Hall of Fame
Dallas Holocaust Museum
Earl Scruggs Center
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
NASCAR Hall of Fame
National Building Museum
National Center for Civil & Human Rights
The National Museum of Wildlife Art
The Solar Decathlon
U.S. Capitol Visitors Center
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