About OEC

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The Office of Exhibits Central (OEC) is an office of the Smithsonian Institution. OEC collaborates with museums and offices throughout the Institution to help them fulfill their mandates to present powerful and engaging exhibits and public programs in Washington, D.C., and across the nation.

Design – OEC’s exhibit designers are responsible for all aspects of visual presentation, from gallery configuration and case design to text panels, banners, and other graphic elements.

Editing – OEC’s exhibit editors work with exhibit designers and a curator’s preliminary ideas to develop an overall exhibition plan. By collaborating with designers and subject-matter specialists, they ensure that words, design, and artifacts work together to tell an exhibit’s story most effectively.

Graphics – These specialists produce an exhibit’s graphic elements such as text panels, labels, photo displays, and signage. Techniques include digital printing, photo mounting, archival matting and framing, vinyl lettering, banner production, computer illustration, and silk screening.

Fabrication – The staff on this team produce exhibit cases, graphic panels, and unique exhibit elements. They also offer finishing, plexiglass, and artifact handling services.

Modelmaking – OEC’s modelmakers build scientifically and historically accurate dioramas, create scale models, sculpt mannequins and craft custom brackets to support artifacts.

Project Management – Our project managers are responsible for the day-to-day management of all OEC projects—from budget control and scheduling to resource management and stakeholder communication.

Special Exhibitions Division – The staff in the Special Exhibitions Division bring in traveling exhibits from around the world and coordinate temporary exhibits with Smithsonian offices for the International Gallery.

OEC’s weblog is currently maintained by our editing staff with the help of OEC staff and interns. Our staff writer/editor until September 2008 was Angela Roberts Reeder.

Office of Exhibits Central

Smithsonian Institution
3400 Pennsy Drive
Landover, Maryland 20785
(Tel) 301 238-2090
(Fax) 301 238-2275