The Department of Design and Production was created in 1970 to support the exhibition program of the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) by providing exhibition-related services throughout the Gallery. Initially called the Department of Exhibits and Design, its services range from exhibition design and script writing and editing to all facets of exhibition production, including woodworking, plastics, taxidermy, painting, framing and silkscreening. In addition to exhibition production and installation work, the Department is also responsible for supporting brochure design, creation of interpretive panels, illustration work, and graphics for various offices within the Gallery.
James J. Shelton was named Chief of the Department in 1970 and J. Michael Carrigan hired as Assistant Chief. In 1973 the Department was renamed the Department of Exhibits Design and Production. Carrigan became the Chief of the Department the following year, succeeded by Nello Marconi, who served as Chief, 1977- . During Marconi's tenure the Department was renamed the Department of Design and Production.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 552, National Portrait Gallery, Dept. of Design and Production, Records
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