M.LiT 2015-2016: VMFA Beneath the Surface



Museum Leaders in Training

2015-2016: VMFA Beneath the Surface (Student Exhibition)


Professional Development, An Introduction to Exhibition Design & Curatorial Work

Students worked collaboratively to create an exhibition from concept and design to installation through the exploration of museum practice theories. Four student teams then worked to conceive an original approach within the larger “Big Idea” of VMFA: Beneath the Surface. These teams researched, designed, and generated outreach material and proposed concepts for the exhibition interactive. As part of a team, each member participated in all steps of the exhibition process while also taking on a project manager role towards a particular area: content, design, or outreach. Students discovered how exhibition teams have distinct roles and how they work as part of a larger team.


Jayna Champeau is a graduate of the The George Washington University’s Corcoran College of Art + Design’s MA Exhibition Design program and holds her BFA in Photography from Virginia Commonwealth University. She was drawn to continued studies through her years spent as part of the Exhibition Graphics team at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Jayna has completed internships with the National Museum of American History and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. and has worked on independent exhibition projects in the Richmond area.

Bryan Condra received his MFA in Visual Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University and has taught design theory, art foundation and screen printing to graduate and undergraduate university students. He has worked as an exhibit designer at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach among others. Condra has also worked in the vintage car, hot rod and motorcycle repair and restoration craft. He currently resides as the exhibit designer at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, Virginia.

Special thanks to:

Instructors, Jayna Champeau, VMFA Instructor & Design Coordinator for Hargrove Incorporated, and Bryan Condra, VMFA Instructor & Exhibition Designer at The Virginia Historical Society. And, presenters, Trang Nyugen, VMFA Senior Exhibition Designer;  Courtney Morano, VMFA Interpretation Manager; Lulan Yu, VMFA Education Programs Manager; and Laura Williams, VMFA Exhibition Project Manager.

Museum Leaders in Training students: Alyssa Anderson, Miranda Arias, Patrick Canteros, Margaret Carroll, Shannon Colson, Madison Dalton, Elizabeth Dowker, Shreya Dwibedy, Faith Emba, Julia Lain, ChaeWon Lee, Dorcas Lin, Rachel Morrissey, Mathilda Pflaeging, Thomas Proffitt, Renessa Rabenda, Simera Robertson, Nina Rosenbaum, Isabella Terrono, Kendra Turton-Jones, Olivia Yang, Joseph Zampetti

The Museum Leaders in Training program is generously supported in part by Wells Fargo.