Options for Art Exhibit Programs by Religious Institutions

by an anonymous volunteer


Simple elegance for invitational exhibitions

An invitational art exhibition may be presented in an attractive yet economical manner to maintain dignity and project a sense of professionalism. Following is a low-cost, non-intrusive, yet attractive way of displaying art on walls of a venue.

In museums, an object label is descriptive text for each artwork placed next to that artwork on a wall in a museum gallery room containing an exhibition. Label information may include the name of the artist who created the artwork, the title and dimensions of the object, its media, date of creation, owner, accession number and in some cases a block of didactic (interpretive) text related to the artwork. Labels with didactic text are often named "extended object labels." Labels are also referred to as "captions" or "tombstones." To save the considerable expense and time of fabricating, mounting and eventually removing professionally-appearing labels from walls, pins with numbers on their heads may be substituted for labels.

To substitute for the cumulative text from all of the wall-mounted labels, the venue can have attractive paper or plastic-coated gallery guides [1] with information for each artwork corresponding with wall pin numbers for the works in the exhibit. These gallery guides may be restricted for in-gallery use or be available for removal. Oversized, stiff plastic-coated guides discourage removal from the exhibit space. Paper guides, whether two-sided, folded or stapled may have a unit cost less than than plastic-coated guides, yet be more expensive or look more worn out in the long run, depending on volume of visitor traffic.

Gallery guides are placed on a table or wall-mounted holder at the exhibit entry. If the exhibit involves several rooms several rooms, additional gallery guides may be made be available per room to accommodate guests. Numbered identification "map" pins from commercial vendors are unobtrusive, cause minimal wall damage, are inexpensive, and allow viewers to focus on art rather than labels. For an example see pins provided by Latitudes Map & Travel Store.



1. In museums, gallery guides are lesser in scope than brochures or catalogues and are usually available on a stand or wall container in the galleries of the exhibit. Sometimes they are free to the public and may be taken from the premises. In other instances they are restricted for use in the galleries of the exhibit. Restricted gallery guides may have plastic coatings on the pages to lessen wear and tear due to extensive handling. They sometimes contain artist monographs or thematic texts by named authors. Smartphones and tablet devices may substitute for gallery guides in some museums.


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