Monday, October 3, 2022

Haley Sharpe Chosen as Lead Exhibit Designer for Museum of Westward Expansion and Old Courthouse

Photo: CityArchRiver 2015

Exhibit redesign is part of overall CityArchRiver 2015 plan
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, USA — The CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation and the National Park Service selected Haley Sharpe Design to create new exhibit experiences at the Museum of Westward Expansion and the Old Courthouse, which are both part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (JNEM), better known as the Gateway Arch grounds.

“We are exited to have a world-renowned team like Haley Sharpe engaged to re-imagine our museums,” said Tom Bradley, park superintendant for JNEM. “Haley Sharpe’s creativity in this space will help us find new ways to tell the stories of westward expansion and St. Louis’ rich history.”

Based in Toronto and Leicester, UK, Haley Sharpe’s resume includes high profile work within the United States and internationally. Their work in the U.S includes the National Museum of American History, National Postal Museum, and National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, as well as Historic Jamestowne, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine—birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner—in Baltimore, MD, and Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, KS. International work includes the new visitor center at Stonehenge, Canadian War Museum and many others.

“This is an amazing opportunity for us to work on two museum spaces known around the world,” said Bill Haley, design director for Haley Sharpe. “The Museum of Westward Expansion and the Old Courthouse are special opportunities to tell the story of the courage and spirit of discovery that built the United States through an exhibit space that is both creative and interactive.”

The redesign of the Museum of Westward Expansion and Old Courthouse Exhibits is part of the overall CityArchRiver 2015 plan to transform and enhance the visitor experience by connecting, invigorating and expanding the Gateway Arch grounds and its environs.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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