Thursday, October 6, 2022

Waukesha County Museum taps designer BRC Imagination Arts & architect Engberg Anderson to revamp museum for Les Paul Exhibit

WAUKESHA, Wisconsin, USA – The Waukesha County Museum announced it has hired BRC Imagination Arts of Burbank California to design a Les Paul Exhibit. BRC’s portfolio includes the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, the Empire State Building, Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, NASA, the Museum of Liverpool England, and the Texas State History Museum.

The Museum also retained the architectural firm of Engberg Anderson to work with BRC to develop a comprehensive Master Plan for the entire museum complex in light of the planned Les Paul Exhibit.

“We are thrilled about teaming up with two high-caliber firms each with their own area of expertise” said Museum Executive Director Kirsten Lee Villegas. “Working with them over the next few months will allow us to lay the groundwork for creating an outstanding Les Paul exhibit housed within an engaging Museum. This is our first step to bring our bold vision to fruition of becoming a premier regional destination point.”

BRC Imagination Arts is world renowned for the design and creation of innovative and world-class museums, immersive branded attraction, visitor centers and world expo pavilions. BRC has been honored with over 280 international awards for creative excellence including two Academy Award nominations and 17 THEA Outstanding Achievement awards for its museum exhibits and visitor attractions. They also have offices in The Netherlands, United Kingdom and China.

Engberg Anderson, with offices in Milwaukee, Madison and Tucson, is a full-service architecture, planning and interior design firm with a significant focus in cultural work including award-winning museums and historic preservation projects. Their projects include several museums and cultural centers including the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center of the Arts, the Pabst Theater, Ten Chimneys, Milwaukee City Hall, Neenah’s Bergstrom-Mahler Glass Museum, the Oshkosh Public Museum, the Kenosha Public Museum, and Civil War Museum.

About the Waukesha County Museum
The 1893 castle-like structure at East Avenue and Main Street in Waukesha, Wisconsin is home to the Waukesha County Museum. Originally constructed as the county’s second courthouse, the building is owned and operated by the Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum, Inc., a not-for-profit organization.

Three floors of exhibits cover such topics as the Civil War, early settlement in the county, architecture, toys from many generations, and technology. The Museum offers educational programs throughout the year including spring and summer camps, Scout programs, and guided tours. The Research Center contains over 28,000 printed documents and over 250,000 photographs for researchers to reference.

The Waukesha County Museum has been in the same building since its opening in 1914. The building was placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1975. The Museum is located at 101 W. Main Street at East Avenue in Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA.

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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