Jennifer Chapman brings an endless curiosity and infectious enthusiasm to her work. Throughout her 25 years in the interpretive field, she has contributed to dozens of exhibitions across the country. She began her career working with historical interpretation at the New Jersey Historical Society. She then found her home at Vincent Ciulla Design, an exhibition design shop in lower Manhattan’s storied SoHo neighborhood. There she worked on projects ranging from historic tall ships to National Park Service installations. She also worked for a New York-based firm, DeSola Group, where she explored the world of corporate museums.
Jennifer moved west and discovered her love of natural history. She worked at Split Rock Studios, a design/build firm in St. Paul, and later ECOS Communications in Boulder. Now living in California, she joined The Acorn Group in 2013. Her recent work can be seen at the Edward C Little Water Recycling Facility, San Francisco Peninsula Watershed, Ocean Institute, Placerita Canyon Nature Center, and Alameda Creek Watershed Center, as well as the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Las Cruces Museum System, and Museum of Science Industry in Chicago. Exhibits she has worked on have earned awards for Exhibition Excellence from the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). In 2013, Jennifer won an individual Excellence in Exhibition Label Writing Competition award from AAM.
Jennifer’s background includes interpretive master planning; content development; interpretive writing; editing and research; project management; exhibit and graphic design; grant writing and evaluation; mobile apps for interpretation; and social media. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Anthropology from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, and a master’s degree in history museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in upstate New York.