Curate An Art Exhibition



Follow the steps below in order to make your art exhibition that will be presented to the class. Each step will explain what you need to do, and what should be created by the end of each step. They should be completed in order starting with Step One and conclude with an art exhibition of your creation. Your presentation for the class should last 8-10 minutes and will be further explained in the steps.

Step One: Realizing a theme

The first step can be the most difficult part of this entire project or the easiest. This is your time to figure what art you want to feature in the exhibition. It can focus on a specific type of art (Sculptures, paintings, etc.), a specific artist (anyone from past to present), or even you. If you have artwork feel free to take this opportunity to create an exhibition featuring your work.

The most important criteria that needs to be met for step one is the inclusion of a theme. This theme must tie together the art objects you decide to include in the exhibition. I want you to think about the reasons behind your exhibition. What is it about this artwork that makes you want to bring it together and share it with your audience?

To Do: 

Submit a brief explanation of your theme and one or two sample images of the artwork for approval in person or through email within one week of receiving the Webquest.


I have attached a few links below. The first is the Art Story, a website that can help generate ideas for your theme or art objects you want in your exhibition. This will also be a good research resource for Step Two.

I also included several links to some museums found in major cities across the country. Furthermore, you are welcomed to look into any museum throughout the globe to help get ideas for your art exhibition.

Step Two: Preparing the art exhibition

The second step is the research-focused section of your art exhibition. After deciding on a theme and some art objects you want to include, you must select 8-10 art objects to focus on in the art exhibition. You will research each of one of these art objects and create an extended label that would accompany the art object in the art exhibition. I have attached an example titled "Extended Label Example" to demonstrate their format.

To Do:

The extended label for each art object should be a paragraph but no more than half a page describing the work. The following are some example questions to help write the extended label:

  • What is being represented
  • Where the piece is currently located
  • How it was made
  • When was the piece made and why
  • If possible, the meaning behind the artwork

Hand-in a typed copy of the 8-10 extended labels for each art object on the day of your presentation. 


All of the links provided for Step One are good resources to use for your research. I also advice using any art historical textbooks, exhibition catalogs, and art magazines.

I also attached a resource from the Met museum, the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art history. It is more than just an interactive chronology of art history.  

Step Three: Constructing the art exhibition

After you have the research done for all of your art objects, you will construct your art exhibition. First you must decide what time of exhibition you will present to the class. You can choose a Virtual Art Exhibition or a Constructed Art Exhibition. Each type of exhibition entails its own creative components and will result in very uniquely different presentations.

To Do:

Virtual Art Exhibition

This exhibition's creative component revolves around creating a video. Conduct a 8-10 min. guided tour in a created space that has your art exhibition hanging throughout. The space to hang your art exhibition can be any place that you have permission to use. It can be a room in your home, classroom, or even your backyard. For each work you must discuss the artist, title, and date of creation along with one fun fact about it. In addition you will select 3-4 works that you find particularly interesting and discuss them for 30 seconds each. You can use the information from your extended labels but keep in mind about the time length needed for the entire video.


Constructed Art Exhibition

This exhibition has two creative components: a slideshow and a constructed art exhibit. The slideshow will include an image of each art object, the name of the artist, and the year of its creation. The second component is a constructed art exhibit. You will select one art object from your exhibition and create on a poster board for its exhibit. It will include the title of your exhibition, a large image of the art object and an extended label. The presentation will last 8-10 minutes where you give the artist, title, and date of each of your art objects as well as one fun fact about each. In addition you will select 3-4 works that you find particularly interesting and discuss them for 30 seconds each. You can use the information from your extended label but keep in mind about the time length needed for the entire video.


I have attached two types of video editing tools. The first is Windows Movie Maker, a Windows program that is a good advanced video editing tool. The second is Adobe Sparks, a video editing tool that is slightly more user-friendly than the Windows program. These are just some examples of video editing tools but you are more than welcome to use ones that you are more familiar with.

I also attached a slideshow website that is an interesting alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint. 

Step Four: Engaging the audience

The final step is a two part process. The first process is needed for your presentation. You must create a feedback sheet that you will hand out to the class for your art exhibition presentation. The feedback sheet must include a series of questions that you want your classmates to fill out during your presentation. The intention is to allow you insight on how your art exhibition impacted your audience. You are allowed to create your own feedback sheet but I have also attached an example below that you are allowed to use as well.

The second process takes place after your presentation. You will write a two page reflection paper on the entire project as a whole. You can begin by discussing your experience making an art exhibition and how it has impacted you. You must include an evaluation of the feedback you received from your peers. How did your art exhibition impact your classmates? What were somethings that you did well? What are some things you would do differently? I want you to conclude your paper by finding a real museum or gallery that you could see your art exhibition being featured in and explain why. You are allowed to use any museum or gallery found anywhere in the world.

To Do:
Create a feedback sheet to be handed out to your classmates during your presentation. If you need me to photocopy your feedback sheet for the entire class please give me a copy the day before you presentation.

Write a 2 page reflection paper. 



Web Link
  • The Art Story
    Description: This is a good user-friendly art history assistance website. Once you follow the link if scroll through the page their are several categories that separate how to look at the art; whether by movement, artist, or specific time period. One option titled ideas/concepts provides some definitions but mostly focus on art theory and criticism. You are welcome to read some of the articles but they are not required for your art exhibition.

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  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Description: This is a link to The Met located in Manhattan, New York. The homepage has a list of tabs at the top. The "Exhibition" tab located on the left will give an option to select Current, Upcoming, and Past Exhibitions. Each set of exhibitions are organized by date, feel free to look at any exhibition that interests you. Once you click on one you can scroll through the page and read through an exhibition overview. This can help with creating the theme or type of artwork you want your exhibition to feature. The home page also has a tab called "Art". Once you click on it, a "Collection" option will appear. Once on the Collection page, scroll down until you see a tab titled "Open Access Artworks" It will allow you to see all of the museums art objects in their collection.

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  • The Museum of Modern Art
    Description: Another museum located in Manhattan, New York. This museum focuses more on modern and contemporary art. The "Exhibitions and Events" tab will give you a list of options to select. The "Exhibition" option will give you a listing of current and upcoming exhibitions. By clicking on one, you can read an exhibition overview and further insight into the art and artists. However further down on the "Exhibition" tab will appear an option for "Exhibition History". This will give you access to all of the museums past exhibitions. The "Art and Artist" tab will give you access to the museums collection, and a directory of artists that the museum features.

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  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
    Description: Located in Los Angeles, California, it is one of the largest art museums on the West Coast. One the home page the "Art" tab will give you the option to select from current, upcoming, and past exhibitions. It will also give you the option to search the museum's collection.

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  • Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
    Description: The museum features contemporary art and is located in Chicago, Illinois. The home page has a side bar with a bunch of tabs to select from. The "Exhibition" tab will take you to an interactive page that gives a listing of all current exhibitions. As you scroll down, the page features exhibitions from the past. Clicking on one will provide a exhibition overview. The "Collection" tab will allow you to search the museum's collection.

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  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
    Description: The Museum of Fine Arts is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The "Exhibitions" tab will allow you to select, current, upcoming, and past exhibitions. Select any of the exhibitions to get an overview. The "Collections" tab will allow you to search through the museums art collections from around the globe.

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  • The Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
    Description: This is a good research tool provided by the Met museum. It is an interactive timeline that combines the artwork with essays about them. The main page will allow you to select from three options: "essays", "works of art", and "chronologies". The "essays" option will give you numerous essays that you can read about artwork from across history. The "works of art" will give a complete analysis including date, what its made of, and so much more on all of the museums art objects. The "chronologies" will allow you to search by geography or time period to learn about the historical context and background.

  • Extended Label example
    Description: Here is an example of what your extended label should look like for each image. You do not need to include images for the typed copy you hand-in.

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  • Windows Movie Maker
    Description: The link will take you to a web page where you can download the Windows Movie Maker to your computer. Depending on the computer this may take some time but the program allows for greater editing for your videos. For further guidance in using the program I recommend YouTube tutorial videos.

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  • Adobe Spark
    Description: The link will take you to the home page for Adobe Spark. You will have to make a free account to access your videos that get saved directly to the website's cloud. This program is a lot more user friendly, and includes tutorial videos once you beginning editing.

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  • Prezi
    Description: Prezi is a online presentation website that allows you to make intricate slideshows. You must create an account but once created, they will provide tutorial videos to help get you started.

  • Feedback Sheet
    Description: An example of the feedback sheet you must create for your presentation. You allowed to use this example for your presentation or use it to help create your own.

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