Regional Art Consultant, independent Curator and former Gallery Director Katherine Gibson designs art exhibits and collaborates with various clients to select work for their environments. Motivated to keep creative talent in the area, Gibson concentrates on showing and placing the work of local and regional artists in central Florida.
On designing an exhibit: "I like to sit in the space with all the work available and study it. Then I begin to physically move pieces around the room, starting to group or line them up with other pieces, to gage how they may, or may not, relate to each other.
Figuring out which pieces need to be together, which pieces need to be apart, 'who' can be across from whom and who may need to be in another room, takes some time. Each decision is critical in creating balance throughout the exhibit. Achieving that balance can take me hours, sometimes days. It's not unusual for me to scrap the first or second idea and start completely over. Part of the exercise is to be able to defend my placement decisions - whether going over logic in my head, or processing out loud - always hopeful an engaging discussion will ensue.
Once I feel like I have a general idea of the overall show, I start to think about how someone might walk through it, and how it might read to a person seeing the work for the first time. There has to be a kind of rhythm and flow to accompany the balance. Not unlike editing written material, the order and placement of visual material has to make sense and is crucial to how the work is experienced."
ArtHouse3 began as a recurring pop-up gallery in Katherine's home, and, over the last 15 years, has evolved into an art consulting service business. Clients range from corporate offices looking to build art collections to first-time buyers seeking a specific piece. ArtHouse3 also offers Exhibit Design services - organizing a show from initial art selection to installation - which can include invitation card design and marketing materials (see Exhibit and Design pages). For early ArtHouse3 projects, visit ArtHouse3.com.