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Jessi Mueller is an Exhibition Designer at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Few people consider where or how people prefer to move through a building, or what they like to see when they turn a corner, but as a student of architecture, Jessi Mueller spends a lot of time thinking about how people move through space. With a click of a computer mouse, Jessi creates corridors where people are most inclined to walk, conjuring walls to improve the aesthetics of the room. In her grasp, architecture that seems fixed becomes malleable, something that can be changed to suit the objects that inhabit it and the people who move within it.
Originally from O’Fallon, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, Jessi first became interested in architecture when she visited the Dana Thomas House in Springfield, Illinois, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. With fondness, Jessi recalls her experience that day: “I was mesmerized; I think it was the first time I realized what space could be. I spent years after that doodling floor plans on graph paper and playing with Legos way past an appropriate age. I never really considered another major when applying to colleges.” And so, at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, Jessi graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture and a BA in Art History in 2007. However, she soon realized that she was seeking something different than the traditional architecture career path, so she furthered her studies with a master’s degree in History and a graduate certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Missouri, St. Louis.
Jessi Mueller is the only exhibition designer at Crystal Bridges, and often works on multiple projects at a time.
As a young museum, Crystal Bridges is always looking for creative solutions and new ideas, which is one reason why Jessi enjoys working there: “I love working for an institution that gives me the opportunity to try new things. All of our projects are such a huge collaborative effort; it’s exciting to work with such passionate and creative colleagues.” Each project is like a puzzle with each individual team member contributing a valuable piece based on their own strengths and specialties. Jessi’s role involves not only exhibitions and curatorial teams, but also facilities, security, collections, communications, and education. Some might find it difficult with work with so many moving puzzle pieces, but Jessi enjoys it, praising the “trust and accountability” such a diverse team builds together. After all, Jessi Mueller is a problem solver, working each day to accommodate the varying needs of the internal team while still maintaining her goal of creating the stunning exhibitions for which Crystal Bridges is well known.
Jessi Mueller is an experienced Exhibition Designer with a demonstrated history of working in the museum industry. She is skilled in AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, Construction, and Sustainable Design.
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