Paul Pearson

Paul Pearson

Faculty at Johns Hopkins University

Location
Greater New York City Area
Industry
Museums and Institutions

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Paul Pearson's Overview

Current
  • Faculty Member - Museum Studies at Johns Hopkins University
  • Museum and Interpretive Planning Consultant at Paul Pearson
Past
  • Senior Vice President of Visitor Experience at Brooklyn Children's Museum
  • board member at YMEC
  • Curator of Exhibits, Director of Exhibits at South Street Seaport Museum
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Paul Pearson's Summary

Paul Pearson is an independent museum consultant specializing in strategic and experience planning. He is a faculty member of the Museum Studies Graduate Program at Johns Hopkins University where he online courses in Exhibition Strategies and Business of Museums.

Paul recently investigated audience potential and best practices in program and facility design for a new children's museum planned in Doha, Qatar as well as guided experience planning and editorial projects for history and science centers.

Paul was formerly the Senior VP of Visitor Experience at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum (BCM) where he led interpretive planning and experience development for a 52,000 square-foot capital expansion completed in 2008. Paul oversaw the growth of BCM’s exhibition, education and collections initiatives as well as visitor service planning, membership and earned income between 2001 and 2009. He entered the museum field as a freelance designer before joining South Street Seaport Museum in 1986 as Exhibits Manager, then Curator and Director of Exhibitions.

Paul is an alumnus of the Getty Foundation’s Museum Leadership Institute and served as President of the Youth Museum Exhibit Collaborative between 2005 and 2009. Paul holds a B.S. in art and education from St. John’s University (Minnesota) and received M.A. and M.F.A. degrees from the University of Iowa.

Specialties

Strategic planning and organizational leadership, exhibit and program development, grant writing, sustainable design, capital expansion, earned income planning, visitor studies and understanding audience.

Paul Pearson's Experience

Faculty Member - Museum Studies

Johns Hopkins University

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

January 2011Present (3 years 9 months)

Teaching online graduate level courses on Exhibition Strategies, Museum Professions and Business of Museums at the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

Museum and Interpretive Planning Consultant

Paul Pearson

November 2009Present (4 years 11 months)

Independent museum consultant specializing in strategic planning, experience development and organizational and project design. His clients include U.S.S. Constitution Museum, Barnum Museum, New-York Historical Society, Discovery Education and the Qatar Museum Authority.

Senior Vice President of Visitor Experience

Brooklyn Children's Museum

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Museums and Institutions industry

November 1996November 2009 (13 years 1 month)

Paul led a comprehensive experience initiative for a 52,000 square foot expansion of Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Oversaw planning and implementation of a new interpretive environment and visitor services that created a new standard for visitor satisfaction, achieved record attendance and membership levels, recognition for excellence by museum peers, and increased earned revenue by 400% over six years.

board member

YMEC

20002009 (9 years)

2 - Terms as President; 1 Term as VP/Secretary for North America's longest-running traveling exhibition collaborative for family museums.

Curator of Exhibits, Director of Exhibits

South Street Seaport Museum

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Museums and Institutions industry

19841996 (12 years)

Paul led projects teams responsible for planning, design and production of the exhibition program for a major maritime museum charged with interpreting the commercial, industrial, and social history of New York as a world port.

Paul Pearson's Skills & Expertise

  1. Grant Writing
  2. Museum Education
  3. Sustainable Design
  4. Museums
  5. History
  6. Program Development
  7. Non-profits
  8. Exhibit Design
  9. Community Outreach
  10. Fundraising
  11. Interpretive Planning
  12. Research
  13. Teaching
  14. Strategic Planning
  15. Leadership
  16. Government Relations
  17. Organizational Budgeting
  18. Grants
  19. Museum Collections
  20. Experience Design
  21. Art Exhibitions
  22. Arts Administration
  23. Curating
  24. Art History
  25. Graphic Design
  26. Nonprofits

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Paul Pearson's Education

University of Iowa

MA, MFA, Art, Painting and Drawing

19801982

Saint John's University

B.S., Art, Art History and Education

19731977

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