Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania…Carnegie Museum of Natural History announces that James Senior has retired, effective October 1, 2010. Jim Senior worked in various leadership capacities in the museum’s exhibitions department for nearly 40 years and has been instrumental in shaping the visitor experience for generations of Pittsburghers. Senior began at the museum in 1973 as a Museum Artist and Assistant Curator of Exhibits, under longtime Chair of Exhibits Cliff Morrow, who held that position for more than 30 years. Senior was appointed Chair in 1988. In 2009 Senior was named Manager of Special Projects. Nearly 85% of the museum’s public gallery spaces have been redesigned or renovated during Senior’s leadership.
“It’s been a privilege to have been involved in so many incredible projects, working with talented and knowledgeable individuals, to provide in-depth natural and cultural experiences for our audience,” says Senior.
Senior’s major duties included designing layouts of exhibitions and other public spaces, overseeing in-house and hired production teams, managing budgets, and collaborating with fund raising, marketing and programming staff, architects, and contractors. One of his most recent projects was Dinosaurs in Their Time, the largest project ever undertaken in Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Senior was responsible for designing the layout of the exhibition and led the exhibition production. Other major projects during Senior’s tenure include the completion of several exhibition halls including Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt, Hall of African Wildlife, and Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians, and the design and installation of visitor favorites, such as PaleoLab, Bonehunters Quarry, and Earth Theater.
“Jim’s impact on the organization can be found through the museum in nearly all of our exhibition halls,” says Samuel Taylor, director of the museum. “We are grateful to Jim for nearly four decades of dedication to Carnegie Museum of Natural History.”
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is ranked among the top five natural history museums in the country. It maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of 20 million objects and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. More information is available by calling 412.622.3131 or by visiting the Web site at www.carnegiemnh.org.