Kris Nesbitt, Adjunct Faculty
Kris Nesbitt is Director of Exhibits at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. She has nearly twenty years of experience in exhibit planning and development for a range of museum types, including zoos, botanic gardens, history museums and parks. Although she now directs Shedd’s exhibit planning and design initiatives, her background is in exhibit and content development. She has developed content and concepts for award-winning exhibits such as Shedd’s Amazon Rising and Cleveland Metropark Zoo’s African Elephant Crossing. She has experience in large and small projects, both for organizations and design firms, and always keeps a focus on exhibit strategy and visitor-centered planning for experiences. She has written two award-winning non-fiction children’s books, and has published articles in the Exhibitionist. She spent a year in Turkey as a Fulbright grantee, and has visited museums in more than thirty countries in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
Ms. Nesbitt holds an M.A. in Folklore from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a B.A. in English from Haverford College.