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Brenda Cowan

Graduate Exhibition Design Brenda CowanBrenda is an associate professor of Exhibition & Experience design at the Fashion Institute of Technology/SUNY where she supports the ongoing evolution of the MA program's core curriculum, direction of academic and design instruction, and facilitation of the program's relationship with the profession. Former Chairperson of the department, Brenda teaches in the areas of exhibition concept and narrative development, research and evaluation, audience studies and object studies.

Brenda holds a M.S.Ed. in Museum Leadership from the Bank Street College of Education, a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and a NYS K-12 teaching license in visual arts. Her background includes work for museums and design firms in the roles of interpreter, exhibition developer, education director, evaluator, and project manager. Brenda has taught on the graduate level at Bank Street College of Education and Pratt Institute. Brenda co-founded Exhibit A Design Group, Inc. where she worked on permanent and traveling exhibitions, educational products and master plans for clients including the National Park Service, civic and cultural institutions, historical and children's museums.

Brenda is a member of the Society for Environmental Graphic Design, the American Alliance of Museums and the Exhibit Designers and Producers Association. She has published essays and articles for Exhibition Magazine, the National Society for Experiential Education, Exhibit Builder Magazine, Exhibit City News, Hand-To-Hand, and has taught and presented in the U.S., China, South Africa, British Columbia and Europe.

Current research: Psychotherapeutic Object Dynamics

Recent Book: Museum Objects, Health and Healing: The Relationship Between Exhibitions and Wellness

Book Launch: Museum Objects, Health and Healing The Relationship Between Exhibitions and Wellness

Fullbright Research: Stories from Syria Exhibition