Richard Duggan

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Richard Duggan is a board member of the National Association for Museum Exhibitions and participated in the planning of national activities, organized meetings and workshops, and contributed articles to the NAME journal. He organized the 1992 NAME Computer Workshop in Chicago as well as programs for the Midwest Museums Conferences in ’92 & ’93, as well as numerous regional inter-museum events in Boston, Chicago and Hawaii.

Duggan has had a long association with Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. From 1988 through 1991 he was on the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association, served as Head of the Exhibitions Committee and later as Secretary of the Executive Council. He curated and designed the show MASSART’S MASSARTS, a juried exhibition of communication arts produced by internationally known graduates, in 1990. He has also served on scholarship juries and given innumerable critiques and presentations on art and design as recently as 2004.

Duggan is currently serving on the board of directors of Hawai’i Craftsmen, a statewide nonprofit membership organization.Hawai’i Craftsmen educates the public, increasing its awareness of fine crafts; supports high standards of quality among member craftsmen who work in clay, glass, fiber, wood, metal, and mixed media; gains recognition for craftsmen in Hawai’i; publicizes the arts as a viable and enriching part of contemporary life; and increases connections of artists in Hawai’i to each other and the national craft world.


Professional Experience

  • Principal: Dare Design Kaneohe, HI 2000-present
    As the director of my own business, I am involved in all aspects of the development, design, and production of educational exhibits, cultural displays, and interpretive products. Recent projects have included the research, development, design and production of all exhibits for Hanauma Bay Marine Education Center; exhibit renovations and additions to the USS Arizona Memorial Museum; and exhibit design and installation for the Honolulu Academy of Art. I produced Mokupapapa: Hawaiian Coral Reef Discovery Center in Hilo, HI in collaboration with Lyons/Zaremba Associates of Boston, MA for NOAA / National Marine Sanctuaries. Developed, designed and produced interpretive outdoor exhibits for the Makiki Watershed Awareness Initiative, in partnership of the Hawaii Nature Center and State of Hawai’i. I recently produced an historical exhibit about Boston City Hospital and the Mallory Institute for Boston Medical Center. Developed, In 2010 I designed and produced “Lost On a Reef” a maritime heritage exhibit that explores shipwrecks in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. Current projects include exhibits for Woods Hole Science Aquarium and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA.
  • Chairman of Exhibits: Bishop Museum, Honolulu, HI 1994-2000
    Formulated, directed and implemented overall Museum exhibition program and provided administrative and creative leadership of the program. Managed the development, design and production of permanent and traveling exhibits and associated educational and scientific staff. Developed and oversaw departmental operating plans, budgets, and schedules. Participated in operational management of the Museum and served as a professional resource for the community. Notable projects included the development and design of exhibits for the Bishop Museum at Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki, and exhibits ranging from To Mars! and Hawaii in Space to Na Mea Makamae: Treasures of Hawai’i and Extreme Science.
  • Design Manager: Field Museum, Chicago, IL 1991-1994
    Responsible for the design of all permanent and temporary exhibits and graphics. Supervise, train, hire, and evaluate all staff engaged in the design of over 100,000 square feet of new or renovated exhibits. Work in collaboration with exhibit developers and production personnel to develop exhibit plans, budgets, and schedules and provide project management to meet those needs. Coordinate research efforts for design projects. Participate in departmental and institutional planning and policy-making. Projects included the design and production of Rice Wildlife Research Center, a resource center which also functions as area for revenue generating events; Animal Kingdom, a large scale interactive reinterpretation of historic animal mounts and dioramas; the renovation of Stanley Field Hall, with interpretive exhibits highlighting research and collections; Africa, an exploration of the cultures and natural history of Africa; Ruatepupuke, a Maori meeting house; and Life Over Time, the reinstallation and reinterpretation of the dinosaur and early mammal exhibits.
  • Curator of Exhibits and Graphic Design: New England Aquarium, Boston, MA 1987-1991
    Responsible for the direction and management of exhibition, architectural, media and graphic design projects. Managed twelve design professionals, an annual budget of $400K for operations and $500K in capital projects. Other responsibilities encompassed exhibit development, long-range planning, the development of revenue generating services and institutional policy making. Accomplishments included:
    • Initiated the use of computers for graphic design, interactive exhibitry, and project management.
    • Participated in the design development of three separate proposals to build a new aquarium.
    • Increased sales of fiberglass corals, natural environments, and illustration licenses.
    • Collaborated in the development of evaluation methods to develop and improve exhibits.
    • Built a departmental team that won numerous awards for exhibit, media, and graphic design.
  • Senior Exhibit Designer: New England Aquarium, Boston, MA 1984-1987
    Responsibilities included conceptual planning and research, space planning, exhibit, interior, and graphic design, and the development of drawings and documentation for both exhibit and building projects. I provided management of projects and exhibits including budgeting, scheduling and supervision of Aquarium staff and outside contractors. Projects included the redesign and renovation of the Discovery function room which resulted in increased revenues for the sales department; the Boston Harbor exhibit, an exhibit about the past and future of Boston’s marine environment; Freshwater Gallery, exhibits and natural environments featuring a flooded forest, salmon stream, and electric eel interactive exhibits; Don’t Blink Now, which looked at rarely seen phenomena and behaviors of aquatic animals; and Fish as Art, a meditative nishikigoi pool and garden.
  • Principal: Duggan Designs, 348 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210 1982-1991
    Exhibit development, design and production. Research, develop, design, and manage the production of exhibits for a variety of clients. Responsibilities include organizing people and ideas, authoring proposals and critiques, managing schedules and budgets, and meeting with clients. Hire and supervise contractors during exhibit construction and installation. Clients included:
    • Bermuda Biological Station for Research
      Exhibit consultation and planning for new public education center.
    • New England Historic Seaport
      Designed the “Spirit of Massachusetts” logo and graphic materials. Designed “Spirit” exhibit for display at the World’s Fair in New Orleans. Researched and edited photos, and designed maritime education resource book in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Education.
    • New England Foundation for the Arts
      Designed and produced the traveling exhibit “Masks from Montgomery.”
    • Children’s Discovery Museum
      Developed and designed interactive dinosaur model for children and an exhibit featuring the fishes and shorebirds of Massachusetts.
    • Mystic Aquarium
      Designed and produced translucent airbrushed fish for children’s’ reading area.
    • Bennington Museum
      Space planning and exhibit consultation.
    • Macomber Farm Exhibit Center, MSPCA
      Designed and produced animal care and physiology exhibits.
    • New England Wild Flower Society
      Designed and produced exhibits for the Garden in the Woods visitor center.
  • Project Manager/Designer: Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI 1981- 1983
    Evaluated glass department facilities and authored proposal that led to an all-new $200,000 facility. Developed budget specifications, planned renovations and designed all studios, equipment, and electrical, gas, and air systems and supervised contractors and engineers throughout project. Managed day-to-day operations of the department as well as the work-study program. The facility is considered to be one of the best in the country and has proven its ease of maintenance and energy efficiency.
  • Artist/Designer: 1974-present
    Exhibited sculptural and functional glass art in over 75 museums and galleries throughout the U.S. and Europe. Work is represented in numerous private collections. Taught and/or worked cooperatively with many internationally known artists from Dale Chihuly to Allan Kaprow.
  • Instructor: California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA 1978-1980
    Taught all aspects of glass art and design both in the studio and in the classroom. Planned, designed, and supervised construction of glass electro-mechanical systems and equipment for newly-built studio.
  • Designer: Boston Children’s Museum, Boston, MA 1976-1980
    Design, production, and consultation on exhibit, graphic, and photographic work for a variety of projects ranging from special effects in the Haunted House to the installation of the new museum on Museum Wharf.
  • Assistant Designer: Intermedia Systems Corporation, Cambridge, MA 1973-1974
    Responsibilities included multi-media and graphic design, photography, and exhibit design for Maine Yankee nuclear power plant visitor center and a variety of Boston clients.
  • Photographer/Graphic Artist: Royal Typewriter Co., Hartford, CT 1971-1972
    Process and studio photography, cinematography, technical illustration, and graphic design.
  • Photographer: Kevin Donovan Films, Glastonbury, CT 1969-1970
    Still and motion picture photographer for major utilities and industrial accounts.


  • California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA – M.F.A. with Distinction, 1980
  • Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA – B.F.A., 1977
  • Pilchuck Glass Center, Seattle, WA – Teaching Assistantship, 1976
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Cambridge, MA, 1975-76
  • Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY 1970-71

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Museums
  • Glass Art Society
  • National Association for Museum Exhibition – Board of Directors (1989-1994)

Exhibitions: Glass, Sculpture & Photography

  • Keepers of the Flame, The ARTS at Marks, Honolulu, HI
  • New American Glass, Beaumont Art Museum, TX.; Huntsville Museum of Art, Al.; Columbia Museum of Art, S.C
  • New Glass, Museum of Decorative Arts, Paris; Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
  • R.I.S.D. Glass, L’Art D’Verre Gallery, Montreal, Canada.
  • Tenth Annual Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Ann Arbor, Mi.
  • Glass, Woods Gerry Gallery, Providence, R.I.
  • New Forms, Meyer Brier, Weiss, San Francisco, Ca.
  • Ninth Annual Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Southfield, Mi.
  • Glass Routes, Decordova Museum, Lincoln, Ma.
  • Constructions, Portland State University, Portland, Or.
  • Variations, Heller Gallery, New York City, N.Y.
  • Focus West Virginia, The Glass Art Society, Huntington Galleries, W.V.
  • Experiments in Neon, Clayworks, Glassworks Gallery, N.Y.C., N.Y.
  • New Work, New Space, Meyer, Brier, Weiss, San Francisco, Ca.
  • Working with Glass, Triton Museum, Santa Clara, Ca.
  • The Painted Object, Meyer, Brier & Weiss, San Francisco, Ca.
  • Light, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, Ca.
  • Eighth Annual National Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Southfield, Mi.
  • Current Trends in Glass, Walnut Creek Civic Arts Gallery, Ca.
  • California Glass Group, Branch Gallery, Washington D.C.
  • Glass Vessels, Mandell Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca.
  • Newer Than New, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
  • Contemporary Glass, Indiana University Art Museum, South Bend, In.
  • New Glass, Renwick Gallery, Washington DC, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY.
  • Corning Museum of Glass, Corning N.Y., Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Ohio
  • Spaces, Walnut Creek Arts Civic Gallery, Walnut Creek, Ca.
  • New York Experimental Glass Workshop Annual, Parsons Design Center, NY, NY
  • Meditations, Environmental Installation, Percy West Gallery, Oakland, Ca.
  • Artists Soapbox Derby Trophies, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
  • Canadada, University of Manitoba, Canada
  • Death of Mailart, Sheboygan, WI
  • Gas, Glass, Electricity II, Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Cambridge, MA
  • Pilchuck Glass Invitational, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
  • Closed for Repairs, Fullerton Gallery, Boston, MA
  • R.I.S.D. Invitational, Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH
  • Gas, Glass, Electricity, Center for Advanced Visual Studies, M.I.T., Cambridge, MA
  • Fathers, Photographers Workshop, Wareton, MA
  • Seven College Exhibition, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
  • Collections, Russian Wharf Gallery, Boston, MA

Additional Professional Activities

  • Teaching Science through Interactivities. 1990 AAM National Conference presentation.
  • The Thinking Gallery: Developing Interactive Exhibits at the New England Aquarium. AAZPA Regional Proceedings 1989. pp. 867-874 and Drum and Croaker. Spring 1990.
  • Computers, Exhibits, and Desktop Publishing: A perspective after five years of “revolution” at New England Aquarium. AAZPA Annual Proceedings, 1991.
  • Designing Hands-on Exhibits. New England Museum Association Conference, 1989.
  • Museums as Theatres, Museums as Entertainment, Museums as Immersions: An Exhibit Review. Midwest Museums Conference, 1992.
  • Museums as Movers and Shakers. Midwest Museums Conference, 1992.
  • Tool Time for Professionals. Midwest Museums Conference workshop, 1993.
  • Design Expo ’93. Produced and chaired three design seminars on museum design and production techniques. Topics included requests for proposals, estimating, project scheduling, and museum standards.
  • Getting it Designed, Drawn, and Built. NAME workshop, Field Museum, June, 1994.
  • Designing for the Real World. Hawaii Museum Conference presentation, 1996.
  • Designing vs. Managing Design: Walking the Walk. 1998 AAM National Conference presentation.
  • Extreme Science. ASTC Conference presentation, 1999