The visitors walked through their own history experiencing life as it was and felt proud about life as it is now. Proun Exhibit Design and Consulting is an amazing storyteller.
From the conceptual planning to design, your team was sensitive to the history, patient with the archival and photographic search creating a phenomenal experience developing this exhibition. Mr. Danemayer, your leadership, management and integrity produced the exhibit with the highest quality. Everything was completed on time and within budget making this project seamless.
CAROL J. ALEXANDER
Ritz Theater and Museum
I wanted to let you know that we are getting a tremendous response to the exhibit, website and catalog! We have requests from all over the School and in fact, the world to send additional literature etc. People are calling to find out more about coming to see the physical exhibit and our web stats are very high. Our colleagues in China are thrilled and we are shipping catalogs to Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Thank you so much for your contributions—this is such a success due to your creativity and skill.
Director of Baker Library Historical Collections
Harvard Business School
The Proun team’s multi-faceted skill-sets, thoughtful deliberation, attention to process, and their mature working relationships enabled them to complete such a complex project. We challenged them to create the antithesis of visitor expectations and they rose to that challenge.
Chris Danemayer’s long experience on other African American history projects and his fine-tuned sense of aesthetics led us to a look and feel that is elegant and modern, and the way he divided ideas and space is both compelling and easily comprehensible for the visitor.
Educational Director, James Madison's Montpelier
I have worked with many exhibition designers and design firms over my 37 year career at museums and historic sites. Proun Design is the best firm I have ever worked with. They were able to listen and really hear our ideas and our desired outcomes. They work together seamlessly as a team and collaborated with us at Montpelier in a similarly respectful way. The resulting design for the exhibition The Mere Distinction of Colour is graphically stunning, evocative, haunting, and beautiful. It has won seven national awards in the museum field. We have already worked with Proun on a second project and I would not hesitate to work with them on others.
Executive Vice President and Chief Curator
James Madison’s Montpelier
I have engaged or collaborated with Chris Danemayer/Proun Design on projects for both the Smithsonian Institution (SITES) and the National Park Service. Proun Design is one of the premier exhibit design firms in the northeast. Chris’s creativity and depth of work over more than 25 years is well known in the design profession; his work for numerous interpretive installations, museums and visitors’ centers is still providing unique and refreshing experiences for visitors of all ages and backgrounds.
David Siebert, Director of Exhibits, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
“I encourage anyone visiting Charlottesville to make a trip to Montpelier. It is a deeply profound and moving experience and the exhibits on display in the basement of the historic home are more powerful and more life affirming than the grand vistas that I experienced on these historic grounds.”
ANTONIO VIVA, on James Madison Montpelier
“Thank you again and again for your talent, expertise, patience, advice and direction. It is such a joy for us to work with you all because you get us and you are able to translate our thoughts, ideas and plans into an exhibit that speaks volumes and educates our community.”
DALE DANIELS, Former Executive Director,
Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education
at Brookdale College (CHHANGE)
“Thank you” for your great work on the exhibit. It looks so nice. All of my colleagues who have seen it are very impressed. It was a joy working with you–hope we have a chance to collaborate again. Thank you so much for all your generosity and creative energy.
KRISTIN GALLUS, Project Manager – Education Development,
Lowell NHS, Tsongas Industrial History Center
“Everyone has great things to say about all of the displays. You have been wonderful to work with and we greatly appreciate your flexibility and patience with us.”
REBECCA DUFAULT, Project Manager,
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
“Thanks for your great work for NFCT - wow - what you have created is really the face of NFCT. We are so grateful!”
KATE WILLIAMS, Director,
Northern Forest Canoe Trail
“Thank you also for your perseverance over the past 18 months … I am so grateful that it was YOU who was our partner on this one. I can think of few designers who would have been as accommodating and helpful as you were.”
DEBBIE DOUGLAS PhD, Curator of Science and Technology,
“Thank you for all your work on this project and successfully seeing it through in a very short timeframe. You took a large amount of information and condensed it into a comprehensive, interesting story of the key events in our 110+ year history – it will be enjoyed by staff and patients alike.”
SARAH GARDENT, Senior Project Manager,
Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital
“Everyone LOVED the exhibit. Lots of nice compliments from the higher-ups, and students are still stopping to have a good look. Many thanks for your patience and tact.”
KATHLEEN MARKEES, Preservation Librarian,
Gordon Library, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
“I want to thank you for your terrific work on the Sharf History Wall and for your patience throughout the process. Thank you for your professionalism and for your creativity to bring this project to fruition. We've received many compliments from physicians and patients who walk the Pike and now have something to look at and learn.”
TINA LANG-STUART, Director of Stewardship,
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Partners Healthcare
“Fantastic working with you, Chris. Everyone tonight was gushing about the fantastic exhibit design. Thanks again for all your hard work on the project and for giving us a such a beautiful product!”
DR. DIANA ARCHIBALD, co-curator
“Across the board your graphic solutions are elegant and effective… Finally, in spite of the challenges posed by each of these unique spaces and the lengthy approval processes involved, you managed to keep this project within the budget estimate set out in your contract. That, I thank you for.”
PRISCILLA DANFORTH, Project Manager,
Peabody Essex Museum
“His graphic treatments of the exhibits blends sensitivity to the historical materials on display with a dynamic approach that invites visitors to explore the park.”
CAROLYN GOLDSTEIN, Museum Curator,
Lowell National Historical Park
“My brains fell out when I opened your graphics.
In my house, this means good, very good, excellent. Great job!”
RUSS HANDSMAN, Curator of Exhibits, EcoTarium
“I strongly recommend Proun for any exhibit work that requires creativity, flexibility, tight budget control, and a dose of good humor.”
LISA VERNEGAARD, Director of Planning and Ecology,
The Trustees of Reservations, Doyle Conservation Center
“Rest assured, the National Aviary . . . and all of the team is very pleased with the outcome of the project. The new graphics have become the standard by which we measure ourselves and that we will strive to surpass—no easy feat.”
JIM BONNER, Director Emeritus of Operations,
“They look fabulous — just like they had always been there!
They really enliven the space in an elegant way.”
CLAUDIA THOMPSON, Director of Education,
Appalachian Mountain Club
“Chris is a graphic designer who can think out of the box and has a striking sense of color.”
DOLORES ROOT, Director of Exhibits,
“I was amazed to find that the finished exhibit not only met our chief goal of making a complex topic interesting and much easier to explain to visitors, but also exceeded my (and my agency's) expectations in almost every way.”
GAIL PORTER, Project Director,
National Institute of Standards & Technologies
“Your design was exactly what we had envisioned for our exhibit, and the finished product was true to the end… We also appreciate your diligence and follow-up during the entire process from start to finish. It was very helpful to have your input and leadership during the production process.”
DARON MANOOGIAN, Marketing Coordinator,
“He captured the purity of our environment and our mission of stewardship: natural beauty without artificial enhancement. Chris’ strength as a designer could be defined similarly: creativity without pretense.”
JACKIE PEOPLES, Executive Director,
“Our team benefited from his creativity and wealth of talent in his specialty. He is a first rate professional. We recommend him without reservation.”
ODESSA WOOLFOLK, President Emeritus,
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
“Explus was impressed with the graphic system created by Chris Danemayer & CCA for the Louisiana State Museum Project in Baton Rouge. The DD graphic typicals, hierarchy and content templates created by Chris were user-friendly for client input and thoroughly organized for Explus’ production file work. Creativity and attention to quality are evident in everything from the design elevations through to the output technique and material selection. During the project Chris has been readily available and very responsive to any questions or proposed changes to the graphic package based on evolving needs from our client. We look forward to partnering with Chris on future projects.”
MIKE RAYBURN, Project Manager,
“For the last several months I have had the pleasure of working with Chris Danemayer on the production of the graphic artwork for a major portion of the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, VA. He was responsible for managing the production of the graphic electronic mechanicals for over 125 wall murals. This work encompassed over 250 images and over 350 blocks of copy. His files are extremely well organized and consistent, and show a clear understanding of the file preparation and output processes. He is responsive and thorough bringing a higher level of quality standards to this project. He was able to delivered 80% of the files three months ahead of schedule even after major changes in the script had taken place. As a production manager, I truly appreciate the professionalism and experience that Chris brings to the table.”
MIKE LICARI, Project Manager, D+P Inc.
“It is amazing and a "must see" for all of our clients and potential clients as well as our employees.”
JEFF BEALE, Project Manager,
Eaton Vance Investment Managers.
“The Wall is amazing. I keep walking by it to take it all in —the textures, the color, the lighting and, of course, the subjects. It is beautiful! Jeff’s vision and Nick’s and your implementation and experience with museum exhibits created a treasure for Eaton Vance’s present and future employees.”
DIANE BRISSETTE, Project Coordinator,
Eaton Vance Investment Managers