Director of Exhibits and Media Studio
Director, Exhibits and Media Studio, Exploratorium
Tom Rockwell leads the group responsible for exhibit development and production at the Exploratorium and with global partners, as well as the web, editorial, and design departments. He was responsible for overseeing the planning, design and construction of the exhibit galleries for the museum’s 2013 move to Pier 15/17 on San Francisco's Embarcadero. During his ten years at the Exploratorium, Tom was also principal investigator for the Geometry Playground exhibition, and for the Science in the Stacks collaboration with the Queens Borough Public Library. Prior to coming to San Francisco Tom founded and ran Painted Universe, Inc. in Ithaca NY, where projects included traveling exhibitions such as It’s a Nano World (with the Ithaca Science Center and Cornell University), The Enchanted Museum: Exploring the Science of Art (with the Berkshire Museum), and illustrations for The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene. Before that, training in the visual arts at Brown University and a lifelong interest in combining art and science led Tom to work first as an educator in science museums (Franklin Institute and Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia), and then as a designer and construction coordinator of community-built science parks and playgrounds (Leathers and Associates, based in Ithaca, NY).
Monday, May 7
8:45 AM – 10:00 AM
Wednesday, May 9
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM