Senior Advisor to the CEO - International Exhibitions & Intiatives
Simon Adlam Biography
In 1993 French-American sculptor Louise Bourgeois and the New York art scene sparked an inevitable relationship for Simon Adlam with art, design and museums. Nearly twenty-five years later, he is the creative and management force behind several transformative museum projects celebrated for their unique experiences and innovative design in the U.S. and abroad. Adlam recently served as Director of Exhibitions for Qatar Museums, as well as Director of Exhibits, Creative Director and Senior Project Manager during the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County’s (NHM) decade-long transformation and capital campaign.
His fusion of design and content into inspiring narratives served as a game changer for the institution among three crucial audiences for any project—visitors and patrons, museum peers and press. As design mastermind at the LA Natural History Museum, the museum experienced a nearly 50% increase in visitors and became a lure for future donors interested in branding opportunities of unique installations, exhibits as well as permanent halls. Teams from the world’s leading institutions flocked to Adlam’s projects upon each opening, closely studying them as models for communicating complex subject matter in a conceptually connective manner. Art critics have received his genre-bending work in notable ways placing his natural history exhibitions in the top ten art show lists in the Los Angeles Times as well as the Huffington Post. Adlam’s canny ability to assemble, curate and creatively direct great minds – paleontologists and scientists, curators and specialists, artists and taxidermists, architects and engineers, multimedia visionaries and entertainment world fabricators—resulted in top awards from the American Association of Museums (AAM) with Special Achievement for Excellence in Exhibitions; the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) National Design Competition; and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North American.
Monday, May 7
8:45 AM – 10:00 AM