Mount Making: The Design and Fabrication of Archival Mounts for Exhibits (Level 2)

This course will give each student a practical “hands-on” experience: designing mounts; evaluating and using archival materials; making of coated brass and stainless steel pin mounts; fabric wrapping ethafoam and acrylic forms; cutting, heat bending, and polishing of acrylic; and silver brazing brass mounts. In addition, each student will be encouraged to present to the class any particular mount making challenges they are currently or will soon be working on at their jobs. 

Course Dates

June 13-16, 2023 CONFIRMED TO RUN and FULL (2 spots left)

Course Fee


Early Registration



Pam Gaible and Earl Lock

About the Instructor

Pam Gaible is the mount shop supervisor at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. She has over 20 years of experience designing and fabricating archival mounts. She has made mounts for a large variety of objects including; dinosaur fossils, Egyptian mummies, Pacific island ceremonial objects, African textiles, Native American clothing, animal skeletons, and meteorites. Major exhibits at the Field Museum which Pam has worked on include “Kremlin Gold: 1000 Years of Russian Gems and Jewels”, “Cleopatra of Egypt”, “Cartier - 1900 to 1939”, “Scrolls from the Dead Sea”, “Inside Ancient Egypt”, “Traveling the Pacific”, “Africa”, “Life over Time”, and “What is an Animal?”. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. 

Earl Lock is a mount maker, exhibit designer, and fabricator in private practice in Chicago. Earl has over 20 years of experience designing and fabricating exhibit components for natural history museums, art museums, and planetariums. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and has made archival mount for major exhibits at The Field Museum, The Adler Planetarium, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the Speed Art Museum, and the Frazier Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, The Chicago History Museum, the Logan Museum of Anthropology at Beloit College, and for private collectors across the country. 

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