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

This intensive hands-on course teaches participants practical skills and provides experience designing mounts, evaluating and using archival materials, making coated brass and stainless steel pin mounts, fabric wrapping Ethafoam and acrylic forms, working with Vivak, cutting, heat bending, and polishing acrylic, and silver brazing brass mounts. In addition, each participant will be encouraged to share mount-making challenges they are currently or will soon be working on at their jobs. Participants are welcome to bring an object for mount making, but let the instructor know what you’re bringing in advance. The Center for Collections Care, including the instructors, does not bear responsibility for items participants bring to the course.

At the request of previous participants, this class has been expanded to five days! The fifth day will provide additional time and opportunity to experiment with the guidance of master mount makers. 

Course Dates

June 10-14, 2024 (CONFIRMED TO RUN - FULL); 2nd Session July 22-26, 2024 (CONFIRMED TO RUN - FULL)

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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