Advanced Mount Making (Level 3)

The course was developed in response to former participant requests for more studio time under the advanced mentorship of an expert mount maker and provides opportunities to share solutions and learn from other exhibit professionals. A maximum of six participants may enroll, which ensures in-depth, personalized, hands-on attention.

Specific techniques to be taught will be tailored to participants’ needs, but may include seismic mounts (for earthquakes and building vibrations), invisible mounts, mounts for traveling exhibits, mounts for specific types of objects, compiling estimates for mounts including time, materials and budget costs, and networking with other mount making professionals around the country. Students are encouraged to submit any suggestions for topics to be included in the class at the time they register.

Previous mount making experience or completion of Mount Making: The Design and Fabrication of Archival Mounts course is required.

Course Dates

June 19-21, 2023 (Registration Closed)

Course Fee


Early Registration



Earl Lock

About the Instructor

Earl Lock is a mount maker, exhibit designer, and fabricator in private practice in Chicago. Earl has over 20 years experience designing and fabricating exhibit components for natural history museums, art museums, and planetariums. He holds a Masters 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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