Jeffrey Wyatt is Principal at The Museum Practice. He consults with museums and exhibition companies around the world interested in creating and touring traveling exhibitions. He has 25 years’ experience in the production of touring and permanent attractions. At GES Entertainment Mr. Wyatt oversaw business development and produced exhibitions including Harry Potter the Exhibition in venues around the world. While at Arts & Exhibitions International, in his role as exhibition producer, Mr. Wyatt oversaw the design and construction of the Tutankhamun, the Golden King and Great Pharaohs exhibition. This exhibition featured over 150 artifacts from the famous pharaoh’s tomb in Egypt. Additionally, he supervised the installation in 9 cities of this exhibition, managing a team of over 30 talented technicians, artists and designers culminating in a blockbuster event. Wyatt was also the producer of Michael Jackson: The Official Exhibition and toured this exhibition to London, Tokyo and Osaka in the year following Jackson’s death.
While at Clear Channel Exhibitions (now Evergreen Exhibitions), Mr. Wyatt directed the creation and tours of several blockbuster exhibitions including Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, Saint Peter and the Vatican: The Legacy of the Popes, Liberty Bell 7 and NASA’s Space: A Journey to Our Future among others. He also led the sales effort to museums for over 15 exhibitions. Prior to Clear Channel Jeffrey was a project manager at Universal Studios Hollywood where he helped create such attractions as “Terminator 2:3-D” and “Totally Nickelodeon”. Earlier, he was the producer for the interactive sports exhibits for Coca-Cola Olympic City at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
He began his career as theater designer and project manager at Iwerks Entertainment. Mr. Wyatt has an architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from the University of Texas, San Antonio.
Sara Hougan is a deeply engaged museum professional with experience in multiple aspects of content development. She is currently Partner at The Museum Practice. Concurrently she is the Vice President of Programming for WOW Exploration’s WOWtopia, a highly physical, hands-on touring global festival, designed to WOW kids and families with the wonder and beauty of the planet, its sights, cultures and people.
Sara started her career by leading cultural programming for the renowned Boston Children’s Museum. In addition to organizing large festivals, Sara served on numerous exhibit development teams and created school programs and materials that accompanied BCM’s traveling exhibits. After Boston, Sara served as the curator and education director of the Great Harbor Maritime Museum. More recently she drove the content development for a 42,000-sq. ft. science exhibition at a new museum in Liaoning, China.
In addition, Sara has rich experience working with schools, matching programming content to state and national education standards. Her work for the Maine Alliance for Arts Education received funds and accolades from the Kennedy Center and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Courtney Bowers Marhev
Courtney Bowers Marhev is Project Coordinator at the Museum Practice.
Courtney has a passion for sharing perspectives on cultural history, and has dedicated her professional life to that objective. After attaining her bachelor’s degree in art history with a minor in Italian at the University of Texas in Austin, she was awarded a Fellowship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. In pursuit of her master’s degree in the history of decorative arts and design at Parsons University in New York City, Courtney helped to catalog the collection at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum. Working on her thesis there in New York, she uncovered the lost legacy of early 20th century jeweler Gustav Manz. Her findings on Manz were published by the Smithsonian, and were developed into an article for the Magazine Antiques and a lecture for the American Society of Jewelry Historians, as well as an article for the New York Times. She continues to pursue topics in design history, conducting interviews and writing articles to capture some of the fascinating untold stories that continue to influence the industry.
Beyond research and writing, Courtney has worked as an executive administrator, content developer, copy editor, photographer, and client services specialist in various design-related businesses including museums, galleries, art logistics companies, wholesalers, retailers, and private dealers. She is excited to now dedicate her energy and expertise to supporting the diverse initiatives of The Museum Practice.