The overall aim of this course is to provide practical hands on training as well as theoretical interrogation of the practice of mountmaking for museum objects. The course is designed for students who work with museum collections, or hope to work with museum collections.

Over the course of two days, students will learn about designing, fabricating and installing object mounts, working with a variety of object types and collection types.

Students will work through the entire process of making mounts in collections, both for stabilization in storage or during transport, and for exhibition. By the end of this workshop, students will know how to:

  • Critically analyze the larger context within which this activity takes place
  • Execute safe handling of various objects
  • Evaluate mounting needs of objects
  • Evaluate mounting needs of objects
  • Design a mount for objects
  • Select the best materials for the designed mount
  • Fabricate mounts
  • Finish mounts
  • Install mounts and object in storage or on exhibit.

Session One focuses on the building of support mounts for storage and transport.
Session Two focuses on making mounts for objects for exhibition.

All registrants are required to attend BOTH the Saturday and Sunday sessions.  

Should you fail to withdraw 48+ hours in advance, thereby preventing your colleagues on the waitlist from filling in your spot, your library account will be charged $10 per missed workshop.  Please note, it is your responsibility to sign next to your name on the attendance sheet for each workshop session.  A blank signature spot will result in a penalty charge.

*This workshop was made possible by the combined efforts of the Inforum and the Tech Fund.


Devorah Romanek, Curator of Exhibits at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico