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SPATIAL POETICS is a Denver-based design studio that specializes in content-rich interpretive exhibitions for museums. We shape environments that tell stories, invite contemplation, and encourage participation. Collaboration is at the core of our process. We work closely with our clients to develop successful strategies for display and interpretation. By working together we are able to build on your institution’s strengths and voice. We craft creative solutions to the unique challenges of each project, while adhering to professional standards for conservation, display, and accessibility. We engage exhibitions as an experimental practice, exploring possibilities for new ways of creating meaning for visitors. Our goal is to design exhibitions with lasting impact – for museums, their visitors, and communities. We want to work with you.

BEN GRISWOLD has been designing exhibitions since 2007, and he founded Spatial Poetics in 2010. His background in architecture and fine art informs his disciplined and creative approach to exhibition design. In addition to maintaining his design practice, Ben serves as the Mountain-Plains Regional Representative to the National Association for Museum Exhibition (NAME). He has also taught in the arts programs at Metro State University and University of Denver.

SERVICES: Through our services we deliver a thoughtful approach to exhibit development and design, research, consulting, space planning, interior design and exhibit graphics. Services include:

Concept development | Exhibition planning and design | Space planning | Graphic design | Casework design | Digital media development for interpretation | Materials research and specification | Art direction | Installation consultation

 

Clients:

Colorado Photographic Arts Center | Denver Art Museum | Denver Botanic Gardens | Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City | Fentress Architects | Golden History Museum | History Colorado Center | iDE – International Development Enterprises | Museum of Contemporary Art Denver | The Laboratory of Arts and Ideas at Belmar | University of Denver Museum of Anthropology | RedLine arts center

Press:

Exhibitions designed by Spatial Poetics have been featured in national media outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Museum (bimonthly publication of the American Alliance of Museums), Artforum, ArtDaily.org, The Daily Beast, Examiner.com, Wallpaper magazine and The Atlantic. Local coverage has included The Denver Post, 5280 Magazine, Denver Westword, Colorado Springs Independent, Loveland’s Reporter-Herald and Modern in Denver magazine.

Spatial Poetics takes its name from the book The Poetics of Space by the French philosopher Gaston Bachelard. Bachelard was interested in how our imaginations are fed by our relationships with the the metaphorical and archetypal dimensions of the places we inhabit. A “poetics of space” is an exploration of a lyrical engagement with our surroundings. At Spatial Poetics, we approach exhibitions with the idea of lyrical engagement in mind.