“This is Richmond, VA” at The Valentine

v8Have you seen the new “This is Richmond, Virginia” exhibit at The Valentine yet?

Riggs Ward worked with staff members from The Valentine to create an exhibition that highlights Richmond’s stories and explores the City’s past. To provide a dynamic line of sight for visitors entering the Introduction Hall, the gallery opens to provide an enhanced and illuminated view to the rear of the Wickam House and courtyard below. Minimizing artifact case widths provides maximum visitor circulation, ease in orientation, wayfinding, and improved visitor engagement of the History Center’s thematic and thought-provoking organization. Throughout the exhibit, artifacts are not displayed chronologically, but in a way that evokes an answer to a specific thematic question, such as: Why the fall line? Where do we live? What do we produce? Who has a voice? And what do we believe or value?


RWD created a series of renderings and floor plans for this project, designed exhibits, and executed fabrication and installation. The museum reopened its doors in October 2014. We encourage you to visit if you are in the Richmond region!

Thank you, Edwin Slipek, for the great review: “Valentine curators David Voelkel and Meg Hughes, director William Martin and his staff, and the Richmond-based exhibit design firm Riggs Ward have done a masterful job in creating a rubric cube of an experience: Make your own connections, your own discoveries, guided by the artifacts.”

Check out this time-lapse video of the project’s final steps during installation.

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