About: Elie Glyn

I’m a junior designer at the J. Paul Getty Museum, working at both the Getty Center and Villa. In addition to Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome, recent exhibitions I've worked on include Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line, The Life of Art; and Lyonel Feininger: Photographs, 1928–1939. My job is to help create the look and feel of an exhibition experience, to present artwork in its best light along with interpretive graphics, and to design a promotional campaign that entices potential visitors. I’ve been working for the Getty for three years, and have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design.

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Ancient Sicilian Coins: Miniature Masterpieces, Full-Scale Challenges

Coin with Nike Driving a Four-Horse Chariot
Royal Library of Belgium—Coin Cabinet

The designer of the Sicily exhibition at the Getty Villa reveals the challenges of displaying small, double-sided, intricate objects—coins. More»

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      What unexpected thing have you learned by working at a museum?

      The more time you take with the art, the better. 

      The first time I saw a work by James Turrell, my eyes totally deceived me. I walked into the room (Acton, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art) and saw a gray rectangle “painting,” but I was baffled and could not figure it out—I got closer and closer until my face was pressed against the wall next to it, trying to figure out what it was. When my friend stuck her arm into the painting and revealed the illusion (a square cut into the wall and lit to look flat), my mind was blown! You got me so good, James.

      Also, always offer to take a family photo for the tourists!

      What do you wish you could tell all people about yourself, museums, or life? 

      Everyone is creative.

      Emily, Education Technologist at the Getty, July 24, 2014

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