Nancy Chalue Jones brings a unique expertise to the creative team with over 30 years of experience in design for children’s museums, educational institutions, and as a consultant on child development and education. Nancy is a champion of developmentally appropriate exhibits for children. She brings passion for creating engaging exhibits that honor the child’s curiosity, innate sense of wonder, and boundless imagination. Her contagious enthusiasm, attention to detail and dedication to creating whimsical environments that inspire meaningful learning are admired both here and abroad.
As the founding Director of Exhibits at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Nancy led the extraordinary design, fabrication and installation teams to create sixteen innovative exhibit areas, including the award winning Schuff-Perini Climber. Nancy is a critical partner in the creative process and an advocate for actively engaging young children in developmentally-appropriate learning. Nancy continues to consult on design teams for climbing sculptures, innovative exhibits, and creative learning environments in China, Curacao, Chicago, and the Middle East.
A graduate of Wheelock College in Boston, Nancy has presented workshops at professional conferences across the U.S. and in China focusing on child development in the exhibit gallery, the importance of risk for children, play as a means of learning, science for children and for teachers of children, and creating informal learning environments that engage and cultivate the minds, muscles, and imaginations of children.
Janet Cantley is a curator with over 30 years’ experience in museums, working with collections and developing exhibitions. She is committed to finding new artists, expanding community voice, and engaging diverse audiences. Much of her career, including 22 years at the Heard Museum, she focused on interpretation of untold histories, such as the removal of the Chiricahua Apache from Arizona in 1886 and their imprisonment for 27 years. As a curator, she has served on various Board committees—Collections, Exhibition Planning, and Program Committees—and she taught docent and public classes. Recently, she managed a project on federally operated American Indian Boarding Schools, resulting in a renovated exhibition, Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories, a micro-website, publication of a special edition of the Journal of American Indian Education and a traveling exhibit. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) selected Away From Home for one of their NEH on the Road shows, which will go to 23 cities across the United States for five years. In 2020 the exhibition was presented an Award of Excellence by the American Association for State and Local History.
Eric learned the basics while studying Graphic Design at Arizona State University. After graduating, he worked his way up the ranks in some of Phoenix’s most recognizable design studios, and on some of the country’s most recognizable brands, including Audi of America, Dell Webb and Celebrity Cruise Lines. Eric took a 7-year break from the studio life to take the position as Senior Graphic Designer for the Heard Museum. Not to forget his roots, Eric has kept one foot in the world of academia, teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in typography, exhibit design, information design and interactive design at ASU.
In 2000, he set out on his own , Eric has helped bring success to a variety of clients; from artists and architects to pharmaceutical companies and real estate developers. And while collateral, annual reports and exhibit design are well within his comfort zone, Eric’s greatest strengths are interactive media and identity work. For over twenty years, his greatest asset has been the unique ability to bring both creativity and logic to every project.
Most recently, Eric was creative manager at the Musical Instrument Museum, designing 200,000 square feet of exhibits. While at the MIM, he also developed and implemented the museum’s website, created corporate identity materials, and designed various museum publications and advertisements.