1220 Exhibits, Inc. http://www.1220.com EXHIBITS // ENVIRONMENTS //EVENTS Wed, 20 May 2015 18:51:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 1220 Opens International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum http://www.1220.com/1220-opens-international-tennis-hall-of-fame-and-museum/ http://www.1220.com/1220-opens-international-tennis-hall-of-fame-and-museum/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 15:00:51 +0000 http://www.1220.com/?p=1778 Conceived by James Van Alen, inventor of the tennis tiebreaker and additional scoring systems, the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum in Newport, Rhode Island, is home to the world’s largest collection of tennis memorabilia and features the world’s oldest competition grass courts. Housed in the historic Victorian shingle-style design of the Newport Casino built in 1880, the International…

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Conceived by James Van Alen, inventor of the tennis tiebreaker and additional scoring systems, the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum in Newport, Rhode Island, is home to the world’s largest collection of tennis memorabilia and features the world’s oldest competition grass courts. Housed in the historic Victorian shingle-style design of the Newport Casino built in 1880, the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum was officially opened in 1954.

Museum staff launched a Match Point Campaign to add new facilities, improve campus-wide amenities and create a modern interactive museum. The Museum wished to reinterpret their collections and galleries focusing on the addition of interactive technology and displaying artifacts that had previously been in storage. 1220 Exhibits of Nashville, Tennessee, was called upon to fabricate exhibit components sharing the re-imagined story and history of tennis.

To house over 2,000 artifacts, 1220 custom fabricated thirty-seven performance built-in and free standing cases. 1220’s Artifact Specialist, Doug Zellman, fabricated custom mounts and took three and a half weeks to personally install with an assistant. A visitor will be able to view outfits worn by players from the 1800’s to present-day, including Roger Federer’s 2007 Wimbledon racquet and Monica Seles’ 1991 US Open Women’s Singles Championship Trophy.

The renovation of the Museum offers updated interactive technology and AV programming bringing visitors closer to their favorite stars and historic tournament sites. A touchscreen globe allows visitors to explore tournament sites around the world providing the viewer scores and data.  1220 was responsible for coordinating with Cortina Productions on globe projection equipment requirements. For the  hologram of Roger Federer, 1220 provided and integrated the AV hardware and programmed the lighting and control system.

Due to the historic nature of the building, access to the exhibit spaces were constricted by architectural details such as narrow door openings and lack of a freight elevator. 1220 engineered exhibit components to effectively reassemble and offloaded into the building through an upper story window access utilizing a boom lift. The International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum will host their Grand Re-Opening Ceremony on May 19-20th.

With over 100,000 square feet of production facility in Nashville, TN, 1220 provides breakthrough solutions for the fabrication and installation of exhibits, events, and experiences. Past clients range from history museums and nature centers, to sports and music halls of fame. For more information on how 1220 can make your vision a reality, contact 1-800-333-1220 or visit www.1220.com.

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1220 Relays for Life http://www.1220.com/1220-relays-for-life/ http://www.1220.com/1220-relays-for-life/#comments Wed, 06 May 2015 17:00:25 +0000 http://www.1220.com/?p=1772 This past weekend, 1220 Exhibits participated in The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life helping to raise over $77,000 for cancer research. Throughout the month of April, 1220 had been hosting several fundraisers including a pie in the face contest that I was the lucky winner to pie Matt, the President, in the face. Some people think my Assistant rigged…

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This past weekend, 1220 Exhibits participated in The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life helping to raise over $77,000 for cancer research. Throughout the month of April, 1220 had been hosting several fundraisers including a pie in the face contest that I was the lucky winner to pie Matt, the President, in the face. Some people think my Assistant rigged it and she swears she didn’t but it was hilarious to say the least. I might have rubbed the whipped cream in real good on his face! Other fundraisers included a percentage night at a local restaurant and a fun clothes week where employees got to wear jeans, their college colors, hats and shorts. We capped off the month with a company lunch bringing everyone together to celebrate our accomplishments and spend time with one another as a company for an hour. This is one of the things I most like doing because I don’t think we can say enough good things about the work we are doing. We have some great projects in the shop right now and are about to open a few museums that are truly spectacular. The clients are very pleased and we can’t wait to show them off.

Relay for Life kicked off the next day at 11am and went until 11pm. We had some great giveaway prizes and employees brought their kids and dogs to play. It was the first warm day where the rain stayed away and it looked like everyone enjoyed themselves. There was music, interactive activities and contests including donut eating, balloon tosses and a Cheeto toss where one person has whipped cream on their face and the other tosses Cheetos onto the whipped cream. Seriously, who comes up with this?

In all seriousness, it was a great reminder of how far cancer research has progressed and a rallying call to continue to push to find a cure for this disease. The Luminaria ceremony had people tell their personal stories with loved ones battling cancer and a slideshow of people that had fought and either won or lost their battle. The pedestrian bridge was lined with Luminaria bags with those names and it was humbling to see so many names including those of our own. This is why 1220 joined the fight against cancer. To fight for our people and their families. There are no words for when a son or daughter is lost but we hope to one day not let another family know that pain. We will end cancer, together.

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The Do Seum: Makes You Want to be a Kid Again http://www.1220.com/seum-makes-want-kid/ http://www.1220.com/seum-makes-want-kid/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:00:13 +0000 http://www.1220.com/?p=1757 1220 is in the midst of completing a project at the Do Seum in San Antonio, Texas that is sure to delight and inspire all who visit.  This project really makes me want to be a kid again. The coolest feature we had the pleasure of working on was a lighting and sound system that can change the theme of the…

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1220 is in the midst of completing a project at the Do Seum in San Antonio, Texas that is sure to delight and inspire all who visit.  This project really makes me want to be a kid again.

The coolest feature we had the pleasure of working on was a lighting and sound system that can change the theme of the environment.  At any point, the museum staff can select either a “blue”, “green” or “red” theme, triggering several exhibits to switch to an underwater grotto, forest glen of jewel-lined cave setting. One of our interactive specialists, Lucas, programmed projectors to fill the space with thematic images and fanciful additions like shooting stars and bubbles.  BrightSign audio players change programs to compliment and complete the immersive experience.

1220 coordinated with the lighting designer and a DMX programmer to trigger the effects on cue and to train the museum staff on the operation of their system.

This is part of the Do Seum’s Fantasy Storymaking area enabling children to act out their own stories with friends and parents. Our hope is children spend hours playing and come back to act out additional stories.  I wish there was something like this when I was growing up, but seeing the smiling faces of children makes up for it.

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Museums Advocacy Day http://www.1220.com/museums-advocacy-day/ http://www.1220.com/museums-advocacy-day/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:02:32 +0000 http://www.1220.com/?p=1721 Museums Advocacy Day occurs February 23-24 in Washington, DC with anyone who works in or loves museums sending a unified message to Congress about the importance of museums and how federal policy affects their ability to serve the public. Now in its seventh year, museum advocates will spend Monday preparing for the following day with members of Congress that are…

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Museums Advocacy Day occurs February 23-24 in Washington, DC with anyone who works in or loves museums sending a unified message to Congress about the importance of museums and how federal policy affects their ability to serve the public. Now in its seventh year, museum advocates will spend Monday preparing for the following day with members of Congress that are set up by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).

Museums Advocacy Day is very important for the future success and profitability of museums. In a world where Congress has a million projects to allocate federal funds to; museums should be continuing to receive money to continue inspiring and educating generations of people. Many are non-profit and rely on the generosity of others to stay in business. Museums allow patrons to explore their interests whether it be the Blues, World War II or environmental conservation. Children’s museums can incite a passion for learning and discovery while giving parents a unique experience with their kids. All museums have a place when people are passionate enough to preserve them. I encourage you to advocate locally for your museum on February 24th with hundreds of museum professionals. Let Congress know the importance of funding and preserving museums.

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1220 is on the Move http://www.1220.com/1220-move/ http://www.1220.com/1220-move/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:34:20 +0000 http://www.1220.com/?p=1714 1220 Exhibits adds former Exhibitions Director to Management team Nashville firm 1220 Exhibits, a museum exhibit fabrication company, has hired Ray Leo as one of their Senior Project Managers. Leo comes to 1220 after nearly 28 years at Chicago’s Field Museum serving 15 years as the Exhibition Production and Maintenance Director. Major accomplishments at the Field Museum include A T-Rex Named…

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1220 Exhibits adds former Exhibitions Director to Management team

Nashville firm 1220 Exhibits, a museum exhibit fabrication company, has hired Ray Leo as one of their Senior Project Managers. Leo comes to 1220 after nearly 28 years at Chicago’s Field Museum serving 15 years as the Exhibition Production and Maintenance Director. Major accomplishments at the Field Museum include A T-Rex Named SUE, a 3,000 sq. ft. exhibition of a completed and installed fossil skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, Evolving Planet, a 21,000 sq. ft. exhibition on the evolution of four billion years of life on Earth fabricated in part by 1220 Exhibits and The Ancient Americas, a 14,000 sq. ft. exhibition exploring the ancient civilizations of the Americas. Ray’s extensive experience in the museum industry includes implementing exhibitions with duties of content brainstorming, design direction, scheduling and budgeting of each project, and supervising construction and installation of projects.
“This is a huge win for our company. It allows us to take a different perspective concerning interaction with clients and we can see what the client experiences when working with vendors,” said Senior Vice President Craig Dunn.
1220 has also recently hired Christina Hale as a Museum Services Account Manager who previously worked at the Adventure Science Center. Also coming with the experience of the client’s perspective, Christina is well equipped to lead the development of exhibitions. Christina completed her Master’s degree at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom as well as an internship with the Manchester Art Gallery giving her experience with art handling and preservation.
1220 Exhibits recently finished fabrication of exhibit elements at the Gateway to the Blues Museum and has completed work at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.
With over 100,000 square feet of production facility in Nashville, TN, 1220 provides breakthrough solutions for the fabrication and installation of exhibits, events, and experiences. Past clients range from history museums and nature centers, to sports and music halls of fame. For more information on how 1220 can make your vision a reality, contact 615-333-1220 or visit www.1220.com.
Ray Leo

Christina Hale

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On this day: January 27th http://www.1220.com/day-january-27th/ http://www.1220.com/day-january-27th/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:26:18 +0000 http://www.1220.com/?p=1689 On this day 70 years ago, the Auschwitz concentration camps were liberated by Soviet troops and the United Nations has designated January 27th as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. An estimated 1.1 million people died at Auschwitz with 90% of them being Jews. The International Holocaust Remembrance Day serves to honor the victims lost and to urge educational programs to be…

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On this day 70 years ago, the Auschwitz concentration camps were liberated by Soviet troops and the United Nations has designated January 27th as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. An estimated 1.1 million people died at Auschwitz with 90% of them being Jews.

The International Holocaust Remembrance Day serves to honor the victims lost and to urge educational programs to be developed to prevent future genocide. Museums are built to educate the public and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. and the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City are great places to start. 1220 was honored to fabricate Daring to Resist: Jewish Defiance in the Holocaust in 2007 that told the stories of the Jewish people and their individual and collective acts of resistance to undermine the Nazis. The exhibition is no longer featured in the museum but it was an eye opening project and the stories we read are ones that everyone should hear.

I encourage you to visit this museum or any Jewish history museum to learn more about this important piece of our world’s history.

Museum of Jewish Heritage

Museum of Jewish Heritage

Museum of Jewish Heritage

Museum of Jewish Heritage

Museum of Jewish Heritage

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Be Thankful http://www.1220.com/thankful/ http://www.1220.com/thankful/#comments Wed, 24 Dec 2014 18:00:19 +0000 http://www.1220.com/?p=1625 I have been full of the Christmas spirit the past few days and I am looking forward to the next two weeks with my wonderful family and friends. At 1220, we celebrated by decorating our offices and bringing in breakfast to share. I wore the best ugly Christmas sweater that morning! I’ll rent it to you for five dollars an…

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I have been full of the Christmas spirit the past few days and I am looking forward to the next two weeks with my wonderful family and friends. At 1220, we celebrated by decorating our offices and bringing in breakfast to share. I wore the best ugly Christmas sweater that morning! I’ll rent it to you for five dollars an hour.

In all seriousness, I am thankful for everything I have. My company is thriving and we are set-up to have a great year in 2015. I am thankful for everyone I work with who make this job enjoyable and a fun ride. I’m thankful for my beautiful wife and family whom I love dearly. I’m thankful for my friends near and far. I’m thankful for each relationship I have, whether it’s personal or business. I’m thankful for my good health and wonderful country. I am truly happy right now and am looking forward to two weeks off to spend time with my family.

To everyone reading this, I truly hope you have a wonderful Christmas and spend it with your family. Have a safe New Years and I’ll see you soon.

 

1220 Ugly Sweater Christmas

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Giving Back http://www.1220.com/giving-back/ http://www.1220.com/giving-back/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 18:00:09 +0000 http://www.1220.com/?p=1621 One thing that is extremely important to me is giving back. There are some wonderful stories out there of generous people opening their homes to the less fortunate. Recently I heard one about a man that is homeless with no family and reached out through a radio station’s Facebook asking to spend Thanksgiving with a family. He received an overwhelming…

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One thing that is extremely important to me is giving back. There are some wonderful stories out there of generous people opening their homes to the less fortunate. Recently I heard one about a man that is homeless with no family and reached out through a radio station’s Facebook asking to spend Thanksgiving with a family. He received an overwhelming response and now has a family to spend Christmas with and some folks have even offered him a job. Our country’s people are at odds with each other and we are forgetting the very foundation that has made us a great place to live. More stories like this need to come out. We need to help our less fortunate neighbors. Places like the Second Harvest Food Bank, Salvation Army, homeless shelters and soup kitchens are doing great work but they need our help. I have personally challenged my company to donate 500 cans or boxes to the Second Harvest Food Bank. They said the most needed items right now are canned meats and fish and low salt, canned vegetables. In Nashville, some people have died from sleeping out in the cold. That is unacceptable. With the holidays coming up, people are filled with the Christmas spirit so give to the less fortunate. Or, donate your time. I can tell you these places need volunteers. My wife is a volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank and she tells me all the time how much she enjoys volunteering and everyone there is very appreciative of the help. To whoever reads this, I hope you challenge your company to give to the less fortunate.

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Thanksgiving http://www.1220.com/thanksgiving/ http://www.1220.com/thanksgiving/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:15:02 +0000 http://www.1220.com/?p=1612 There is nothing more important to me than my family. Spending long hours on the road takes a toll on me and seeing the smiling faces of my family when I get home is the greatest gift of all. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because I get to sit back and relax with my wife, kids and their…

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There is nothing more important to me than my family. Spending long hours on the road takes a toll on me and seeing the smiling faces of my family when I get home is the greatest gift of all. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because I get to sit back and relax with my wife, kids and their families and my two German Shepherds. We have a ton of great food, I get to play with my grandkids and we watch a little football. This is what life is all about. I may not even go back to work Monday.

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We are a 1220 Family http://www.1220.com/1220-family/ http://www.1220.com/1220-family/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 18:00:56 +0000 http://www.1220.com/?p=1603 “Sure. We’re creative, innovative, and all those things. But if I had to sum up 1220 in one word it would be love.” Jerry Carden, along with business partner John Cherry, co-founded 1220 in 1972 after recognizing the need for fabrication of exhibit quality elements. Forty-two years later Jerry’s son, Matt, is keeping his father’s vision alive and thriving. 1220 prides…

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“Sure. We’re creative, innovative, and all those things. But if I had to sum up 1220 in one word it would be love.”

Jerry Carden, along with business partner John Cherry, co-founded 1220 in 1972 after recognizing the need for fabrication of exhibit quality elements. Forty-two years later Jerry’s son, Matt, is keeping his father’s vision alive and thriving. 1220 prides itself on its close-knit employees and I truly believe the quality of service is a result of that. When a person is first hired here, they are given a list of people to meet with not only to learn how their job fits in with the company, but to start a relationship with people they will be working with every day. Results have shown this alleviates new job stress and our new hires learn to adapt and thrive quicker in their positions. Every person working here has an open door policy, whether it is to talk about business or life in general. Often times, when in a meeting a personal story will pop into my head that I share with my staff and we like to spend time talking about funny things that happened over the weekend or who lost to who in college football. We like to keep things fun around here with quarterly lunches for employees to relax and catch-up with people they don’t normally see every day. I always look forward to these because the day-to-day can get pretty monotonous, if I’m being honest. On birthdays we like to take that person out to lunch to celebrate and recently celebrated Halloween with a party and Chili cook-off (I was robbed last year). On occasion I will ride my motorcycle with a few of the guys or call in some people to share a funny YouTube video. We work hard to maintain our family atmosphere and take great pride in it. When I first came to 1220, one of the first things I noticed was how fast someone was willing to lend a hand and that is what has kept me here all these years. 1220 found me.

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