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July 13, 2007

CW's Rick Hadley earns promotion to director of exhibition design and production

Richard J. Hadley, Jr. has been promoted to director of exhibition design and production in the museums division of Colonial Williamsburg.

“The promotion recognizes the broad expanse of Rick’s management responsibilities, including realization of large-scale exhibit planning and execution, direct accountability for significant financial resources, and leadership of a talented staff,” according to Ronald L. Hurst, Carlisle H. Humelsine chief curator and vice president of museums and collections.

Hadley previously served as manager of exhibition design and production and has worked on more than 145 museum exhibitions since joining The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation almost 20 years ago. He had designed several award winning exhibitions, including:

  • “Tools: Working Wood in the 18th-Century,”
  • “Flying Free” and
  • “The Language of Clothing”

    Other recent major projects have been reinstallation of the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum following replacement of the fire suppressant systems and the relocation of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and its 11 new exhibitions.

    “My design focus has been two-fold,” said Hadley. “I strive to respect the integrity of the exhibition’s content while making it accessible to our audiences with engaging and novel design environments. In addition, I try to use graphics innovatively to teach and employ lighting techniques that place Colonial Williamsburg at the forefront of museum design today.”

    Hadley is a member of the National Association for Museum Exhibition, a standing committee of the American Association of Museums. He will continue to report to Carolyn Weekley, Colonial Williamsburg’s Juli Grainger director of museums.

    Prior to joining Colonial Williamsburg, Hadley worked on the exhibitions team at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk.

    Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

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