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Tennessee projects propel 1220 forward

02/16/2015 8:35 PM | Ken Mayes (Administrator)

1220 opens several exhibitions in Tennessee in recent years

Nashville based 1220 Exhibits has completed exhibitions for multiple museums across the state of Tennessee with the most recent two years seeing the museum exhibit fabrication company opening a new museum and completing several renovation and update projects.

Working with TAM member museums has always been important to 1220. We take immense pride in working with museums and sharing their personal stories in our home state; we learn something from each diverse project ranging from the new multi-generational exhibits at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum which opened In April 2014, to the renovation of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis in April 2014, to the opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol in August 2014.

Through an ongoing relationship with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 1220 has fabricated and installed seventeen exhibits since their relocationin 2001; the most recent being Kenny Rogers: Through the Years sharing the story of Rogers’ life as a musician, photographer and author.  

1220 is currently partnering with the museum in the creation of Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City opening March 27, 2015. In every exhibition, 1220’s Artifact Specialist will meet with the museum to determine exhibition goals to meet the high standards for which the museum is known. In addition, 1220 provides yearly updates to the Hall of Fame and services elements of exhibits as they are needed.

Opened in April 2014, 1220 completed the renovation and expansion of 16,000 square feet of new interpretive exhibits at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. 1220 had previously worked with the museum building exhibits in the Legacy Building where James Earl Ray allegedly shot Martin Luther King Jr. For the recent renovation, 1220 worked with the museum and designer, Howard + Revis Design, to collaborate on fabrication design intent. Museum officials visited 1220’s offices to view samples and prototypes including interactive media that shared personal accounts of the Civil Rights Movement.

Reopened in August 2014, the Smithsonian affiliated Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol shares the story of the 1927 Bristol Sessions and the music that forever changed and enhanced the popularity of country music. The museum features 12,000 square feet of exhibits fabricated and installed by 1220 on two floors including music mixing & listening stations and theater experiences. 1220 worked with the museum and designer studioMUSarx as a team to decide on fabrication details and schedule. 1220 submitted samples of exhibit element pieces to the museum and held calls to discuss project updates and changes the client wanted to make to the design. 

In addition to the previously highlighted projects in Tennessee, 1220 has completed work at the Tennessee State Museum, Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, Swift Memorial College Museum, Alex Haley Interpretive Center, Creative Discovery Museum, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Songwriters Hall of Fame, Harpeth Hall, Montgomery Bell Academy, Cheekwood Botanical Garden, Pope John Paul II High School, Frist Center for the Visual Arts and Fort Defiance Visitors Center.

Each project 1220 undertakes is unique in its project requirements, resulting in 1220 developing an individual plan to approach each project. Client satisfaction that their vision has been realized is of

the utmost importance and 1220 works tirelessly to meet this goal, resulting in satisfied and repeat clients.

Since 1972, 1220 has provided breakthrough solutions for the production and installation of exhibits, environments and events. Our vast and varied array of work is evidence of the successful relationships we create with our clients who include museum professionals, designers, universities, architectural firms and general contractors.

Our 100,000 square foot production facility is equipped with wood, metal, paint, scenic, acrylic, graphics, electromechanical and AV studios. With 99 employees ranging from project managers and technical detailers, to craftsman and artifact specialists, we truly offer full-service exhibit solutions. Our team has successfully completed the fabrication and installation of exhibits for history, science and children’s museums; sports and entertainment halls of fame, visitor and nature centers; temporary and traveling exhibits, and numerous events throughout the nation.

For more information on the services 1220 can provide your museum, contact Craig Dunn or Valerie King at (615) 333-1220. Additional project portfolio information can be found on www.1220.com.



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