Varin Acevedo

Exhibit and Graphic Design for Museums and Trade Show

Functional Resume


11942 Rancho Bernardo Road, Unit G, San Diego, CA 92128

Phone: 858-492-3149   Email: [email protected]



 To create exciting and experiential exhibits that appeal to a diverse audience of differing ages, learning styles and cultural backgrounds.





Establish direction and creative design of all exhibit components. Coordinates all aspects of  exhibits department including budget, fabrication, installation and maintenance, de-installation of exhibit components, graphic design and production of signage and labels. Supervises staff assigned to exhibits department, including interns, volunteers and consultants. Designed and developed traveling exhibition programs. Interfaced with curatorial, development and marketing departments to communicate exhibit goals and issues, and procure grants and funding. Communicated with media and marketing to increase community awareness. Sensitive to artifact conservation and ADA issues. In collaboration with other staff, developed and maintained standards of presentation and accessibility for all installations and public spaces. Managed coordination with outside vendors as required by project scope. Worked closely with preparators, evaluators, tradesmen and curators to ensure timely execution of exhibition projects.             

  • Coronado Museum of Art & History - Director of Exhibits and Graphics
  • Dates Employed: 06/2010 - 07/2011
  • 1100 Orange Ave., Coronado, CA 92118

  • Casa Romantica- Exhibit Specialist and Program Coordinator
  • Dates Employed: 5/2008- 7/2009
  • 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, CA

  • Western Reserve Historical Society- Exhibit Designer and Manager
  • Dates Employed: 02/2001-01/2003
  • 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106            
  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History- Exhibit Designer for Planet e and Gallery of Gems and Jewels
  • Dates Employed: 08/1996- 06/1998
  • Wade Oval Dr., Cleveland, OH 44106
  • Also: See Museum Work under Contract  Design  


Also designed exhibits and properties for The Building for Kids in Wisconsin, A civil rights exhibit titled  'Protest, Prayers and Progress" for the Upland History Museum in Greenville, South Carolina, and the Women’s Museum of California. Exhibit Designer for the Fresno Museum of Art and Science for a variety of exhibit and graphic projects including augmenting traveling exhibits such as “Bob the Builder”, and “Horton Hears a Who.”  Designed Math exhibit based on Mother Goose for The Children's Museum of Cleveland. Completed conceptual design for West Side Children's Museum that included space planning and structural design of all large components. Contract designer through Impact Communications for the design of 1500 sq. ft. permanent exhibit for NASA Glenn Visitor Center, incorporating various interactive components and artifacts to highlight the scientific concepts and significance of Aero Propulsion. Designed extensive renovation of display areas for the Great Lakes Historical Society, including "Shipwreck", "Navigation" and "Shipbuilding". Designed and detailed interactive component for The Midway Museum in San Diego.



Conceptual creative design and rendering of trade show exhibits using custom designed elements and system components. Mastered computer generated renderings for sales presentations in a competitive environment. Designed large format graphics to communicate client’s message and branding. Accompanied marketing consultants on design presentations. Responsibility of all materials, production and services required for the design, fabricating, shipping and assembling trade show exhibits. Communicate with sales, production, vendors and suppliers to manage exhibit construction. Generated production orders and detail drawings for construction and show site assembly. Stay current on cutting edge of trends and styles in the marketplace. Designed trade show exhibits in a freelance capacity for Viatropolis, Skyline, Exhibeo, and World Exhibit Builders.

  • Skyline San Diego - Senior Exhibit Designer
  • Dates Employed: 02/2003-10/2006
  • 6455 Weathers Place, San Diego, CA 92122
  • Ohio Displays - Exhibit Designer and Design Director
  • Dates Employed: 10/1999 - 01/2001
  • 10252 Berea Rd., Cleveland OH, 44102
  • SKyline Tradeshow Marketing - Senior Exhibit Designer
  • Dates Employed: 06/1998-09/1999
  • 6455 Weathers Place, San Diego, CA 92121  
  • Andrews Bartlett/ GES  - Senior Exhibit Designer
  • Dates Employed: 12/1991-09/1994
  • Hudson, OH
  • Gallo Displays- Production Coordinator
  •  Dates Employed: 05/1990-12/1991
  • 1260 E. 38th St., Cleveland OH 44114 
  •  Rogers Display- Junior Exhibit Designer
  •  Dates Employed: 08/1986 - 04/1990
  •  7550 Tyler Rd., Mentor, OH



 Taught Design Principals and Technique, Design Communication and History of Styles in a professionally- geared Interior Design Program in Cooper School of Art (Closed 1984) in Cleveland during the years of 1980-1983. Taught in various adult education programs in Cleveland. Received California Teaching Certificate in 2009 to become a substitute teacher.



  • New York School of Interior Design - Major: Architectural Interior Design    Bachelor of Fine Arts ,1983                          
  • Ohio University - Major: Fine Art                                                                  
  • Cooper School of Art - Major: Commercial Art



  • Exhibit and Display Lighting Seminar- GE Lighting Institute- 1995
  • Trained with Dr. Chandler Screvin, renowned expert,  to study Evaluation and Visitor Centered Label Writing-1996
  • Skyline University -Senior Design Level – 1998, 1999, 2004
  • Photoshop Seminar-2000
  • Attended symposium Motivations, Interactions and Impact: Understanding Audience Experience - 2010
  • sParks “Audience Engagement” lab- 2011



  • Conceptual Concepts
  • 3d Studio Max for producing 3D design presentation concepts
  • Designs experiential exhibits geared towards a broad public appreciation
  • Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for graphic design and production
  • AutoCad  and IronCad for architectural drafting and detailing
  • Manual drafting and rendering
  • Knowledge of construction principles and techniques
  • Able to direct staff with diverse skills towards a common goal
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with tight deadlines



  • Dean's List- New York School of Design
  • Awarded Medal for Excellence in Design- New York School of Design 
  • Exhibit Design won "Best of Show", Texas Pump and Well Show, 1990  
  • Voted "Team Player" of 1994 by Andrews-Bartlett
  • "Best Large Scale Exhibit" presented by Skyline Displays for exhibit designed for Creativity for Kids-1999
  • Member of the East Boulevard Task Force Committee
  • Received two "Best of Show"- Skyline San Diego 
  • Member of San Diego Exhibit Evaluators and Designers (SDEEG)


REFERENCES:   Available on Request