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Mia Schillace-Nelson

Creative Director,

Lead Project Administrator

Mia’s career in the museum industry began at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, IL. Working in the Exhibits Department, she learned the ins and outs of not only exhibition development and production, but also of the intricacies of hosting and touring temporary exhibitions. This work gave her access to anthropologists, scientists, and other specialists in their field, both locally and internationally, and offered a collaborative approach to developing exhibitions. After moving to Minneapolis in 1999, she began her focus on developing exhibitions as an independent business owner, and is a Co-founder of Outhouse Exhibit Services. Her role as Creative Director encompasses exhibit development, design direction, and project management. She is the main Client Contact for all projects.

Paul E. Nelson

Chief Operating Officer

Production Manager

Paul began his career in construction at an early age, and has more than 35 years’ experience in all aspects of carpentry. His fascination for the natural world led him to a career building exhibits for zoos, museums and other institutions. A co-founder of Outhouse Exhibit Services, Paul is instrumental in implementing all concepts and designs, acts as a stopgap as he manages production deadlines and budgets, and prides himself on creating indestructible one-of-a-kind visitor experiences.  

Established in 2003, our work has allowed us to connect with tens of thousands of museum visitors. We strive to make meaningful and engaging experiences for visitors of all ages, ones that foster inquiry and empathy for the world at large. Our exhibit work draws from traditional, hands-on artisanal inspiration and blend this with the latest in technology and multimedia. Your visitors enter a complex yet accessible exhibit experience, and leave with new knowledge to take to their daily lives.​
We Could Not Do It Alone.
Our collaborative spirit extends to our colleagues and creative partners, a spirit that carries over into our projects and relationships with all project stakeholders from start to finish.
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