Mark McGowan is the art director for the Exhibit Environment and head of the EE Design department with a staff of five artists and designers. He and his staff work with artists, exhibit developers, writers, and scientists to create meaningful environments and clear signage and labels for the hundreds of exhibits on the museum floor. Before joining the Exploratorium, Mark received his undergraduate degree in San Diego in Filmmaking/Photography/Architecture and an MFA in Filmmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute. He has a long history of working in various fields of art, film, and design: as a film editor's apprentice, at an Armed Forces TV station in Seoul, Korea, as art director at a TV station, as an animator at a production company, as graphic designer for an art school, film teacher at the San Francisco Art Institute, teacher of design for artists at the Center for Experimental and Interdisciplinary Arts at San Francisco State University, and as a package and book designer. Since joining the Exploratorium in 1986, Mark has designed signage, posters, books, and publications, including the award-winning and widely-loved Exploratorium Quarterly. He has also been art director and designed many exhibitions for the museum, including Revealing Bodies, awarded Best Museum Exhibition by the American Association of Museums in the year 2000, and exhibitions that have traveled the world. Mark is also a practicing artist with works in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Hirschorn Museum in Washington, DC. His films have been shown at locations in the Unkted States, Europe, and Japan. Currently, Mark is designing and building a handmade house with his wife, Robyn Higdon, on a lovely piece of land in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.