Richard Bentham is an exhibit designer at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and executive director of DC Design Week 2021. Presently, he’s working on Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight, an exhibition scheduled to open early 2022. Prior to this, Richard worked for six years as an exhibit designer for the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, one of the most visited museums in the country. He was the lead exhibit designer on several projects, including Outside the Spacecraft: 50 Years of Extra-Vehicular Activity (resulting in a Bronze AAM team MUSE award) and Art of the Airport Towers. He was also the lead designer for the branding of Space Shuttle Discovery’s celebration and final flight over Washington D.C.
Richard was a guest on the Revision Path Podcast and the äntrepõ Podcast on Full Service Radio and a panelist for AIGA: The Future of Museum Design. He holds a Masters of Arts in Interior Design from Marymount University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Washington. His downtime is mostly spent with his church community, husband, family, and friends having thoughtful conversations, eating, laughing, and challenging each other to be better people.