In 1979, Gerard Eisterhold set out to create an organization that could provide the most effective, direct, and meaningful response to the needs of cultural organizations.
The result is a Kansas City-based team and a nationwide network of associates with broad expertise in the planning and design of innovative interpretive exhibits.
Cary Beattie Maguire
Cary manages the day to day operations of Eisterhold Associates, an opportunity that combines her years of experience in management with her former career in Art Conservation and Preservation.
She has an MA/CAS in the conservation of paintings and objects and is a Professional Associate member of the American Institute for Conservation. In that capacity has worked in museums, private business, and most recently the U.S. Department of State, consulting in Embassies and Consulates overseas.
She furthered the field through an international lecture series presenting American standards of practice in art conservation, archaeology, and cultural heritage to foreign audiences.
Project Manager/ Graphic Designer
Char brings more 17 years of experience in the design profession. Her previous employment as a creative leader at Hallmark, one of the top-10-loved-brands in the United States, crafted her seasoned campaign expertise, which she brings as strategic insight to Eisterhold Associate projects.
Char’s clients have represented a range of industry segments from retail, insurance, financial, customer engagement, employee recognition and wellness engagement, and her projects include complex programs of print, digital, multimedia, video, environmental, and retail products. Proficient communication and collaboration empower her to lead, manage, and support teams to execute compelling projects, on time and on budget.
Char’s passion for innovation development has positioned her to lead cross-functional teams in identifying and exploring trends that drive business strategy and client growth. Char holds a BFA in Visual Communication/Design (with Distinction) from the University of Kansas.
Gerard has been a leader in developing exhibits that connect with diverse audiences for nearly four decades. With solid design schooling and an early background in filmmaking and animation, he has dedicated his career to the field of interpretive design, with a particular focus on museum exhibits, be they artifact/collections driven, story-based (with no existing collections), entertainment-based, or memorial experiences.
He has purposefully structured Eisterhold Associates in a way that allows him to lead each project from inception to installation. In short, the portfolio of Eisterhold Associates is also the portfolio of Gerard Eisterhold.
Director of Communications
Ian has nearly 25 years’ experience in communications. He was an award-winning journalist at such newspapers as The Sacramento Bee, then moved into the public relations and digital space. He led cutting-edge digital communications efforts at the University of Kansas, UC Davis and Princeton University – where he created award-winning social media strategies and policies that remain in use today. He has created digital strategies for small businesses to international brands, always putting users’ needs first.
Meredith has worked for multiple museums and non-profits, including The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, and Charlotte Street Foundation.
She has a background in content strategy, exhibition management, and writes for exhibits, publications, and digital media.
Meredith has a talent for taking historic and contemporary information and translating those sources into compelling writing. She has a passion for bringing information to the public and engaging with challenging, relevant, and unorthodox topics.
Nick's Design Philosophy: User-centered design approach.
Nick's Work Philosophy: Work hard, work smart, treat everyone like a client.
Nick's Life Philosophy: Eat more Thai food, try different beers, play more board games.
The skills he brings to this position stem from many years working as a set fabricator and designer for Broadway productions in New York, several casino interiors, as well as: museums, restaurants, car shows, corporate brand activations, and the occasional rock show. His credentials are his MFA from Yale University and his BFA from Drake University. His degrees focused on design and production at as well as interactive technology and video engineering and design.
Paloma is a recent graduate of George Washington University with a degree in exhibit design, and a background in graphic design and art history. She learned under designers at the Smithsonian and carried that knowledge to her real world experiences.
Paloma has worked in both museum and firm settings. This has given her an understanding of working with not only environments and artifacts but curators and clients as well. She is an artist with a passion for history and creating immersive spaces, so she pursued career that allowed the merging of both.
Sue has over 25 years of experience in the design profession. A registered architect and LEED AP, she brings valuable knowledge of the architectural/engineering profession to the table. This, coupled with her collaborative spirit, energy to solve complex issues, and previous employment with BNIM Architects makes her an ideal fit as a project manager.
She has worked on a variety of projects both large and small ranging from work for the NBA San Antonio Spurs to a project for the Kansas City Ronald McDonald House. Sue also has experience teaching environmental design and architecture at the collegiate level.
Our associates are a collective of professionals with decades of collaborative effort, are a core component of our philosophy, and allow us to design a creative process around your needs.
Together, Eisterhold Associates provide you access to a group of talents unlike anything else in the industry.