About Gerard Eisterhold
As a known and respected leader in the field, Eisterhold demonstrates a commitment to industry leadership and innovation, and regularly contributes to ongoing industry education. Recently he participated with Art Molella, former Director of the Smithsonian Lemelson Center, in a class on Innovation in Exhibit Design at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Mr. Eisterhold collaborated in planning the agenda and speakers for “Re-envisioning Exhibition Design,” a series of design centric, international summits addressing the changes in the practice and teaching of exhibition design. Mr. Eisterhold has maintained his connection with the Smithsonian by establishing a memorial internship for Benjamin Lawless, former head of exhibits at the Smithsonian, who also served as Eisterhold Associates’s Vice-President from 1983 until 2013.
In desiring to deploy much-needed information beyond the bounds of the project-based strictures of the Exhibit Design profession, Mr. Eisterhold created a nonprofit 501c3, ContemPlace, which is devoted to creating immersive and transformative learning opportunities focused on enhancing fundamental skills, such as data-literacy and critical thinking, across multiple platforms, be they physical or digital. These undertakings are rooted in his belief that exhibition and interpretive design will play an increasingly important role in the future of learning in America.
Mr. Eisterhold is also the owner and chief winemaker of Terra Vox Vineyards, which is dedicated to raising awareness of the heritage and potential of North America’s native grapes. To this end, Mr. Eisterhold is committed to follow in the footsteps of the renowned viticulturist Thomas Volney Munson, who brought American Heritage Grapes to the world’s attention. At Vox Vineyards, Eisterhold is continuing Munson’s journey by cultivating over forty native varieties in his quest to discover the unique flavors that American Heritage Grapes bring to wine.
Mr. Eisterhold holds a BFA in Design from the Kansas City Art Institute, is a board member of the Disney Hometown project, the Missouri Governor’s Agritourism Advisory Council, and a founding board member of the Highway 36 Alliance, which develops multi-site themed interpretations along Missouri’s northern tier.