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Exhibits, Events, and Environments – The Three Es of 1220

At 1220, we pride ourselves on our versatility. We started as an offshoot of a marketing agency, started building tradeshows and morphed into primarily a museum exhibit fabricator. While we are willing to accept almost any challenge, our main focus areas are Exhibits, Events, and Environments. But what do those categories mean? Let’s break it down.


It’s almost exactly what it sounds like. We build museum exhibits. From artifact cases to interactive elements, we’ve built it all. We even design a few from time to time. It sounds straightforward but often there is more thought behind the scenes that you would think. For example, an artifact case might have a graphic backer, a glass door, and possibly some audio visual elements. This could require a technical detailer to draw the case, a CNC operator to cut the wood to build it, a builder to assemble the case, a finisher to paint it, a graphics tech to install the graphic, an artifact specialist to build the mount and install the artifact, and finally an installer on site to complete the case. While it sounds simple, building exhibits requires incredible amounts of time and skill.


Often, we build temporary items that don’t really fit into our Exhibits or Environments categories. We’ve begun to refer to these as events. Events include tradeshows and a new type of project that we fondly refer to as Pop-Ups. Tradeshows were until recently, a bustling industry. They require us to be light on our feet and to move quickly both in the building phase but also installing and breaking down at each show. While COVID greatly decreased the number of tradeshow booths we’ve built lately, it’s still an important part of our project load. Tradeshow booths need to be sturdy and durable but still easy to transport. Pop-Ups tend to last a bit longer both in the build phase and in the time the elements are in use. These projects tend to be semi-permanent and don’t usually travel. This might be something like the Chick-Fil-A Time Shop that was active during the holiday season. Or the AMEX Amazon store. Pop-Ups are a fun mixture between permanent and temporary installs. They require us to use every trick up our sleeves to execute a successful event.


The third category that we usually put projects in is Environments. This is probably our most varied group of projects. It includes things like sports halls of fame(link to Hallas Hall), corporate or school lobby areas(link to Lifeway or Pingry), and even a tv set or two(link to TBN if we have it). Environments are highly varied and are often some of our most loyal customers because they’re often updated yearly(link to Pingry or MBA). Some of our favorite Environments include the Green Bay Packers Sports Hall of Fame, the Beale Street Park catfish, and the Old Forester Distillery lobby.

While our main focus is and will always be museums, the experts at 1220 can build whatever you can dream up.