With a background in design and fine arts, David Mendez started working at the Field Museum in the Animal Kingdom and Nature Walk projects in 1991 building display structures and landforms for our taxidermy collection. Appropriately, he transitioned to the exhibitions mountmaking shop where he would be responsible for designing and creating the armatures displaying many of our collections in permanent and temporary exhibits. As a mountmaking and installations supervisor you can see David's work throughout the museum in Africa, Sue, Evolving Planet, Jades, and most notably the Grainger Hall of Gems. David lead the museum objects installation team on a majority of our traveling exhibitions such as Chocolate, George Washington Carver, and Nature Unleashed where fittingly, he had become Traveling Exhibitions Production Supervisor in 2010.
As Production Supervisor for our traveling exhibitions, David Mendez literally brings the science and nature of the Field Museum to people around the United States and the world. David works closely with our sister institutions by planning, moving, and installing Field Museum exhibits to share our brand of storytelling to those who have not yet visited us here in Chicago. Exhibitions such as "A T.rex Named Sue" and "Chocolate" have toured close to 100 venues spanning over a ten year run, while "George Washington Carver", "Nature Unleashed", and "Mammoths and Mastodons" have helped fill out the Field Museum's diverse potential of exhibitions and show signs of being just as popular.
When he's back in Chicago, David works closely with Marry Hennen in zoology where he volunteers designing, building, and installing peregrine nest boxes throughout the tops of Chicago's buildings and skyscrapers. Nest boxes are built and installed in the fall and revisited in the spring as peregrine chicks have hatched and are ready for banding. David's current volunteer work is with the state of Illinois developing and installing educational graphics along trail lines. These graphic stations will highlight our state's unique and diverse botanical treasures and their necessary role in the Illinois biome.
Check out David's blog to see what he's up to and just how far in the world our exhibits reach.