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My name is Emma Thorne-Christy and I am a dreamer with a doer heart. I'm that rare artist with a knack for project management, and I've honed these skills into a career as a museum exhibition designer.

My studio, ETCxDesign, works with museums, libraries, and cultural centers to design immersive environments for social impact. Our work focuses on telling stories in three-dimensional space beyond the book on a wall. We center creating meaningful learning environments and experiences of connection over trendy spectacles.​

The studio based in Los Angeles, California.

Emma Thorne-Christy portrait



  • Museum exhibitions

  • Environmental graphics

  • Wayfinding

  • Donor recognition walls

  • Informal learning environments

  • Immersive environments


  • Exhibition design

  • Spatial design 

  • Graphic design 

  • Gallery furniture and prop design

  • Interactive and participatory design

  • Lighting design

  • Project management

  • Installation oversight


Our studio approaches each exhibition as a unique endeavor, requiring a customized team to create a memorable visitor experience.

Studio director Emma Thorne-Christy curates a specialized team of consultants and collaborators for your project, guided by the size, scale and needs of the exhibition.

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