A former Museum Director and Design Director for The National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C., Jeffrey A. Dering is an internationally recognized, award-winning consultant, with more than 40 years of specialized expertise in:
- Cultural-Entertainment Attractions, including Exhibitions, Museums, Science Centers, Historic Sites, Zoos and Aquariums.
- Fine Art Asset Development, Marketing and Business Management of Old Masters to Modern Masters.
- Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Corporations and Private Foundations.
- Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations, Publishing and Licensed Merchandise.
- Design, including Educational Media, Interpretive Graphics, Photography and Architectural Interiors.
Art, design, history and museums have inspired Jeffrey’s life since childhood. By age sixteen, he had won a first place at Yale University’s Student Art Show for his oil painting. During his university years, Jeffrey spent two years of individual study with Pulitzer Award-winner, Professor Rudolph F. Zallinger (“The Dinosaur Man”), Artist-in-Residence at Yale University’s Peabody Museum of Natural History.
From 1972 to 1986, Mr. Dering applied his creative skills in the business sector as Art Director, Senior Project Designer, Creative Director and Vice President for both private and public companies providing expertise in advertising, design, graphics, illustration, marketing, public relations, intellectual properties, new products and special events, as well as architectural interiors, cultural exhibitions and museums.
In 1987, while serving as Museum Director and Design Director for The National Geographic Society, Washington, DC, Mr. Dering produced the GEOGRAPHICA Interactive Science Exhibition for Explorers Hall Museum, pioneering, new, emerging, interactive, hands-on, educational, media technologies, such as the “first” educational, full-motion, high-definition, CD-ROM, now referred to as “DVD”.
In 1989, Mr. Dering negotiated the first, US-USSR Cultural Business Joint Venture between The National Geographic Society and The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg (then “Leningrad”), Russia. This historic international agreement paved the way for Russian (then “Soviet”) museums to independently manage their financial operations; to establish business joint ventures with Western corporations and museums; and, to establish funding opportunities for continued restoration and conservation of art and artifacts, including restoration of the “Golden” State Carriage of Czar Catherine II (with financial support from Federal Express Corporation).
The US-USSR Cultural Business Joint Venture Agreement provided opportunity for Mr. Dering to develop many international, traveling, blockbuster, cultural exhibitions, including the production of the highly acclaimed U.S. tours of Catherine The Great and Nicholas II and Alexandra: Last Czars of Russia.
As a result of his efforts, Mr. Dering was honored in 1989 as first American museum director to be elected to, and serve upon, an active, sitting committee of the Board of Governors of a Russian (then “Soviet”) museum, The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Mr. Dering established himself as an independent consultant in 1991.
- Dering Cultural Attraction Consultants, specializes in development and project management of Cultural Attractions, Exhibitions and Museums, creating innovative solutions for “living & learning” that attract, educate, engage, entertain, inform and inspire.
- Dering Fine Art Consultants, LLC, specializes in development, marketing and business management of Fine Art Assets from Old Masters to Modern Masters, working with private collectors, museums and corporations to manage the process of readying fine art assets for the marketplace and the business of fine art asset financial transactions and investment guidance.
In 1991 Mr. Dering was contracted as Director of Long Range Planning and Exhibitions by Orlando Science Center, Inc. (OSC), Winter Park, FL, in order to produce the master plan for a new, $52 Million, 200,000 sq. ft. science museum and interactive, educational exhibits. Between 1991 and 1996 Mr. Dering developed exhibition concepts, educational requirements and architectural master planning for the new OSC, as well as, designed, produced and installed exhibition halls and exhibit components.
From 1997 to 2014, Mr. Dering served as Cultural Attractions Consultant to Lewelling & Associates, Corona del Mar, CA. Mr. F. Steven Lewelling is former Vice President of Operations for The Walt Disney Company whose career credits include Tokyo Disneyland and Paris Disneyland, as well as, projects for Disneyland International and Universal Theme Park, Osaka, Japan.
From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Dering was contracted as Director of Marketing for The PhilanthArt Foundation, a London-based, private philanthropic foundation, with responsibility for marketing and business management of more than 1,000 Museum-quality Fine Art Assets and development of sustainable funding to support educational, cultural and humanitarian projects.
From 2014 to 2016, Mr. Dering served as Design Project Manager for Delaware North at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitors Center (KSCVC), Kennedy Space Center, FL to develop the New, $22.5 Million, “Heroes and Legends”, United States Astronaut Hall of Fame at KSCVC.
Mr. Dering currently serves as Consulting Senior Producer, Cultural Attractions for ITEC Entertainment, Orlando, Florida, one of the world’s best entertainment design companies, providing comprehensive development services in themed entertainment and cultural attractions worldwide.
Mr. Dering has continued to provide specialized consulting expertise to private fine art collectors, international museums, government institutions, business corporations, architects and the entertainment industry, including HHCP Design International, The Smithsonian Institution, The Vatican Museums, Walt Disney World’s EPCOT and The White House.
In addition, Mr. Dering and Mr. Lewelling are Principal Partners in Artventure Experience, LLC (AVE), which is producing a series of upscale, international, cultural-entertainment exhibition experience tours traveling to ten cities worldwide. First AVE International Tour is titled Kingdom of the Horse™, which combines historic treasures, contemporary fine art, traditional museum presentation techniques, today’s interactive entertainment media technology and live performances. Artventure Experience™ International Tours takes maximum advantage of the combined career expertise of Mr. Dering and Mr. Lewelling in design and development of Cultural Attractions, Exhibitions & Museums, and in development and operation of Mega-Entertainment Attractions.
Parallel to his consulting careers, Jeffrey continues his lifelong passion as a fine artist and painter.