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 expertise in:
- Cultural Attractions, Exhibitions, Museums and Public Art.
- Fine Art Asset Masterwork Development, Marketing and Business Management.
- Advertising, Marketing, Publishing and Intellectual Properties.
- Educational Media, Interactive Exhibits, Interpretive Graphics and Architectural Interiors.
Art, design, history and museums have inspired Jeffrey since childhood. By age sixteen, he won a first place at Yale University’s Student Art Show for his oil painting. In college, he spent two years of study with Professor Rudolph F. Zallinger (“The Dinosaur Man”), Artist-in-Residence at Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History.
From 1972 to 1986, Mr. Dering applied his skills in the business sector as Art Director, Designer and Creative Director for for-profit companies and non-profit organizations providing expertise in advertising, marketing, public relations, intellectual properties, new products, special events, architectural interiors, 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, interactive, hands-on, educational, media technologies, such as the “first” educational, full-motion, high-definition, CD-ROM.
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, Russia. This historic international agreement paved the way for Russian museums to independently manage their financial operations; to establish business joint ventures with Western corporations and museums; and, to establish funding opportunities for conservation of art and artifacts, including restoration of the “Golden” State Carriage of Czar Catherine II.
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.
In 1991 Mr. Dering was contracted as Director of Long Range Planning and Exhibitions by Orlando Science Center, Inc. (OSC), Winter Park, FL, 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, design, produce and install 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.
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 management of more than 1,000 Fine Art Asset Masterworks and development of sustainable funding to support 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.
Dering Consultants has provided specialized expertise to private fine art collectors, international museums, government institutions, corporations, architects and the entertainment industry, which have included HHCP Design International, ITEC Entertainment, The Smithsonian Institution, The Vatican Museums, Walt Disney World’s EPCOT and The White House.
In addition, Mr. Dering is a Principal Partner in Artventure Cultural Exhibition Experience producing a series of international cultural exhibition experience tours, which combines historic treasures, contemporary fine art, interactive entertainment media technology and live performances.
Parallel to his consulting careers, Jeffrey continues his lifelong passion as a fine artist and painter.