American Bittersweet


Willa Cather is one of the most important American novelists of the first half of the twentieth century. Seen as a regional writer for decades since her passing in 1947, critics increasingly identify Cather as a canonical American writer, the peer of authors like Hemingway, Faulkner and Wharton. The newly renovated National Willa Cather Center in Red Cloud, Nebraska, sought to honor and explore the life and legacy of Willa Cather with a permanent introductory exhibit housed in the Moon Block of downtown Red Cloud, a short walk from Cather’s childhood home.

American Bittersweet exhibit custom bookcase

In collaboration with the board and staff of the Willa Cather Foundation, we designed, curated and fabricated an experience that explores and embraces the complexities of Cather’s life and work. From the exhibit’s title to its design and writing, we worked to create a space that would invite visitors to reconsider what they thought they knew about Cather. Custom engineered exhibit cases and label rails were built to allow Foundation staff ease of access, so they can monitor the condition of their priceless collection of Willa Cather artifacts, all while providing an open vista for visitors to explore.

American Bittersweet exhibit desk platform
American Bittersweet exhibit artifact case and pedestal

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It's safe to say this is the biggest bookcase we've ever built.

Posted by Flint Hills Design on Friday, February 3, 2017

More fun stuff coming out of the shop (and the 3D printer) for The Willa Cather Foundation. The exhibit model is starting to take shape and will continue progressing in the upcoming days, weeks, and months.

Posted by Flint Hills Design on Wednesday, January 6, 2016