Trained in the arts, Scott Schmidt pursued his interests in working with materials as a designer and builder. For 25 years Scott owned and operated a business specializing in the design and fabrication of fine furniture, and prototype development services. He came to the Smithsonian to develop and fabricate some unique exhibit casework for the Our Peoples Hall at the National Museum of the American Indian. Finding alignment of his skills and interests with the diversity of museum work, he decided to stay.
Scott currently manages exhibits fabrication at the Smithsonian’s Office of Exhibits Central. This organization provides an array of exhibits services for the Smithsonian community and affiliates: Design and Editing, Project Administration, Graphics, Fabrication, Crating, Model work, Collections Management, and 3D scanning and digitization. Its Special Exhibits Division produces temporary and traveling exhibits.