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NEW ADDITION: Ji Hea Kim, Exhibit Designer

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We’re delighted to announce the addition of Ji Hea Kim to our team.

Ji Hea brings a dedicated, inventive approach to exhibit design and a passion for exploring diverse, cutting-edge design solutions.

She earned a BFA in Visual Communication and Multimedia/Animation Design from the Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea. Recently, she completed her MFA in Museum Exhibition Planning and Design at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

In 2013, Ji Hea won both the Museum Exhibition Planning & Design Award and the Museum Study Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Prior to joining Solid Light, Ji Hea worked as a graphic designer in Seoul, South Korea. Among her clients were the Korea Culture and Tourism Institute (KCTI), The Korean Culture and Arts Foundation (KCAF), the GyeongGi Cultural Foundation, The Humanist, and Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH). In the United States, between 2011 and 2012, she worked as an exhibit design intern for the Fireman’s Hall Museum and The Philadelphia Zoo.

“I am so happy to be a part of Solid Light. Everyone is so nice and the projects are really interesting.” — Ji Hea Kim

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Cynthia Featured in “Snapshots”

Cynthia Torp

Periodically, the Courier-Journal selects a Louisville-area business owner to feature in its “Snapshots of People at Work” segment. Cynthia is featured this month; however, the article isn’t yet available online. In the meantime, here is the full text:


Cynthia Torp, designs to meet many needs

Cynthia Torp, is president of Solid Light Inc., 438 S. Third St., (502) 562-0060 or She has a degree in fine art from Indiana University Southeast.

Illustrator: “I owned Cynthia Torp Studio for nearly 20 years, working as a commercial illustrator and designer. I was fortunate to produce work for many Fortune 500 companies. … I was the official illustrator for the California Raisin campaign throughout its eight-year run and I worked briefly for Bittners, heading up the commercial environmental graphics division prior to founding Solid Light in 1999.”

Disciplines: “We provide design and build services to museums, visitor centers, educational institutions and corporations, ranging from small nonprofit organizations to multinational corporations. Our work involves a wide array of disciplines, including graphic and 3D design, architecture, multimedia, research, writing, project management and fabrication supervision.”

Vision: “I really enjoy working with highly creative, driven people who are passionate about the artistry of their work.

That has been a constant source of joy for me: collaborating with my team and especially our clients, who are always equally passionate about sharing their stories with the public. … Because our day-to-day work is usually very detail-oriented, I try to keep both eyes on the overall vision of every project, which is extremely critical to making sure the final product exceeds our clients’ expectations.”

Surprise: “At Maker’s Mark Distillery, we wanted to feature the Samuels family in their tour program, but we also wanted to give visitors a surprise. So we came up with the ‘Portrait Gallery,’ which features photos of the family that seem still at first, but actually come alive and start talking to you.

The idea was to communicate the story of how Maker’s Mark developed its brand, with the family portraits actually explaining its origins and evolution. … We had real family photos to work from, but there were obvious challenges: How do we animate a still photograph? How do we disguise a video screen to make it seem like a framed photograph? How do we create a positive ‘surprise’ experience and not a confusing one? … The result was a remarkable experience — everyone seems to remember and talk about the gallery because it’s so unexpected and genuinely fun.”

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NEW ADDITION: Mary Kate Lindsey, Project Manager

Mary Kate Lindsey

We’re pleased to welcome Mary Kate Lindsey to the Solid Light team.

Mary Kate brings a focused approach to client relations, project management, and innovation in strategic business planning and fund development.

Previously, she owned and operated a successful consulting firm specializing in project management, capacity building, fund development, and strategic marketing initiatives for non-profit organizations. Her client list included Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Healthcare, Women 4 Women, The Kentucky Foundation for Women, and University of Louisville.

Mary Kate is a graduate of the University of Louisville with a B.A. in Political Science. She has served on various community boards, including Alliance for Girls and the Kentucky Nonprofit Advisory Council, and is a member of Louisville Public Media, Greater Louisville, Inc., Young Professionals Association of Louisville, and The Kentucky Nonprofit Network, among other organizations.

“I couldn’t be happier. This is a great group and I’m thrilled to be working on some really impressive projects.” — Mary Kate Lindsey

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Cynthia Featured in “Todays Woman”

This month, Cynthia is featured in Todays Woman, where she offers her tried-and-true “survival skills.”

Check it out!

Cynthia in "Todays Woman"

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KDA Brings the Bourbon Trail to Louisville


Finally, bourbon lovers will have an official destination in Louisville.

This week, the Kentucky Distillers Association (KDA) announced the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience’s place on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. We’re thrilled to be partnered with Heaven Hill on this flagship effort to revitalize Louisville’s “Whiskey Row” and harness the enthusiasm for bourbon that’s already a staple of the city.

Here’s a WDRB featurette on the event, which took place at the forthcoming Evan Williams Bourbon Experience building on Main Street. And be sure to check out the Courier-Journal’s video walkthrough of the still-in-development project led by Heaven Hill’s Corporate Communications director, Larry Kass.

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Bringing a Runaway Slave To Life


Last night, storyteller Khabir Shareef portrayed Alexander McClure, the fugitive slave who in 1860 attempted to escape his bonds by shipped himself from Nashville, TN to places north in a cramped 3′ by 2′ box, only to be discovered in tiny Seymour, IN.

Shareef’s performance was a huge hit with everyone who attended the opening of the Jackson County Visitors Center’s new exhibit.

Check out our previous blog post on the new exhibit for more information and photos.

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Delta Blues Museum Honored With National Merit Award


This week, the Delta Blues Museum received the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service—the nation’s highest honor in educational service to the community. The award was presented to Shelley Ritter, the museum’s executive director, by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and First Lady Michelle Obama in a special White House ceremony. Congrats to Shelley and all the museum staff!

For the official IMLS press release, CLICK HERE.

Currently, Solid Light is working with the Delta Blues Museum to improve and expand its current exhibits. Take a look at the museum’s “Deeper Roots” Campaign for concept renders of the forthcoming new exhibits, which will surely make for an unforgettable Blues experience in the heart of the Delta.


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JUST OPENED: Kentucky Derby Museum “Infield” Experience

KDM "Infield" Experience

KDM "Infield" Experience

Just in time for the 139th running of “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” the Kentucky Derby Museum and Solid Light opened “The Infield” Visitor Experience, a temporary exhibit celebrating the history of “the most festive 26 acres in sports”—the infamous Infield. We’re so proud of the final product and we know the Kentucky Derby Museum is, too.

Check out our project page for a bit more information and make sure you take a look at the photos below!

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KDM "Infield"  KDM "Infield"

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JUST OPENED: Jackson County Visitors Center

Jackson County Visitors Center

The Reno Gang. The Tuskegee Airmen. John Mellencamp.

Jackson County, Indiana might seem like a sleepy place at first glance, with its farms and small town flavor. But it turns out some truly fascinating history has been made there.

It became the site of the world’s first moving train robbery in 1866. In 1945, it made national headlines when members of the famed Tuskegee Airmen stood against unfair treatment from white officers. And of course, Jackson County is the hometown (and inspiration) of a world-famous Grammy-winning rock star.

The exhibit was originally going to occupy just a few display cases, but we quickly realized it wouldn’t be enough. So we used the natural architecture of the Southern Indiana Freight house to build a comprehensive and totally modular exhibit that honors Jackson County’s incredible story and allows continued flexibility of this multipurpose space.

The exhibit opens to the public next Wednesday, May 15.

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Jackson County Visitors Center  Jackson County Visitors Center

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SNEAK PEEK: We’re At the Finish Line!

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The Kentucky Derby isn’t all about just pageantry and prestige. Anybody who’s been to Churchill Downs for the Run for the Roses knows all about the infamous Infield and its ocean of wild and drunken party-goers. This year, the Kentucky Derby Museum hired us to design a temporary exhibit that honors, well… the more “colorful” examples of the Infield’s Derby Day delights.

Hope you enjoy this little peek at the exhibit, which opens later this month. (And you know it wouldn’t be complete without at least one Port-A-Let.)

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