Brian Wignall has twenty years of experience working with museums, zoos, aquariums and visitor centers as well as state and federal agencies. He has worked in every capacity from concept to completion of facilities, from exhibit design/build, and interpretation to staff hiring and training. With a background in graphic art as well as natural history, Brian has assisted numerous clients in developing strategic layout of new exhibits, as well as developed marketing and and advertising campaigns that have included the creation of Public Service Announcements for television. As an artist, Brian has illustrated twelve identification books on plants and animals for the Western Parks & Monuments Association. As a muralist, Brian has created murals and dioramas all over the United States and Japan for clients ranging from the Los Angeles Zoo to one of the worlds largest aquariums, the Osaka Aquarium. As an Emmy Award winning television producer for PBS television, Brian has created three different nature-based series including “Wonders of the West” currently airing nationally on PBS television. Brian is a recipient of the Conservation Communicator of the Year” Award from the Nevada Wildlife Federation for his work in creating conservation messages through books, exhibits and television.
Julie Wignall received international recognition for the design, creation, and operation of The Mirage Dolphin Habitat and Secret Garden of Siegfried & Roy for Mirage Resorts,where she served as Corporate Director for 13 years. In addition to developing animal exhibits, Julie is well known for her management development and operations practices. She has utilized her innovative strategic planning expertise to benefit museums, aquariums, zoos, conservation groups, schools, and theatre companies. Julie has also received notoriety for her pioneering education programs, which have been translated into many languages and received numerous awards. She served as President of the Southwest Marine Educators Association, provided research for Jacques Cousteau and is a recipient of the “Conservation Educator of the Year”, awarded by the Nevada Wildlife Federation. Julie began her career at The National Aquarium in Washington, DC where she worked on joint projects with the Smithsonian Institution and the National Zoo. Julieʼs attention to detail and knowledge of natural science can be seen in her work as a writer and independent producer for “Wonders of the West”, currently airing nationally on PBS television. Her video segments have also been used by the Smithsonian Ocean Kiosk.