Sarah Wambold

I am a digital media consultant based in Denver. I focus on new media strategy and production for museums and cultural organizations. As an experienced project manager, I work with organizations to identify and align opportunities with institutional priorities, and lead collaborative teams to execute solutions. I am passionate about storytelling, content strategy, and creating robust and scaleable content management systems.

Various projects include website redesigns, site migrations, content management system implementations, website analysis, usability studies, CMS manuals and style guides, microsite projects, email marketing campaign implementations, in-gallery kiosks, educational technology applications, and the production of numerous videos—from artist profiles to exhibition videos to short-form documentaries. Clients include the Clyfford Still Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Denver Botanic Gardens, and the University of Colorado.


Master of Arts Management; Columbia College Chicago; Chicago, IL

Bachelor of Journalism (with Honors); University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Lincoln, NE

H.S. Diploma (Valedictorian); West Point High School; West Point, NE

Employment History

Independent Consultant, 2014–present
Digital media production and strategy for museums and nonprofits. Clients include the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Biennial of the Americas, the University of Colorado Denver, Denver Botanic Gardens, and the Clyfford Still Museum.

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago:

Digital Media Director, 2013
Directed the Digital Media team to produce dynamic, public-facing media for onsite and online distribution. Conceptualized and led digital projects. Established digital strategy, wrote budgets, and managed workflows for multiple, simultaneous projects.

Multimedia Manager, 2010–2013
Managed all web and digital development, and audio/video production. Oversaw digital content production, strategy, and distribution. Accomplishments: Built a successful video production program from the ground up; Delivered front-end overhaul of the MCA website (mcachicago.org); Managed the production of more than 100 audio/video profiles on artists and exhibitions; Developed content, including research/planning, storyboarding, and artist interviews.

Media Relations Program Manager, 2009
Wrote institutional messages and talking points; prepared colleagues for press interviews; and managed photo shoots, film crews, and video production.

Media Relations Coordinator, 2007–2008
Managed publicity for MCA performance programs. Created media plans; wrote and distributed press releases and media alerts; forged and maintained relationships with writers and reporters. Coordinated interviews, and photo and video shoots. Collected, archived, and distributed press clippings; compiled media reports. Maintained content on MCA website.

[C]Spaces, Columbia College Chicago: Collections Manager, 2006–2007
Managed the [C]Spaces art collection and collection-based exhibitions. Served on the Curatorial Review Board. Designed, implemented, and managed the [C]Spaces Artwork Lending Program

Columbia College Chicago, Art + Design Department: Adjunct Faculty, 2005–2006
Taught graphic design software (Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator) and basic design principles to undergraduates.

Lincoln Journal Star: Graphic Designer, 2003–2005
Sole designer for two monthly publications, L Magazine and One Magazine. Coordinated production schedules for niche publications department.

Midland Lutheran College, Department of Art and Art History: Adjunct Faculty, 2005
Taught graphic design software (Photoshop, InDesign, and Freehand) and basic design principles to undergraduates.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Journalism and Mass Communications: Instructor, 2004
Taught graphic design software (Photoshop, QuarkXPress, and Dreamweaver) and basic design and typography to undergraduates.

Joel Sartore Photography, Lincoln, NE: Studio Assistant, 2002–2003
Digitally scanned and color adjusted photo transparencies. Assisted in preparations for National Geographic photo shoots.

Additional Teaching Experience

Columbia College Chicago: Guest Lecturer, 2009–2013
Business of Visual Arts (undergraduate-level course); Museum Management (graduate-level course); Decision Making: Visual Arts Management (undergraduate-level course)

University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Guest Lecturer and Course Builder, 2003
Typography (undergraduate-level course)


Building the car While Driving it: Using agile methodologies for changing project scopes
Museums and the Web 2015 paper and presentation, April 2015

Storytellers: Documentary-style video done well
Museums and the Web 2015 presentation, April 2015


Communication: Writing/editing, AP style, web writing/editing, script writing, interviewing (print/audio/video), public speaking

Hardware/Software: Mac and PC platforms, iPad/iPhone, 35mm SLR camera, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, familiarity with audio/video editing (Adobe Premiere)

Technical: Content strategy; advanced Google Analytics; advanced site analysis including usability evaluations, card sorting, and tree testing; HTML; content management systems; digital asset management systems (Extensis); agile development methodologies; and familiarity with CSS

Volunteer Work

Dinner in White 2015, Denver, CO: Planning Committee, 2015
Digital media strategy, and website design and development for a fundraiser to benefit the Colorado University’s Cancer Research Center.

ThreeWalls Gallery, Chicago, IL: Development Assistant, 2006–2007
Assisted the Executive Director with grant writing and application preparation.

Selected Honors

Panelist, The New Media Revolution: How Arts Organizations Can Thrive in the Digital Age,
The Chicago Community Trust, 2008

AEMMY Visual Arts Special Exhibition Award, Columbia College Chicago, 2007

“Support of the Arts” Mayer’s Arts Award: L Magazine, Lincoln, NE, 2005

Guest Speaker, Nebraska High School Press Association Fall Convention, 2004

Kappa Tau Alpha National Honorary Society, 2003

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