Mark Kesling Founder + CEO, daVinci Pursuit, Indianapolis

Mark Kesling is a pioneering artist and designer in the field of museum education and design for more than 30 years.

He has designed, created and managed major exhibits and installations in museums including The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, The Carnegie Museum, The Exploratorium, and the Children’s Museum of Wilmington.

While at the Museum of Science and Industry, Mark was responsible for leading the museum’s long-range planning efforts to redesign its exhibits and programs. He collaborated with local neighborhood leaders, city leaders, and visionaries from a variety of science and engineering fields throughout North America. He pioneered the early use of mobile computers in exhibit interpretation, developed helium filled vehicles that enabled visitors to see inside planes hanging from the museum’s ceiling, and was successful in updating exhibits for the Navy, coal and food industries.

As the founder and CEO of the daVinci Pursuit, Mark continues to provide leadership through the design of a “museum without walls”. He possesses a unique set of skills, combining art with science in ways that engage learners of all ages. He works with neighborhood, city, institutional, artist and educational partners to create science installations in some of the most neglected neighborhoods in Indianapolis. Mark holds a MS in Science Education from Butler University and a BS in Elementary and Art Education from Indiana University.

In addition to his work with the daVinci Pursuit, Mark is part-time instructor at Butler University in Urban Ecology.