In the area of art, an exhibition would usually mean a collection of works that have been arranged for public display. The exhibition designer(s) would be responsible for the organization and construction of displays.
Many factors need to be taken into consideration by the designer when preparing for an exhibition. The number of items to be displayed will determine the size of the area needed for the exhibition. Lighting and the means of displaying the works must be considered - will walls, easels, protective cases, climate-controlled conditions, or other considerations based on the type and/or age of the artwork be needed?
The designer may also be responsible for or involved in determining the placement of the objects to be displayed. The order in which the viewers see the pieces may be arranged to present a chronological development of an artist's style, to group objects from similar geographic locations with each other, to display items used for the same purpose, or in other types of organization. The exhibition designer will work closely with the staff of the presenting museum to make many decisions regarding the presentation of the exhibit.