Bluewater Studio Services

Offering Clients & Design Partners
More Than 30 Years Of Experience

Bluewater Studio, is a unique business unit at Bluewater. Bluewater Studio offers clients, architects, design partners, and museum and cultural institutions a full range of essential services for creating and producing Environments and Exhibitions including project planning, design-assist, and design-build partnerships, media & technology solutions, diverse fabrication, and installation.

Supported by Bluewater, a vigorous and dynamic organization, Bluewater Studio delivers exceptional leadership, innovative project solutions, and highly successful outcomes.


Successful exhibits and environments demand careful planning and dedicated management. Every project is based on best practices and processes that are highly organized and communicated and overseen by the Bluewater Studio team from start to completion. Above all, Bluewater Studio institutes and nurtures ongoing creative collaborations at every level.


Bluewater Studio can lead or provide clients and design partners with as much support as they need when they need it. Experienced in both Design-Assist and Design-Build Partnership approaches, we contribute innovative strategies that illuminate, support, and advance project decision-making and successful outcomes.


With a history of productive collaboration, Bluewater Studio has led and successfully executed projects of varied size, complexity, and diversity – nationally and internationally. Our knowledge and experience with a wide range of materials, fabrication processes, and graphic techniques, assures clients and design partners of a range of solutions to meet their project’s creative, budgetary, and schedule goals. Known for high-quality fabrication and a keen sensitivity to design, we take on complex undertakings using a wide variety of methods and strategies executed in alignment with high design and client expectations.


Bluewater Studio provides cutting-edge media solutions that are woven into the fabric of every project right from the start. The Bluewater Studio team has deep expertise in integrating design, production, and technological solutions and knows how to use just the right resources to enhance every story. We have an array of in-house media and technology resources and solutions for every project.

“I have had the privilege to work with the team at Bluewater studio on many exhibition projects. Their team always keeps the projects focused and on track with fantastic results.”

James Bruer, PrincipalWeatherston Bruer Associates

“…incredibly effective exhibit producer, a collaborative communicator, and tightly focused on meeting client expectations while taking into consideration the unique needs of each project…. Creative, resourceful, trustworthy and able to solve complex design challenges by leveraging the expertise of all team members.”

Mary Trieschmann, Principal ConsultantTrieschmann Exhibit Development

“Working with Erich Zuern was a great experience… there was always great communication, great ideas, and the result is a fabulous exhibit.“

Stefanie Kohn, CuratorNational Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

“Thanks, BW team, this is the most amazing corporate branding install that I have seen. The creativity, communication, cooperation, and teamwork were truly enjoyable, and the end-product spectacular.”

Bob Klinger, LEED AP Vice PresidentJLL

“Bluewater Studio has separated your team from our pool of other partners. This distinction is due to your impressive attention to this project, general ease of working with you and your final quality product. A sincere thank you from your friends at Kahler Slater.”

Tony LaPorte, Environmental Branding Team Leader

“Jim Hungerford, Erich Zuern, and Jim Gould are experts in the world of museum exhibitions based on years of experience and keen understanding of the central role culture plays in society today. They’re creative, collaborative, and delivery-oriented.”

Maria Piacente, Vice President ExhibitionsLord Cultural Resources

"I could not be more impressed with the whole team's professionalism and collegiality. They have knocked it out of the park so far!"

Rick Woten, Ph.D.IHHC Director

"The end product was superior, transformative and highly reflective of the industry we represent in a unique and impactful way. From design to install, the Bluewater team was creative, meticulous, highly attentive and customer focused."

Judy Gaus, Vice President - HR & OperationsAssociation of Equipment Manufacturers

"The Bluewater team provided a transparent, organized, and collaborative interactive development process. This marquee attraction, has helped our new exhibit quickly become one of the Adler’s most popular."

Michael Stellfox, Project ManagerAdler Planetarium

"Please extend a sincere THANK YOU to everyone on the Bluewater Studio Team for making this project a HUGE success! We know it was not easy and appreciate your tenacity in getting this one wrapped up successfully!"


"We were impressed by how carefully they listened to us-to our concerns,
our dreams, and our fears…They shared even complex design concepts in a way that sparked our own creativity and allowed us to feel fully a part of the process."

Julie Huffman-klinkowitz, Collections ManagerCedar Falls Historical Society

"We loved working with Bluewater. All of Bluewater’s team became immediately invested in and excited about the project. The spirit of cooperation and buy-in for the project was remarkable, and it shows in the end-product."

The Bulldog Foundation

"The Bluewater team offered the Bank flexibility to make changes consistent with our reality: budget, schedule and culture. During the project, there was always a personal touch from the Bluewater team and sincere interest in our progress."

Nicole Crooks, Senior Manager - Human Resources, Industrial and External RelationsCentral Bank of Trinidad & Tobago