Director of Exhibits
Roger Topp has been with UA Museum of the North for nearly 20 years. He came to Fairbanks as a graduate student and earned an MS in physical oceanography and an MFA in creative writing. He brings to museum exhibits diverse experiences in project management, strategic planning, video production, computer animation, and software and hardware programming. At the extremes, he is a six-time state and one time national champion fencer, and a prize-winning slam poet. More typically, he directs UAMN’s exhibition development and travels to write and photograph research fieldwork funded by the likes of the NSF and National Geographic. His short fiction and nonfiction stories have recently appeared in The Maine Review, Dunes Review, Into the Void Magazine, Whiskey Island Magazine, and other journals.
Tamara Martz began working with the exhibits department in 2005 during the museum expansion, designing and constructing over 180 brass mounts to present the museum collections in the new Rose Berry Alaska Art Gallery. After receiving a BFA from Otago School of Art, Dunedin, New Zealand, Tamara moved to Alaska from New Zealand in 2004. As part of the museum’s collaborative exhibits team, she takes the goals for a diverse range of art and science exhibition and design projects and creates cohesive exhibitions that are attractive, educational, and culturally respectful in an immersive museum experience. When not at work, she is dreaming up new jewelry designs and raising a family.
Jonah Wright is Chief Preparator for the exhibits department. While working nearly full time as a student, he helped to implement the museum's expansion, which was completed in 2006. This work included exhibit lighting, furnishings, and the installation of both 2D and 3D art in the Rose Berry Alaska Art and the Special Exhibits galleries. He has a critical eye for detail in finish carpentry and art installations. Jonah has 20 years of carpentry experience, with a desire to create curves in woodworking. He has a BFA in Ceramics with a minor in Native Arts from UAF. When not collaboratively creating exhibit furnishings for the museum he can be found skiing the trails of UAF, camping with his family, or sea kayaking the waters of Alaska.
Chelsea Lombardi is the student assistant for the exhibits department. She is currently working towards a BS in Geoscience with a minor in Art. Chelsea grew up in Connecticut and moved to Fairbanks in 2018. She keeps busy outside of work and school with her husband and their 3 dogs. She enjoys camping, hiking, rock climbing, and taking her dogs on new adventures. When not exploring the outdoors, she creates new watercolor paintings and wood burnings.