Head of Exhibits, Design, and Digital Media
Roger Topp has been with UA Museum of the North for more than 16 years. Roger came to Fairbanks as a graduate student in physical oceanography. After earning an MS, he pursued an MFA in creative writing and then came directly to the museum. With a background in science and writing, he brings to museum exhibits, design, and digital media production diverse experiences in project management, strategic planning, scientific measurement, video production, computer animation, software and hardware programming, storytelling, and exhibit interpretation. When not working within the collaborative environment of the museum, he can usually be found wood-working, novel writing, or playing badminton.
Exhibit & Graphic Designer
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, building a house, 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.
Assistant Graphic Designer
Many see graphic design as an art form; RJ Mikulski interprets it as a science. In 2008, he enrolled in UAF's biological sciences program with the dream of becoming an orthodontist. Working for the university's Student Activities Office, he found that he had an affinity for design and promotion. Since then, he has worked as a marketing professional and freelancer. As the museum's assistant graphic designer, he looks forward to combining art and science to tell the Alaska story.
Sarah Day was born in Santa Clara, California but grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. She attended CSU Monterey Bay for two years as an environmental science major with an art minor. Since transferring to UAF in 2013, she has made art her major and is pursuing a BFA with a focus in printmaking and painting. After working with the museum as a visitor services attendant for a year and a half, she applied for a position in exhibit production where she sees herself marrying her passion for art with that of species and environmental education and conservation.
Nina Sikes joined the exhibits team in the fall of 2015 to photograph the objects in the Gallery of Alaska. She has been attending school at UAF since 2012 and is well on her way to graduating with a BFA in photography. She grew up in Connecticut, moved to Alberta, Canada for three years, and came to Alaska in 2006. Using film as her medium of choice, she enjoys working in the darkroom.
Coordinator of Exhibitions & Design
Steve Bouta developed exhibitions at the UA Museum of the North for over 30 years until his retirement in 2015. He participated in design development and led the technical implementation for the museum’s expansion, which was completed in 2006. He also designed exhibit furniture for the Inupiat Heritage Center in Barrow and Doyon, Ltd. Headquarters in Fairbanks. Steve’s specialty was in creating solutions for museum displays using off-the-shelf hardware, electronics, and materials. He presented several mount-making workshops at Museums Alaska conferences. Steve migrated from Minnesota and earned a BA in Art with minors in Philosophy and Biology from UAF. He serves as Vice President/Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Play ‘N Learn Corporation and as chair of the Summit Drive Road Service Commission.