Carol Fraley – President, Phil Fraley Productions, Inc.
Phil Fraley Productions (PFP) is a museum exhibit fabrication company comprised of a cohesive group of creative professionals who build natural history exhibits that are both scientifically accurate and visually engaging. We are best known for our innovative dinosaur fossil mounts comprised of hand-forged armatures that securely and beautifully cradle each bone. Our multi-faceted skill set includes expertise in a variety of processes, which range in scale from the detailed modeling of insects, to the complete design, fabrication and installation of dioramas and murals.
As a specialized group, our work is performed in cooperation with many others including architects, designers, construction companies, curatorial staff and museum administrators. We utilize drawings, photographs, mockups and models to facilitate an ongoing collaborative process. We place importance on research, development and working with the client throughout all phases of the project. In all matters related to the museum’s collections, we consult and collaborate with the scientific staff as well as the preparation and conservation personnel. We share the scientific community’s concern for the protection and integrity of specimens that are entrusted to our care.
Phil Fraley has over thirty years of museum exhibit experience, including nine years at the American Museum of Natural History. In his position as Coordinator of Mounting and Specimen Restoration for the Fossil Halls Renovation Project, Phil recruited and trained a team of artisans who disarticulated, moved, revised and remounted the majority of fossil specimens in the Dinosaur Halls. After the Fossil Halls Renovation Project was completed, Phil continued at the American Museum of Natural History as Project Manager of Special Exhibitions managing aspects of two major exhibit projects—the Hall of Biodiversity and the Hall of Planet Earth. Our senior staff members also have many years of experience in the design and fabrication of museum exhibitions—some worked with Phil on the Fossil Halls Renovation Project, and others joined our team after many years spent working for other museum institutions.
Established in 1999, our first major company project was the creation of a full skeletal mount for Sue—the Field Museum’s well-known T.rexfossil. In 2005, Carol Fraley became President of the company, and PFP is certified by the National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC) as a woman-owned business. Our fully-staffed studio is located in a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA.
Recent projects include preparation, restoration, conservation, and mounting of specimens for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, TX; preparation, restoration, conservation, and mounting of specimens for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County; restoration and remounting of the Marshalls Creek Mastodont as well as the design and fabrication of a large Triassic diorama for the State Museum of Pennsylvania; and the remounting of fossil specimens for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Dinosaurs in Their Time exhibit.
Phil Fraley Productions, Inc.
614 Braddock Ave
Turtle Creek, PA 15145-2068