Beatrice Matkovic Mowry ’79
Exhibits Design Department Chair, Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum
University of Maryland: B.S., Advertising Design
George Washington University: M.F.A., Visual Communication

At GFS, Beatrice was involved in Latin Club, Plant Club, theater and horseback riding. Beatrice graduated from GFS in 1979. She went to Washington University in St. Louis to get an astrophysics degree but after working at NASA her second summer of college, she decided to switch to art. She transferred to the University of Maryland where she started as an intern at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum designing exhibitions. She stayed on at the Museum and graduated from UMD with a B.S. in Advertising Design in 1984. She was hired at the Museum full-time and worked on exhibitions about astronomy, business aviation and exploration. In 1992, she graduated from George Washington University with an M.F.A. in Visual Communication. She has worked at the National Air and Space Museum for the last 42 years and for the last 20 she has been head of the Exhibits Design Department.