A unique firm focused on the creation of museum and gallery exhibitions, MICRONAUT was founded on a passionate interest in artistic expression, museum display, and scholarly interpretation. Bringing diverse skills and over five decades of combined experience to its projects, MICRONAUT specializes in innovative solutions for all aspects of museum-quality exhibitions and publications.


Claudia Bohn-Spector

Claudia is a scholar, writer, and curator with a doctorate in art history from the University of Munich, Germany. A specialist in 20th century American art and culture, she has worked at numerous art institutions in the U.S., including the International Center for Photography, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery in Washington, DC, and the Getty Center in Los Angeles, CA. At the Getty, her responsibilities included the conceptualization, implementation, and overall management of international research projects, conferences, lectures, roundtables, and other programs relating to the Getty’s urban history initiatives in Los Angeles and Latin America. Claudia has organized many fine art exhibitions, most notably Speaking in Tongues: Wallace Berman and Robert Heinecken, 1961-1976 (with Sam Mellon) at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA, and the critically acclaimed survey of Los Angeles photography This Side of Paradise: Body and Landscape in L.A. Photographs (with Jennifer A. Watts) at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA.  

Sam Mellon

Sam is a curator, exhibition designer, and writer with a particular interest in West Coast mid-century art and photography. He obtained his BFA in Fine Art (Photography) from California State University, and he began curating exhibitions in 2008 with Claudia Bohn-Spector. Sam served for 10 years as an exhibitions specialist at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and for 14 years as a senior executive at Curatorial Assistance, an exhibition services firm in Pasadena. He has delivered successful projects for businesses and museums, including Wells Fargo, Sanrio Co. Ltd., Playboy Magazine, the Creative Artist Agency, The Huntington Library, The Pacific Asia Museum, LACMA, The Museum of Tolerance, USC Fisher Museum of Art, The EMP Museum, the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for the Arts and Crafts, and numerous individual artists and collectors. He has contributed essays to MICRONAUT catalogs and has written for the Totah Gallery in New York City.