Colby Museum Announces Online Searchable Art Database
April 28, 2009
The Colby College Museum of Art announces the launch of its new Web Kiosk, a searchable online database. The kiosk features information about more than 6,000 objects from the permanent collection, almost 2,500 of which include digital images. Highlights include the majority of works from The Alex Katz Collection, The Lunder Collection (including the Whistler and Colville Collections), The John Marin Collection and the Terry Winters Collection.
The online database allows the museum to greatly expand its viewing population—from local to international audiences. Visitors can explore the depth of individual collections beyond what is possible during just one museum visit. Visitors will be able to examine works that are in storage or that are otherwise not currently on display. One of the many dynamic features, a zoom tool, allows users to study individual works in great detail.
"This tool will enrich the experience of scholars, teachers and members of the general public," said the museum's Mirken Curator of Education Lauren Lessing. "I hope it will encourage greater visitation to the museum, foster scholarly discussions around the collection and help teachers prepare students for field trips."
The kiosk is part of the museum's recently redesigned Web site, which contains information on exhibitions, public programs and events, educational resources, membership information and press releases. The new Web site allows visitors to schedule a visit, become a member, and to preview upcoming exhibitions and museum events. The site also includes an archive of past exhibitions and events.
Funding for the project was provided by Michael and Sally Gordon, with digitization of the Lunder Collection supported by Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Abedon, Mr. and Mrs. Allan J. Landau, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sage, and the Hon. and Mrs. David B. Slater.
Founded in 1959, the Colby College Museum of Art has built a significant permanent collection, with a focus on American and contemporary art. Selections from this collection are displayed in the museum's 28,000 square feet of exhibition space—one of the largest museums in Maine.
The collection includes areas of extraordinary depth. Major works by American artists John Singleton Copley, Gilbert Stuart, Winslow Homer, Albert Bierstadt, James McNeill Whistler, and William Merritt Chase form part of the historical collection. The modern movement is represented by important works by John Marin, Marsden Hartley, Georgia O'Keeffe, George Bellows, and Rockwell Kent. The museum also features a significant contemporary collection, including works by Chuck Close, Richard Serra, Agnes Martin, Sol LeWitt, Dan Flavin, Kara Walker, Elizabeth Murray, Alex Katz, and Terry Winters. Other areas of the collection include Greek and Roman antiquities, European prints and drawings, American folk art, and early Chinese art.
The Colby College Museum of Art is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and the museum is accessible to people with disabilities. For additional information about the Colby College Museum of Art or to browse the new Web Kiosk, visit www.colby.edu/museum.