Art and academia merge
New uses for the museum
University Art Museum Director Diane Butler is promoting the museum as a resource for all disciplines:
The Kenneth C. Lindsay Museum Study Room is a flexible area for teaching, research and outreach. The room, which seats 20, allows prints from the permanent collection to be shown on print rails for class discussion or to be displayed in cabinets for longer periods. These temporary installations allow students to study on their own time.
A visual storage area will highlight many pieces from the permanent collection. Traditional labels will be eliminated in lieu of handheld electronic tablets that will provide basic information in addition to brief descriptions written by undergraduate students from their particular disciplinary perspective (such as religion, chemistry or art history).
A Web-based searchable database is being developed to catalog the more than 3,000 pieces in the permanent collection. The goal is to integrate the new database with the University library’s in order to expand student and faculty research opportunities to include objects from the museum’s collection.