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June 8, 2015

Introducing the Artstor Digital Library User Advisory Board

Artstor has named the 30 community members of the new Artstor Digital Library User Advisory Board. The members represent a variety of areas of our user community and will gather online three times a year to identify critical issues regarding new tools, features, and functionality of the Digital Library and provide recommendations for improvement.

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June 3, 2015

The other Turner

He was only eighteen years old, yet William Turner’s watercolors were already praised in print as follows: “By dint of his superior art he has rolled such clouds over these landscapes as has given to a flat country an equal grandeur with mountain scenery, while they fully account for the striking and natural effects of […]

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May 21, 2015

La Española: the earliest recorded Blacks in the Colonial Americas

La Española, the island now divided into the Dominican Republic and the Republic of Haiti, existed first as a Spanish colony during the entire sixteenth century, when its population became the first one in the Americas with a majority of people of African descent. The Black ancestors of today’s Dominicans were the first to experience […]

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May 4, 2015

No longer scandalous: Manet in America

Édouard Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass was the scandal of the year in France when it was exhibited in the 1863 Salon des Refusés, and Olympia was greeted with the same shock and indignation in the Paris Salon of 1865 (a journalist wrote, “If the canvas of the Olympia was not destroyed, it is only […]

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May 1, 2015

Artstor Awarded IMLS Grant for DPLA Museum Hub

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded Artstor and five collaborating institutions a three-year National Leadership Grant, with an award of $749,418. The funds will be used to support the development of free software to enable museums to contribute digital image collections for open access through the Digital Public Library of America […]

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May 1, 2015

Game of Thrones and the House of Artstor

Yes, of course we’re watching Game of Thrones. The TV series based on a still unfinished (!) series of books by George R. R. Martin brings a new meaning to the word epic. With more than 40 main cast members and complicated storylines for each, it’s a wonder anyone can keep track of what’s going on. […]

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April 20, 2015

Help other faculty use images in teaching

Have you heard about Artstor’s Curriculum Guides project? Instructors around the world are curating sets of images from the Digital Library as an aid in teaching a variety of subjects. Would you like to share your work with colleagues at institutions around the world? We are looking for faculty collaborators who teach in areas such […]

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April 15, 2015

Taking our time: Artstor’s first Slow Art Day

We recently wrote about Slow Art Day, and were quite happy to finally try it ourselves this past weekend. To recap, a recent study estimated that museumgoers spend an average of just 17 seconds looking at an individual artwork. To combat this habit, Phil Terry, CEO of Collaborative Gain, started a movement in which a volunteer host […]

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