Fort Worth, 19 July 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art has launched an online database comprising more than 7,500 artworks from its permanent collections.
The system will be available for free on the Internet and will feature a myriad of information concerning the museum’s artworks. The project is still under creation, but will soon exhibit 250,000 pieces from the museum, including some that are rarely shown to the public.
The database aims to facilitate research and searches can be effected according to author, title and medium. The system will be of use to students, researchers and art enthusiasts.
It cost $200,000 to set up the database, which was made possible by a donation from National Endowment for the Arts in 2009 and a second by the Institute of Museum and Library Services in 2010. The first endowment enabled the museum to photograph and catalogue the works on paper from its permanent collections, including 7,000 watercolours, engravings and drawings. The second donation enabled the digitisation and cataloguing of more than 25,000 photographs.
Paintings and sculptures have already been digitised and the rest of the collection is expected to be accessible online by the end of the summer. The database of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art is available on www.cartermuseum.org/custom.