Oberlin’s Namesake

oberlin thumbThe Oberlin community in Ohio is the inheritor of J.F. Oberlin’s belief that an enlightened education is the crucible for social change, a sustainable way of life, and a truly democratic society based on equality and self-sufficiency. The Oberlin College Archives created a multi-media presentation about Oberlin College’s namesake, John Frederick Oberlin and his parish in Alsace, France. Please take a look here.


Behind the Brush: Women of the Pauline Pottery

In the late 19th century, China painting was a popular pastime for women in the United States. Pauline Jacobus founded a pottery studio called “Pauline Pottery” in 1883 that became a thriving business. Women were able to take on a central role in the developing art pottery movement and in turn led to increased education, employment and respect for many. Undergraduate Intern Laura Houston from The University of Wisconsin-Madison created “Behind the Brush: Women of the Pauline Pottery” which brings to light the untold stories of five employees of the Pauline Pottery as well as the story of its founder.

You may see this presentation by clicking here.

Womenof theBrush

Picturing the Story: Narrative Arts and the Stories They Tell

Every work of art has a story to tell, either through image and symbol, or through custom and ritual. These stories can explain the unexplainable, teach a life lesson, or celebrate our common human experiences.  Picturing the Story uses works of art as a springboard for an interdisciplinary approach to culture, environment, language, and learning. Using selected narrative works of world art from the permanent collection of the Memorial Art Gallery, the Pachyderm presentation explores 7 works of art across many cultures and time periods, dating as early as 1500 BCE.

The stories behind the objects are interpreted in a variety of ways and through many different digital media.  You can read or listen to the story or legend told orally, or you can watch an ASL interpreter sign the story.  Historical information about each culture and extensive classroom materials for K-12 educators are also available through the site.

Please take a look at the extensive site at: http://mag.rochester.edu/PicturingTheStory/


E.M. Barron Agate Collection

This Pachyderm presentation displays beautiful images of the Texas Natural Science Center’s Barron Agate Collection. This collection of Mexican agates was generously donated to The University of Texas by Colonel E.M. Barron, and contains some of the best specimens of Mexican agates available.

The Pachyderm presentation allows us to inform viewers about the geologic history and formation of agates, what gives them their unique colors and patterns, and also the many different types of agates that exist.


Viewers may discover the intricacies of agates via the beautiful photographs of our specimens. The entire collection is available for all to see on at the Texas Memorial Museum on The University of Texas at Austin campus.

The Dallas Museum of Art presents Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson creates art using metal, light, color, water, and moss. He heightens our senses and awareness, encouraging us to be actively engaged with the art work. From November 9, 2008 through March 22, 2009, The Dallas Museum of Art hosts the internationally acclaimed exhibition Take your time: Olafur Eliasson. This exhibition gathers works from major public and private collections worldwide and spans Eliasson’s diverse range of artistic production from 1993 to the present, including installations, large-scale immersive environments, freestanding sculpture and photography.

The Dallas presentation of this exhibition, the third U.S. venue of an international tour that Time magazine named one of the best exhibits of the year, will display several of the works previously shown in San Francisco, where the show originated, and New York and will add a new piece to the touring exhibition, The outside of inside (2008), that has yet to be seen in the U.S.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Dallas Museum of Art also produced a web presentation that features the perspectives and reflections of eight North Texas educators on the artworks by Olafur Eliasson.

Pachyderm project no longer available.

The New York Graphic Workshop: 1964 – 1970

In the fall of 2008, the Blanton Museum of Art presented an exhibition titled The New York Graphic Workshop: 1964 – 1970, the first comprehensive presentation of a crucial, yet little-known episode in the history of American and Latin American Conceptual art. Luis Camnitzer, Jose Guillermo Castillo, and Liliana Porter, three young Latin American artists living in New York, founded the New York Graphic Workshop in 1964. They redefined the practice of printmaking by focusing on its fundamentally mechanical and repetitive nature rather than its traditional techniques and aesthetics.

The Blanton is recognized as a leader in the scholarship and presentation of Latin American art, and building on the museum’s 2007 exhibition, The Geometry of Hope, this exhibition further explores the contributions of Latin American artists to the modern and contemporary art historical narrative. Learn more about the New York Graphic Workshop by visiting the interactive presentation.

New York Graphic Workshop

New York Graphic Workshop

Development of a Participatory Learning Environment

Located in the Arts District of downtown Dallas, The Crow Collection is a permanent set of galleries dedicated to the arts and cultures of China, Japan, India and southeast Asia. The museum offers a serene setting for quiet reflection and learning.

The interactive portion of the site brings together information and opinions about Asian art utilizing images of objects in the collection and archival documents. Additionally, the presentation links to a participatory learning environment offered as a part of the education section of the Crow Collection website. Using Web 2.0 tools such as WordPress and Flickr, visitors to the site will be able to choose images and log their own entries. The dialogue created here documents the diversity of insight and perspectives on Asian artistic traditions and cultures.

Defining Character

Defining Character allows elementary students to understand and interpret characters within a narrative story by investigating visual images. As the Sid Richardson Museum primarily contains realistic imagery, there are many possibilities to encourage “defining character” through their collection. The project content provides still and video visual images, text, and audio. As a pre-visit resource, it assists students in building relevant vocabulary, establishing visual points of reference, and thinking critically about the works of art they will see on their trip to the Sid Richardson Museum.

Journey of Pots

The Journey of Pots explores the history and origins of ceramic techniques from raw clay to finished works. Video clips document the step-by-step processes of creating with clay through wheel throwing, slab construction, coil building, and pinch pots. Topics include a kiln tour, an in-depth description of the firing process, and an overview of adding color and decoration through glazing; each process is highlighted by an object in San Angelo Museum of Fine Art’s permanent collection.

Row House Rounds #27

Row House Rounds are a venue to make Project Row House‘s rotating exhibitions into a “living virtual museum.” This project provides a vehicle to preserve the art works displayed in their exhibition space and allows for these exhibitions to be documented and viewed across the country. For their 2007-2008 minigrant project, Project Row Houses created two installations of the Row House Rounds.

For Row House Round #27, Project Row Houses addresses the difficult topics of race and class. In the face of ever-changing demographics, PRH selected artists who would create provocative site-specific works within the Artist Project Houses to spark dialogue outside and throughout the diverse Third Ward Village community. Featured artists include Chuy Benitez, Nancy Bless, Andrew Garrison, Veralisa Hunter, Brendan Fernandes, Lauren Kelley, Susan Plum, Hanalei Ramos, Jiny Ung, and Lauren Woods. Installation shots and profiles of each artist are included.

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