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                    Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 47.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Fri, 25 May 2001 06:12:45 +0100
             From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu>
             Subject: AMICO Makes Model Assignments Available

    >> From: Kelly Richmond <Kelly@amico.org>

    Teaching Art Digitally: The Art Museum Image Consortium Offers Model

    AMICO Headquarters; Pittsburgh, PA

    The Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) is pleased to announce that a
    variety of model art history assignments are now available on their public
    web site at http://www.amico.org. AMICO was developed to open up the vast
    hidden collections of art museums to teachers and students of art history.
    The AMICO Library's great strength for teaching is that it does not
    duplicate the teaching canon of an university slide library but augments it
    with tens of thousands of important art objects that do not appear in
    current printed textbooks and monographs. Since the array of entirely new
    material - much of it previously unpublished and unstudied by scholars -
    that is contained in The AMICO LibraryTM can be overwhelming to a new user
    and might require some orientation, these model assignments are designed to
    introduce students and their teachers to the possibilities of this vast
    resource. These models were created by Peter Walsh, a former director of
    publications for the Harvard University Art Museums who has extensive
    knowledge of the use of museum collections in publishing, new technology,
    and teaching. Mr. Walsh writes and speaks frequently on the effects of
    technology on the perception of art and art history, was a guest lecturer
    on image copyright and new technology at Dartmouth College, and is the
    chairman of the Massachusetts Art Commission and the Committee on
    Intellectual Property of the College Art Association.

    After surveying the studio art and art history courses offered by current
    AMICO Library subscribers, Mr. Walsh determined major areas of intersection
    with works described in The AMICO Library. The model assignments he created
    seek to highlight strengths of The AMICO Library as a teaching resource and
    to provide launching points for humanities faculty to see how images and
    information from The AMICO Library could be incorporated in class
    assignments. Mr. Walsh notes, "the depth and breadth of The AMICO Library
    can often be daunting to a newcomer, especially when faculty members are
    presented with works they have never encountered before. The hope of these
    assignments is to help faculty understand the range of works in The AMICO
    Library, as well as how the digital format can really allow them to be
    creative in the ways they structure assignments and incorporate works of
    art into the learning process."

    The assignments may be found at
    http://www.amico.org/univ/sampleAssignments/ . They range from traditional
    compare and contrast exercises to the curation of a virtual exhibition
    based on a chosen theme and a research assignment involving an auction
    purchase, budget management, authenticity, and collections integration and
    growth. "I think that this set of exercises allows educators to see many
    potential uses fro The AMICO Library's richness of content. I can see many
    ways for professors at subscribing institutions to take these templates and
    easily alter them for new subject areas," states Jennifer Trant, Executive
    Director of AMICO. The assignments may be found at
    http://www.amico.org/univ/sampleAssignments/ . Colleen Skidmore, Associate
    Professor in the Department of History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture
    at the University of Alberta, a Testbed participant and current AMICO
    Library subscriber, found, "the model assignments demonstrate how AMICO
    supports more established, traditional, and successful means of teaching
    visual history while showing how instructors can integrate new and
    imaginative approaches that captivate students' interest. I think these
    will encourage both faculty and students to explore the database more
    extensively and add to a comfort level with the materials there."

    Educators are invited to review the model assignments and provide
    suggestions and reports of use to feedback@amico.org. All comments are

    The Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) is an independent non-profit
    corporation with 501 (c) 3 designation from the IRS. Founded in 1997 with
    23 Members, the Consortium today is made up of over 30 major museums in the
    United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. It's an innovative
    collaboration - not seen before in museums - that shares, shapes, and
    standardizes digital information regarding museum collections and enables
    its educational use. Membership is open to any institution with a
    collection of art.

    AMICO Members make annual contributions of multimedia documentation of
    works in their museums' collections. This is regularly compiled and made
    available as The AMICO LibraryTM to universities, colleges, schools, and
    public libraries. The 2001-2002 edition of The AMICO Library will document
    approximately 75,000 different works of art, from prehistoric goddess
    figures to contemporary installations. More than simply an image database,
    works in The AMICO Library are fully documented and may also include
    curatorial text about the artwork, detailed provenance information,
    multiple views of the work itself, and other related multimedia.

    The AMICO Library is accessible over secure networks to institutional
    subscribers including universities, colleges, libraries, schools, and
    museums, and is now accessible by over 2 million users, including faculty,
    students, teachers, staff, and researchers. Educational institutions may
    subscribe to The AMICO Library by contacting one of its distributors. These
    include the Research Libraries Group (RLG), the Ohio Library and
    Information Network (OhioLINK), Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network
    (SCRAN), and other new distributor options available for the fall. A
    subscription to The AMICO Library provides a license to use works for a
    broad range of educational purposes. Potential subscribers may preview a
    Thumbnail Catalog of The AMICO Library, get further information and request
    a free, 30-day trial to the subscriber version of The AMICO Library at

    Jennifer Trant
    Executive Director
    Art Museum Image Consortium
    Phone (412) 422 8533
    Email: info@amico.org
    Kelly Richmond
    Communications Director
    Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO)
    2008 Murray Ave, Suite D
    Pittsburgh, PA 15217 USA
    phone: +1 412 422 8533
    fax: +1 412 422 8594

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