AMICO Press ReleaseArt Museum Image Consortium Announces Three New Members
Art Museum Image Consortium announces three new members:
These prestigious institutions join the twenty-three art museums from Canada and the USA that founded AMICO in the fall of 1997. "This is an unprecedented collaboration among art museums," said Maxwell L. Anderson, Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. "Working together, through the use digital technology, we're able to provide a level of access to our collections that hasn't been available to anyone before." Harry S. Parker, Chairman of AMICO, and Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco concurred: "It has been less than a year since we formed AMICO. In that time, we've made tremendous strides towards achieving our goal of creating the best source for digital information about works of art."
AMICO is a not-for-profit consortium, dedicated to enabling educational use of the multimedia documentation of museum collections. Its members are together creating a digital library that documents their collections, and making it available for educational use. Samuel Sachs, II, the Director of The Frick Collection said, "moving within the consortial structure enables the Frick to forge ahead on its own projects secure in the understanding that our work will mesh with that of other institutions." Patricia Barnett, the Andrew W. Mellon Librarian added, "We'll be able to see much more clearly the inter-relationships between the works of art that we hold and the text and image research collections that document and support them."
Already, in a beta Testbed, university campuses in the USA, Canada and The Netherlands are using the AMICO Library. Almost 20,000 works from 22 AMICO Members are being made available by the Research Libraries Group (RLG) to 18 select university campuses; on each campus, teams of faculty, librarians and students are engaging in research about the changing nature of art and image collections in the digital age.
Musing on the impact of the beta AMICO Library, Jeffery Howe of the Boston College Fine Arts Department, said "This resource is going to change our perspective on the practice of teaching art history, and although I can't foresee all the effects, it will be interesting to see how it affects us during the coming year. ...the selection of images and artists is extensive and well chosen, and with enough unfamiliar works to keep me browsing for hours at a time. I can foresee this collection serving my students well for paper topics and personal enrichment as well as giving them the chance to study the required material."
Background information about the AMICO Consortium (including copies of its agreements, technical specifications), sample AMICO Library records, and a catalog of thumbnail images of all the works in the testbed Library, can be found on the AMICO web site at http://www.amico.org
For further information about the Art Museum Image Consortium, please contact:
Art Museum Image Consortium
2008 Murray Ave, Suite D
Pittsburgh, PA 15217, USA
Phone: 412 422 8533
Fax: 412 422 8594
Membership in AMICO is open to institutions with collections of art. Please see www.amico.org for full details.
The AMICO Library is available through the Research Libraries Group (RLG). If you are a not-for-profit interested in distributing the AMICO Library for educational use, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In June of 2005, the members of the Art Museum Image Consortium voted to dissolve their collaboration. This site remains online for archival reasons.