Collective Conversations with Theresa Papanikolas

Curator of European and American Art at the Honolulu Museum of Art The Honolulu Museum of Art houses a collection of 50,000 works spanning 5,000 years in a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility. Their collection features African art, Asian art, textiles, and European/American art, and includes many works celebrating Hawai’i’s local artists and history. Gallery Systems spoke [...]

Museum Grants Available in 2016

It’s January, a time for resolutions, new beginnings, and checking if any 2016 grants apply to the projects your museum has in the works. To help you get started, grants available in the coming year are listed below. Similar to last year, the impetus behind many of the 2016 grants include supporting projects that connect [...]

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In-house Framing Saves University Museum Thousands

The do-it-yourself craze isn’t just for weekend hobbyists as John Adams, Head of Fabrication at Brigham Young University Museum of Art, can attest. Over a decade ago, the Museum was faced with the challenge of framing art works to the tune of $250,000, but lacked the funds. They decided to do it themselves. That ingenuity [...]

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Dr. James Cuno on the Digitization of Collection Information

The digital world is changing fast, and museums must adapt just as fast to better connect with audiences. By moving collections online, and with the help of social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter, museum visitors can access a large amount of information before they ever step through a museum’s doors. Once through, they [...]

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How Museums are Embracing the Digital Age

Museums as media companies? It may seem like a bit of a stretch, but as museums reposition themselves for our new digital age they are becoming more than physical places to visit. Like never before, museums are throwing open their digital doors to a wider audience and giving virtual visitors a behind-the-scenes look at their [...]

The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation

Using Collections Management Software to Produce an Ambitious Catalogue Raisonné. The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation, in Berkeley, California, is working on a project jointly sponsored by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, to compile a catalogue raisonné of the paintings and works on paper by American artist Richard Diebenkorn. Among the most well-known painters in [...]

A Look at Available Grants in 2015

The right grant at the right time could take your institution to new heights. Below is a list of various government agencies, and the types of projects they are looking to support. All the grant-giving bodies share an interest in projects that help increase public access to, and engagement in collections through tools such as [...]

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