December 1, 2021

Drexel University and Brandywine Workshop and Archives Partner to Expand First Free and Inclusive Database of Contemporary Art From Diverse Artists

From Drexel University:

Drexel University and the Brandywine Workshop and Archives (BWA) have partnered to extend and improve Brandywine’s Artura.org, the nation’s first free online database of contemporary diverse art and artists. A recent $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will fund the project that will be managed by Drexel’s Lenfest Center for Cultural Partnerships with participation from the School of Education and the Arts Administration & Museum Leadership graduate program in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.

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Artura.org includes a digital image library and archive of more than 1,400 prints and works on paper and related educational resources. The grant will support work and staffing required to increase the scale of the Artura.org database by expanding features, quality of content, user experience and audience growth. Targeted audiences include professors, educators and students, artists, art historians, curators and those among the general public who wish to explore the world and its many and diverse cultures through the visual art.

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Key current and pending projects funded by the grant include the production of video interviews with artists whose work is featured in the database, digitizing artwork images and formatting and creating documentation and interpretive materials for collections of works of art from printmaking organizations that, like BWA, are diversity driven. These include the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Collection in New York; Self Help Graphics & Art in Los Angeles; Coronado Print Studios/Serie Project in Austin, Texas; and Taller Experimental de Gráfica/Experimental Graphic Studio in Havana, Cuba.

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Key current and pending projects funded by the grant include the production of video interviews with artists whose work is featured in the database, digitizing artwork images and formatting and creating documentation and interpretive materials for collections of works of art from printmaking organizations that, like BWA, are diversity driven. These include the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Collection in New York; Self Help Graphics & Art in Los Angeles; Coronado Print Studios/Serie Project in Austin, Texas; and Taller Experimental de Gráfica/Experimental Graphic Studio in Havana, Cuba.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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