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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 13, No. 460.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Fri, 03 Mar 2000 07:30:31 +0000
             From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu>
             Subject: AMICO Membership Announcement

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

    AMICO Press Release
    February 11, 2000

    The Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) Announces=20
    Three New Members for Start of the New Year

    AMICO Headquarters; Pittsburgh, PA

    The Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) is pleased to welcome the Dallas
    Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum, and the Museum of the Americas
    Foundation to our growing Consortium. These three new Members further
    increase the depth and variety of the AMICO Library, enhance its usefulness
    as an educational tool, and add strength to the institutional knowledge
    sharing of the Consortium. "With AMICO membership now over thirty
    institutions we are hitting our stride as an organization and as a tool for
    humanities studies," states AMICO Executive Director, Jennifer Trant.
    "Dallas and Denver bring significant collections and the MOA Foundation
    adds a new dimension to the AMICO Library reaching into the Caribbean,
    Mexico, and Latin America," Ms. Trant adds.

    The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA), located in Dallas, Texas, houses an
    impressive encyclopedic collection of nearly 25,000 objects - from the arts
    of Africa, ancient America, Asia, and the Pacific, to European and American
    decorative arts and paintings and sculpture by old master, impressionist,
    modern, and contemporary artists. Additionally, the DMA has been a leader
    in providing public access to its collection records via the GTE
    Collections Information Center. As DMA Director John R. Lane notes,
    "Joining AMICO will be a great way to provide that information more widely,
    as well as enhance the content of the Center for our visitors through AMICO
    Library access."

    Colorado's Denver Art Museum (DAM) has the largest and most comprehensive
    collection of world art between Kansas City and the West Coast, with over
    40,000 works of art. The varied holdings include a particular strength in
    the Native Arts with more than 17,000 objects from the indigenous peoples
    of North America, a collecting commitment to the area of architecture,
    design, and graphics, and many standards that capture the spirit of the
    American West. DAM also is a rich repository of Asian art, locally and
    world-renowned Modern and contemporary works, over 5,000 objects from the
    pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial periods, and fine selections of European
    and American masters. Lewis Sharp, DAM's Director, hopes this
    collaboration with AMICO will "broaden exposure of DAM's collection to new
    users and help us further our educational mission."

    The Washington, DC-based Museum of the Americas Foundation was established
    in 1998 through the shared work of the Organization of American States, the
    Inter-American Development Bank, and the Smithsonian Institution with the
    ambitious mission to create an inclusive museum devoted to the art and
    culture of the Western Hemisphere. The Foundation will work closely with
    the Smithsonian Institution as well as museums throughout North America,
    the Caribbean, and South and Central America to bring public attention to
    the existing, rich collections that chronicle cultural achievement in the
    Western Hemisphere. "The MOA is scheduled to open in 2007, but with our
    online presence and our contributions to AMICO, we have a great opportunity
    to build awareness and provide valuable resources virtually to our
    potential audiences," observes Christopher C. Addison, President of the

    The AMICO Library, officially launched July 1st, 1999, has made multimedia
    documentation of artworks from the collections of leading museums across
    North America available to universities, colleges, schools, and public
    libraries. The 1999-2000 edition of the AMICO Library documents over 50,000
    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. As Jennifer Trant, AMICO Executive
    Director, notes, "subscribers find the AMICO Library of interest because it
    combines the immediacy and accessibility of the Web with the persistence
    and academic weight of traditional library reference sources."=20

    The AMICO Library is accessible over secure networks to institutional
    subscribers, including universities, colleges, libraries, schools, and
    museums. Designated users can include 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) and the Ohio Library and Information Network
    (OhioLINK). A subscription to the AMICO Library provides a one-year
    license to use works from the compiled AMICO Library for a broad range of
    educational purposes. Interested subscribers may preview a Thumbnail
    Catalog of the AMICO Library and get further information at

    The AMICO Library is a product of the Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO),
    an independent non-profit corporation, with 501 (c) 3 designation from the
    IRS. The Consortium is today made up of 31 major museums. 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.

    Current List of AMICO Members:
    Albright-Knox Art Gallery
    Art Gallery of Ontario
    Art Institute of Chicago
    Asia Society Gallery
    Center for Creative Photography
    Cleveland Museum of Art
    Dallas Museum of Art
    Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College
    Denver Art Museum
    Detroit Institute of Arts
    Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
    The Frick Collection and Art Reference Library
    George Eastman House
    J. Paul Getty Museum
    The Library of Congress
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art
    The McMichael Canadian Art Collection
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Minneapolis Institute of Arts
    Montr=E9al Museum of Fine Arts
    Mus=E9e d'art contemporain de Montr=E9al
    Museum of the Americas Foundation
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
    National Gallery of Canada
    Philadelphia Museum of Art
    San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art
    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
    San Jose Museum of Art
    Smithsonian American Art Museum=20
    Walker Art Center
    Whitney Museum of American Art
    Contact Information:
    AMICO =09
    Jennifer Trant, Executive Director
    Art Museum Image Consortium Phone (412) 422 8533=09
    2008 Murray Avenue, Suite D Fax (412) 422 8594
    Pittsburgh, PA 15217 Email: jtrant@amico.org

    Kelly Richmond
    Communications Director
    AMICO-Art Museum Image Consortium
    2008 Murray Ave, Suite D
    Pittsburgh, PA 15217 USA
    Phone: +1 412 422 8533
    Fax: +1 412 422 8594

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