[Asis-l] AMICO Appoints Executive Director and Director, Strategy and Research

J. Trant jtrant at archimuse.com
Tue Apr 9 10:49:06 EDT 2002

Art Museum Image Consortium
Enabling Educational Use of Museum Multimedia

AMICO Press Release
For Immediate Release: April 6, 2002

AMICO Appoints Executive Director, and Director, Strategy and Research

The Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) is pleased to announce the 
appointment of Jennifer Trant as Executive Director, and David 
Bearman and Director, Strategy and Research. Trant and Bearman, who 
have been actively involved in the planning of AMICO through their 
consulting firm of Archives & Museum Informatics, will formally join 
AMICO's staff as of July 1, 2002. Both will also reserve time for 
their ongoing consulting and research.

"We're delighted that Jennifer and David will continue to play a 
leadership role in AMICO" said Elizabeth Broun, Director of the 
Smithsonian Museum of American Art and AMICO's Chair. "Their vision 
and enthusiasm has helped us grow from an idea to a reality in five 
short years."

AMICO's an unprecedented collaboration, and we're looking forward to 
continuing our work with AMICO Members. This group of committed 
professionals has broken new ground in the network distribution of 
cultural information," said Jennifer Trant. "Forging new kinds of 
relationships is key to the success of cultural heritage institutions 
in the digital age. AMICO's proven that we can work together to meet 
common goals."

Bearman concurred: "This year is a key turning point for AMICO. We've 
moved from one distributor to more than five, and from a North 
American to world-wide community of members and users.  With our 
upcoming move into a university environment, AMICO will be well 
positioned to play a long-term role in the digital cultural 


The Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) is a growing, independent 
non-profit (501c3) corporation.  Founded in 1997, the Consortium 
today is made up of over 35 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.

Together AMICO Members build The AMICO Library(TM) a compilation of 
multimedia documentation of works in their collections.  The 2001 
edition of The AMICO Library documents over 78,000 different works of 
art, from prehistoric goddess figures to contemporary installations; 
new works are added annually.  More than simply an image database, 
AMICO Library works are fully documented and may include curatorial 
text, detailed provenance information, multiple views, and other 
related multimedia.  Subscribers find The AMICO Library valuable 
because it combines the immediacy and accessibility of the Web with 
the persistence and academic weight of traditional library reference 
sources. Over 100,000 works of art will be represented in The AMICO 
Library's 2002 edition, to be released July 1, 2002.

The AMICO Library is accessible over secure networks to licensed 
subscribers such as universities, colleges, libraries, schools, and 
museums. Over 3 million users on four continents include faculty, 
students, teachers, staff, researchers, and public library patrons. 
Educational subscribers receive access to The AMICO Library through 
one of our Distributors. A subscription to The AMICO Library provides 
rights to use works for a broad range of educational purposes. 
Potential subscribers may preview a Thumbnail Catalog of The AMICO 
Library, request a free trial from our Distributors, and get further 
information at http://www.amico.org.

Contact Information

Jennifer Trant
Executive Director
Art Museum Image Consortium
Phone: +1 412 422 8533
Email: info at amico.org
Web: http://www.amico.org

AMICO Members

  Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Art Gallery of Ontario
The Art Institute of Chicago
Asia Society Gallery
Center for Creative Photography
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Dallas Museum of Art
Davis Museum & Cultural Center, Wellesley College
Denver Art Museum
The 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
Louisiana State Museum
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
National Gallery of Canada
National Museums of Scotland
The Newark Museum
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Philadelphia Museum of Art
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Terra Museum of American Art
Victoria & Albert Museum
Walker Art Center
The Walters Art Museum
Whitney Museum of American Art

J. Trant			2008 Murray Ave, Suite D
Executive Director		Pittsburgh, PA 15217 USA
Art Museum Image Consortium
http://www.amico.org		Phone: +1 412 422 8533
jtrant at amico.org		Fax: +1 412 422 8594

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