[Asis-l] AMICO Announces New Members

J. Trant - Executive Director jtrant at amico.org
Sun Apr 14 14:38:48 EDT 2002

Art Museum Image Consortium
Enabling Educational Use of Museum Multimedia

AMICO Press Release
For Immediate Release: April 14, 2002

The Art Museum Image Consortium Welcomes New Members
The Louisiana State Museum, The Newark Museum,
the Terra Museum of American Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum join AMICO

The Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) welcomes four new members to 
our growing collaboration. The Newark Museum, the Louisiana State 
Museum, Terra Museum of American Art, and the Victoria & Albert 
Museum join thirty--two other museums in an unprecedented 
collaboration to enable educational use of museum multimedia. 
Together AMICO's Members are building The AMICO Library, an on-line 
multi-media resource documenting works of art in their collections.

"AMICO draws its strength from the diversity of its Members" says 
Elizabeth Broun, Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and 
AMICO's Chair. "This exceptional group of new members will further 
develop The AMICO Library and enhance our collaboration."

Mark Jones, the Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum remarked, 
"The V&A is committed to making its collections available and useful 
to as many people as possible. We are glad to collaborate with our 
partners in AMICO in creating common access to the wonderful objects 
that these museums contain."

James F. Sefcik, Assistant Secretary, Office of State Museums, 
Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, and Director, Louisiana 
State Museum, concurred "the opportunity to share the resources of 
the group with others is remarkable.  I look forward to the time - 
and it gets closer every day - when students worldwide will be able 
to share the collective wealth of the Louisiana State Museum and our 
sister institutions for their own work and information.

AMICO Members are working together to ensure that teachers and 
students, researchers and museum professionals world-wide can easily 
access and use museum multimedia documentation. The 2002 release of 
The AMICO Library will document approximately 100,000 works of art 
from our Members collections. This exceptional compilation is a 
valuable resource in teaching across the Arts and Humanities 
curriculum. Subscribing institutions around the world are making 
creative use of previously inaccessible or difficult to find images, 
text documentation, multimedia and sound files, including those from 
selected Antenna Audio tours.

Membership in AMICO is open to institutions with a collection of art, 
willing to contribute to The AMICO Library. Please contact Jennifer 
Trant, AMICO's Executive Director at jtrant at amico.org for further 


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 LibraryTM a compilation of 
multimedia documentation of works in their collections.  The 2002 
edition of The AMICO Library documents approximately 100,000 
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.

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

AMICO - Enabling Educational Use of Museum Multimedia

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