Story posted April 12, 2007
A new state-of-the-art database comprising selections from the more than 15,000 items in the collections of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art allows unprecedented, up-close-and-personal access.
Interactive browsing is made possible by Zoomify technology. The application allows visitors to the collections database Web site to pan and zoom into each image, affording magnified views of textures and brush strokes.
Featured objects are accompanied by descriptions and other information, letting students search the Museumís collections for specific research interests.
Assistant Director for Operations Suzanne Bergeron says the Museumís renovation and expansion project has given staffers the downtime they needed to work with a team from the Information Technology department to bring the collections database to fruition. Bergeron says what is available now is only the first phase of a broader plan to make more objects available for view online.
Though the collections database offers the next best thing to being there, one of its goals is to entice people to come into the renovated and expanded Bowdoin College Museum of Art, which re-opens October 14, 2007.
The $20.8 million renovation and expansion of the historic Walker Art Building integrates the Museumís traditional features with a dramatic new entry pavilion and an enormous window on the world that affords passersby a crystal clear view inside.
Inside, a complete renovation is taking place along with an underground expansion that is providing 63 percent more space than the original building had Ė all while preserving the landmark structure.