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  • UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA

    AT LAFAYETTE

    STEP Committee

    Technology Fee Application

    Digitization Studio & Research Station Title

    Jolie Johnson, Development Mgr Name of Submitter (Faculty or Staff Only)

    Hilliard University Art Museum Organization

  • Title: Digitization Studio & Research Station Date: 01/14/2019

    Name (Contact Person): Jolie Johnson

    Address: 710 East Saint Mary Boulevard

    Phone Number: 337-482-6060 Email: [email protected]

    Department/College/Org: Hilliard University Art Museum

    ABSTRACT (250 words or less):

    As an academic art institution, research and education are the cornerstones of the Hilliard University Art

    Museum. The museum presents approximately 12 exhibitions per year alongside an annual average of

    40 programs that range from artist talks and curator tours to film screenings and more. No matter what

    our staff and facility capacities are, they will always be outstripped by the sheer size of the museum’s

    permanent collection; it is not possible to exhibit all 2,100+ objects in a coherent manner that would

    make them accessible to students and faculty. In an effort to increase student utilization of and access to

    our collections and resources, HUAM would like to digitize its permanent collection and seeks STEP

    funding for the equipment, software and supplies needed to create an in-house digitization studio, and a

    research station. The museum’s permanent collection contains over 150 photographic works by Andy

    Warhol, over 150 works by Henry Botkin, a collection of Japanese woodblock prints, as well as works

    by William Moreland, George Rodrigue, Hunt Slonem, Francis Pavy, Lynda Frese, William Tolliver, and

    many more. While digitization is a major project to take on, the HUAM projects that the total effort will

    take approximately 5 years; a weekly objective of 12 artworks has been set in order to meet this goal.

  • Budget Proposal

    1. Equipment $ 21,370.26

    2. Software $ 6,225

    3. Supplies $ 4,295.36

    4. Maintenance $ 0

    5. Personnel $ 0

    6. Other $ 0

    TOTAL: $ 31,890.62

  • UL STEP Grant

    Hilliard Museum

    A) Purpose of project and impact to student body

    As an academic art institution, research and education are the cornerstones of the Hilliard

    University Art Museum (HUAM). Each semester HUAM strives to offer a stimulating exhibition

    schedule that facilitates new approaches to the study and appreciation of art. However, like many

    cultural institutions, the scope of what the museum can exhibit is limited by both physical space

    and manpower. As a result, the majority of the 2,100+ art objects in HUAM’s permanent

    collection, many of which represent opportunities for students to produce and present original

    scholarship, sit in storage where they are neither discoverable nor accessible.

    In an effort to increase student utilization of and access to our collections and resources, HUAM

    would like to digitize its permanent collection, making it available online. Students can then

    browse the collection, identify artworks for their study and make appointments at the museum to

    inspect the work in person. We are requesting STEP funding for the equipment, software and

    supplies needed to create an in-house digitization studio, and a research station, where students

    can have (monitored and controlled) access to objects from the collection. While digitization is a

    major project to take on, the HUAM projects that the total effort will take approximately 5 years.

    The curatorial team has set a weekly objective of 12 artworks in order to meet this goal.

    While the museum is not a traditional department and does not offer academic courses, it is our

    mission to serve the students, faculty, and staff of UL Lafayette. It is in service to that mission

    that HUAM seeks this technology enhancement.

    HUAM’s extensive permanent collection consists of over 2,100 works of art by more than 550

    regional, national, and internationally known artists. Significant holdings include:

     The Henry Botkin Collection: Consisting of 150 works in oil, pastel, and collage produced by the artist from the 1930s through the 1960s, it is considered one of the most

    important single collections held at the Hilliard.

     Marais Press Collection: A unique collection of over 200 prints, representing work from more than 150 UL Lafayette teaching/visiting printmaking artists over the past 20+ years.

     Andy Warhol Collection: In 2008, The Andy Warhol Foundation donated 150 photographs by artist Andy Warhol as part of an Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy

    Program.

     Jacqueline Heymann Cohn Japanese Print Collection: A collection of Japanese woodblock prints illustrating the changes in Japanese society from the late 19th to the

    early 20th century.

     Ambassador Caffrey Egyptian Collection: Includes objects from the Fourth (2613- 2494 B.C.), 19th (1292-1189 B.C.), and 26th (664-525 B.C.) Egyptian dynasties.

     Painting and Sculpture Collection: A growing collection of primarily American and European art, featuring work in diverse media, ranging from the 18th through 21st

    centuries.

     The Sylvia and Warren Lowe Collection of American Vernacular Art: Folk Art, also called self-taught or vernacular art, is created by people with no formal training in the

    visual arts.

  • UL STEP Grant

    Hilliard Museum

     Photography Collection: This collection includes work by more than 100 photographers, including Louisiana artists such as Debbie Fleming Caffery, Dickie

    Landry, A.J. Meek, Philip Gould.

     The Louisiana Collection: This collection includes 19th-21st century paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and sculpture by artists who are native or have a close

    affiliation to Louisiana. Artists include John McCrady, William Moreland, Elemore

    Morgan, Jr., George Rodrigue, Hunt Slonem, Margaret Evangeline, Cora Kelly Ward,

    Clyde Connell, and local artists such as Shawne Major, Troy Dugas, Francis Pavy, Lynda

    Frese, Dennis Paul Williams, Chestee Herrington, William Tolliver, among many others.

    Although the museum has a natural connection with the College of Arts, the digitization of

    HUAM’s permanent collection will create a resource that serves the entire student body, not just

    one department or college, as its collection offers routes of study with multiple points of

    interpretation for students in a variety of fields, including but not limited to anthropology,

    sociology, archeology, history, political science, regional studies, and the visual arts. This project

    will serve students by enabling university faculty to more efficiently utilize

    HUAM’s collection in their curriculum, further enhancing interdisciplinary learning. It will also

    increase the university’s standing as a research institution, which will in turn assist in recruiting

    academic talent (both students and faculty) in search of untapped research opportunities.

    Not only will this project’s end product positively impact students, the museum is committed to

    utilizing the digitization process to provide meaningful, long-term, paid job training for students

    interested in pursuing careers in the museum field. To that end, in the coming year HUAM will

    be submitting grant applications to the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the

    National Endowment for the Arts to secure federal funding for undergraduate and graduate

    work-study appointments for this multi-year project. Additionally, UL Lafayette History

    Professors Dr. Liz Skelton and Dr. Chad Parker, as well as other faculty from the university’s

    Public History program and the College of the Arts, will provide assistance in identifying

    students who would benefit from hands-on experience in a museum setting. Using the equipment

    and software purchased with STEP funds, these students will assist in digitizing the museum’s

    collection while also learning how to properly handle, photograph, and catalogue art.

    The first student worker associated with the digitization project, Annabelle Smith, will start work

    as a graduate assistant at beginning of the Spring 2019 semester. Working under the supervision

    of Misty Taylor, Collections & Exhibitions Manager, Ms. Smith will have an integral role in

    developing the digitization plan, and in completing and inputting collection research related to

    the digitization process.

    The museum’s approach to digitization of its collection will be holistic and visually engaging,

    going beyond static photography with rote descriptions. Using equipment and software

    purchased with STEP funds, and with the assistance of student workers, HUAM will develop and

    produce a wide variety of interpretive content, including video, audio, and other narrative

    resources (including insights into collection objects from multiple perspectives, such as those of

    curators, donors, faculty from a wide range of disciplines, and artists) for access, reuse, and

    preservation. All

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