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Pieces from St. Lawrence's Richard F. Brush Art Gallery collection are included in an online collection of Asian artwork from a consortium of 170 liberal arts colleges.

The project, ASIANetwork, "seeks to tap the Asian art and items of visual culture that exist on selected college campuses and help faculty who are teaching about Asia integrate these resources into their courses...The goal of this project is twofold. The first goal is to clarify how to utilize Asian art effectively in classroom instruction. The second is to identify and make available to a broader public the Asian art and objects of visual culture discovered through the consultancies as well as to promote the visual arts in classes ranging across the liberal arts curriculum."

The network is comprised of 1,726 images from the Luce Asian Art collection, and includes 19 items from St. Lawrence.

The Luce collection is part of the much larger Image Database to Enhance Asian Studies (IDEAS), which is also available online. IDEAS is the first multi-institutional, interdisciplinary, pan-Asian searchable database in the country, and includes valuable teaching resources for faculty. Organizers encourage faculty to share their assignments and contribute new materials over time.

Plans call for easy access to both projects through both the Gallery's Web site and the St. Lawrence libraries Web site.

Posted: April 2, 2009

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