A summer research project by Stanzi McGlynn '10, of Montoursville, PA, will
result in a database of digital images of West African textiles to be used by
both the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery and the Owen D. Young Library.
McGlynn, an economics and
fine arts major,
was awarded a special research fellowship for the project, titled
"From Weave to Web: Creating an Online Digital Collection of West African Textiles."
She will conduct research on a collection of over 70 textiles from West Africa
given to the University by Christopher '70 and Nora Leonard Roy '69.
As part of the project, photographer Matt Bogosian '02 visited campus to
create digital images of the textiles. Roy, a professor of art history and the
Elizabeth M. Stanley Faculty Fellow of African Art History at the University of Iowa,
also came to campus, for recorded interviews describing the textiles. The recordings,
also digital, will accompany the images as part of the project, one of three pilot programs
that the gallery is launching in digital archiving, according to
Brush Gallery Director
Cathy Tedford. The plan calls for the library to incorporate the collection into
its new federated search engine, "Encore."
Others involved in the collaborative project are Dana Professor of Fine Arts Obiora
Uduchukwu; Carole Mathey, assistant director of the Brush Gallery; Arline Wolfe, arts
metadata technician; and the gallery's student assistants. In addition, Newell Center
for Arts Technology Director Christopher Watts and Technical Support Specialist
Greogry Matejcik have supported the project.
More: Christopher Roy's Web site
Matt Bogosian's Web site
Posted: June 18, 2008