August 10, 2017

Krannert Art Museum at University of Illinois Expands Digital Access to its Collection

CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS—The Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign has launched an expanded version of its website allowing visitors to access more than 2,700 pieces from the museum’s 10,000-piece collection, reports Melissa Merli of The News-Gazette. The expanded website also includes profiles of artists in KAM’s collection, curatorial and conservation research, provenance information, and tours of its collection galleries. The museum plans to make half of its collection available online by the end of the year.

The new site was designed by James Goggin and Shan James of the Providence-based studio Practise, which also responsible for the Krannert Art Museum’s graphic identity and exhibition catalogues.

The Krannert Art Museum is the second-largest general fine arts museum in Illinois and the first museum in the country to have a website, which the museum launched in 1993. KAM’s communications and marketing coordinator Julia Nucci Kelly, who managed the redesign, credited the University of Illinois’s “pioneering work on the first internet browser” as a catalyst for the website’s expansion.

Kathleen Harleman, Krannert Art Museum director and interim dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts said, “We believe it is important to make the art collection as accessible as possible. Building the means to access the collection online is an important part of that. Online visitors will have access to the breadth of work we do in teaching, conservation, and research as a top academic art museum at the University of Illinois.”

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