A Find Aid for Medart: Delving into the Depths

To start the semester, I finished a finding aid I had started last semester. The finding aid was for VRCOLL-medart,one of the versions of medart we have stored on a hard drive. VRCOLL-medart is that largest of the three versions of medart, and the finding aid, as it is now, is 16 pages long. I set up the finding aid by listing the main folders and then recording either a summary of its contents or a detailed account.

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  • Sustaining MedArt
  • Graduate Work
  • VMW
 

Considering Artistic Movements to Focus On & A Prelude to Photoshop Pixel Histogram Analysis, Part 2

In my last blog post, I mentioned possible artistic movements to use for my dataset. I have chosen works from the Hudson River Valley School of Art. I will be pulling images from reputable museum websites and making sure all images are of similar resolution and size. These artworks are similar in overall style, which should eliminate any bias toward certain artistic styles, but do vary in characteristics like color usage (sometimes dependent on the time of day that the work is portraying).

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  • Undergraduate Work
  • VMW
 

Botany Hall: The Advantages and Disadvantages To Navigating A Self-Directed Research-Intensive Internship

As I applied to an academic internship over the previous summer, I was invited to collaborate in in an ongoing research endeavor that was being led by two Ph.D. candidates in graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh, Colleen O’Reilly of the History of Art and Architecture department, and Aisling Quigley of the Information Sciences department.

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  • Visual Knowledge
  • Current Projects
  • Academic Interns
  • Dioramas in Context
  • Undergraduate Work
 

Looking Behind the Glass: Rediscovering the Women of Botany Hall

This semester I had a research internship with the department to work with a group of undergraduate students on the dioramas of CMNH’s Botany Hall. With graduate student Colleen O’Reilly as my mentor, I was given the opportunity to create my own independent project on the topic of my choice. My primary focus was the role women played in the creation of the dioramas from past and present. This subject interested me most because it was a point where botany, museum studies, and gender studies intersected.

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  • Agency
  • Current Projects
  • Academic Interns
  • Dioramas in Context
  • Undergraduate Work
Helping with Reenactment Registration
 

Learning Through History

Over the summer I had the pleasure on interning in the Collections Department at Fort Ligonier Museum in Ligonier, PA. During my time at the museum I was able to work in many different capacities to help out their small staff of eight, full-time people. For the first two weeks of my internship I learned the background of Fort Ligonier in relation to the French and Indian War, how the museum and fort are run today, as well as getting acclimated to using PastPerfect, their museum cataloging software.

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  • Academic Interns
 

Curating Little Steel

This past summer, I worked at Rivers of Steel, in Homestead curating an online exhibit called Little Steel. The exhibit documented the lesser-known steel mills in Pittsburgh and the Western Pennsylvania region. When one thinks of Pittsburgh steel, one thinks of companies like Carnegie Steel, US Steel, and Jones & Laughlin. However, there were over four hundred medium-sized and small mills that operated in Western Pennsylvania.

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  • Academic Interns

From the Special Collections Department's Walter and Martha Leuba Collection

 

Making the Archives Accessible: Metadata Collection and Digitization

For my internship this semester, I worked in the Special Collections Department at Hillman Library to help to facilitate the online accessibility of the Walter and Martha Leuba Collection. The Leuba collection is composed of several hundred original woodcuts, wood engravings, metal cuts, and linoleum cuts, as well as thousands of books. As an art history major, I took on the task of compiling metadata about the woodblock prints, engravings, and lithographs within the collection.

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  • Academic Interns
 

Exploring the Path to England

Recently, I have taken some time to explore the changes made to medart’s menu page for England (menuengland). Some of the most drastic changes to medart occurred on this page. In the earliest snapshot we have of menuengland from 12.25.1996 the user had to navigate to the images they wanted through a map. The user had to click on the location of whichever monument they wanted images of. They did have a link to an alphabetic site list one could choose as an alternative to the map.

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  • Sustaining MedArt
  • Graduate Work
  • VMW
 

Considering Artistic Movements to Focus On & A Prelude to Photoshop Pixel Histogram Analysis

In my last blog-post, I touched on a potential method to study neuroesthetics by first analyzing the specific characteristics of some artwork using Adobe Photoshop. While I have continued to look at possible ways to quantify artwork characteristics, I first decided on a methodology. I plan on using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, an online-based method designed to get human subject input.

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  • Undergraduate Work
  • VMW
 

Site Specificity and Diversity Concerns within Itinera

 

Since starting on Itinera, I've focused on Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, an 18th-Century aristocrat and poet. Specifically, I focus on her tour from London, through Eastern Europe, and into Istanbul with her hubsband, the English ambassador to Turkey. As her introduction reads:

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  • Environment
  • Mobility/Exchange
  • Visual Knowledge
  • Itinera
  • Graduate Work
  • VMW