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Friends of the Kennedy Museum announces 2005-06 project award

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 13, 2006) -- The Friends of the Kennedy Museum (KMA) awarded Emily Porter the Friends of the Kennedy Museum Project Award to create a virtual tour of the museum that will be used to promote its exhibitions and events and to expand its presence on the Web.

Emily PorterPorter is a senior visual communications major and a KMA student-employee through Ohio University's Program to Aid Career Exploration (PACE). The award provides Porter with the opportunity to become proficient in cutting-edge web technology applications, says Sally Delgado, curator of education for KMA.

The Education Department at KMA serves as a laboratory and training ground for Ohio University students interested in a variety of educational and museum-related professions. The department also serves the local and regional community as a resource for teaching and learning by offering school visits to KMA, galleries specifically curated for education, and hands-on weekend workshops. Our mission is to provide a meeting ground for students of all ages to share their existing ideas and to challenge themselves to explore new ones. This project also works to extend KMA's mission by providing another way for the public to access its exhibitions, she says.

Porter will produce the virtual tour in two formats. The first will be an online Web site linked to KMA's main website, www.ohio.edu/museum, to premiere at the end of spring quarter, 2006. The second is a virtual tour formatted to a CD that regional schools can access beginning fall, 2006. The virtual tour will take the visitor from KMA's front door into each of the galleries. Each gallery space will feature the current exhibition in virtual format and give the visitor the ability to navigate the space using Quick Time Virtual Recordings.

QTVRs are a multi-media application that supports a 360-degree perspective of a scene or room and a close-up of each item in the exhibit using digital photography. Porter used QTVR technology when she created a virtual tour of KMA's exhibition "The Bragro Experience: Seating with Honour to Motherhood," curated by George Vincent Amagnoh (M.F.A., Sculpture, '05).

This exhibition is on display until Feb. 26, and the virtual tour can be found at www.ohiou.edu/museum/bragro/. The project also will create an online archive of each exhibition.

"The initial phase of the project will create the shell that features exhibits in the museum in the spring of 2006. Each year, the Education Department will add the current exhibitions and archive the old ones," Delgado said.

The Friends of the Kennedy Student Project Award 2005-06 was recently created as a funding source for specific projects that benefit the museum and its mission, according to Friends of the Kennedy Museum Board President Joyce Richardson.

"The Friends are committed to both arts education and sharing the bounty of the museum with the widest possible audience. This project fits the bill on both counts," she said.

The Kennedy Museum of Art is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 5 p.m.; Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. It is closed on Mondays and holidays. As always, admission is free. Visit www.ohio.edu/museum for information about current exhibits and driving directions.

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Media Contact: Kennedy Museum of Art Curator of Education Sally Delgado, (740) 593-0953 or delgado@ohio.edu, or Kennedy Museum of Art John B. and Dareth A. Gerlach Director Paul Legris, (740) 597-1811 or legrisp@ohio.edu  

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