Art on Campus: Creating a Collection Management Infrastructure at the University of Pittsburgh

Abstract

Art on Campus is the first major step in producing a complete inventory of artworks owned by the University. Our work will lay the groundwork for harnessing Pitt’s art collections to meet the University’s strategic goals. In this seed phase, we propose four primary initiatives: create a data collection methodology; apply that methodology to assess three sites of Pitt’s main campus – Alumni Hall, Mervis Hall, and artworks in outdoor public spaces; determine which collections management database system is best-suited to the University and project needs; and a final report of recommendations for a comprehensive art inventory and management plan for Pitt. In the first year of the grant period, special attention will be placed on assessing and cataloguing artworks in outdoor spaces and producing a preliminary benchmarking study for the development of a public art plan at Pitt. Throughout the grant period, team leaders will mentor graduate student assistants and undergraduate interns to research and collect data to support the project goals.

Art on Campus is a collaborative project between the History of Art and Architecture (HAA), University Library System (ULS), University Archives, University Art Gallery (UAG), and the Frick Fine Arts Library.

Featured Image: Tony Smith, Light Up! 1971, Painted Steel

Principal Investigator
  • Zachary Brodt

    Co-Principal Investigator
    University Archivist, University Library System (ULS)

  • Sylvia Rhor Samaniego

    Co-Principal Investigator
    Director, University Art Gallery (UAG)

Select Collaborators
  • Chelsea Gunn

    Team Member 
    Graduate Student Assistant

  • Kate Joranson

    Team Member
    Head, Frick Fine Arts Library, University Library System (ULS)

  • Kirk Savage

    Team Member
    Professor and Chair, History of Art and Architecture (HAA)

  • Alex Taylor

    Team Member
    Assistant Professor, History of Art and Architecture (HAA)