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All can enjoy Michener Art Museum treasures thanks to Google Art Project

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The James A. Michener Art Museum announced today that it is adding 90 high-resolution art works to the Google Art Project enabling people throughout the world to explore its paintings, sculptures, prints and photographs online.

A diverse collection of 90 works of art were selected to be part of the initiative, which include significant works by painters of the Pennsylvania Impressionist and New Hope schools, including Edward Redfield, Daniel Garber, George Sotter and Fern Coppedge. A range of movements and media are represented from 17th century Bucks County artists such as Thomas Hicks and William T. Trego, to Bucks County modernists Charles Rosen and Lee Gatch. Artists representing the Studio Craft tradition include but are not limited to Paul Evans, Philip Lloyd Powell and Frederick Harer. Also represented are regional and American contemporary artists Diane Burko, Arlene Love, Fred Schmidt, Greg Wyatt, Mavis Smith, Mark Sfirri and Catherine Jansen. Other noted artists in the collection are Violet Oakley, Henry Ossawa Tanner and Arthur B. Davies. The keystone of the Museum’s collection, a 22-foot lunette shaped mural created for the 1926 Pennsylvania Sesquicentennial, A Wooded Watershed by Daniel Garber, is represented among the many other works.

From left to right, detail from Paul Evans' "Wall Collage," Daniel Garber's "A Wooded Watershed" and  Edward W. Redfield's "The Burning of Center Bridge."

From left to right, detail from Paul Evans’ “Wall Collage,” Daniel Garber’s “A Wooded Watershed” and Edward W. Redfield’s “The Burning of Center Bridge.”

Director and CEO of the Michener Art Museum, Lisa Tremper Hanover stated, “We are thrilled that our works are part of this extremely valuable art resource. It enables us to further our mission and to highlight art from our region to audiences around the world.”

Visitors to the Google Art Project can browse works by the artist’s name, the artwork, the type of art, the museum, the country, collections and the time period. Google+ and video hangouts are integrated on the site, allowing viewers to invite their friends to view and discuss their favorite works in a video chat or follow a guided tour from an expert to gain an appreciation of a particular topic or art collection.

Adrienne Neszmelyi-Romano, Director of Education, New Media and Interpretive Initiatives and Project Director states, “We are extremely grateful to be part of this initiative, joining other major cultural institutions from around the world. Participation in Google Art will allow our collection to become more accessible nationally and internationally. The work of the Google Cultural Institute is an invaluable resource to the museum community in helping preserve our arts and cultural heritage now and for the future.”

The ‘My Gallery’ feature allows users to save specific views of any of art works and build their own personalized gallery. Comments can be added to each painting and the entire gallery can be shared. It is an ideal tool for students or groups to work on collaborative projects or collections. In addition, a feature called ‘Compare’ allows you to examine two pieces of artwork side-by-side to look at how an artist’s style evolved over time, connect trends across cultures or delve deeply into two parts of the same work.

The Art Project is part of the Google Cultural Institute, which is dedicated to creating technology that helps the cultural community to bring their art, archives, heritage sites and other material online. The aim is to increase the range and volume of material from the cultural world that is available for people to explore online and in doing so, democratize access to it and preserve it for future generations.

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