Jul 28, 2023

South Carolina State Museum Launches its First-Ever Online Collection Database

Museum’s art collection now available for the public to explore online.

According to an article in the web site:

“The South Carolina State Museum’s art collection is now available to explore online allowing educators, students, researchers and others to explore portions of the museum’s collection digitally for the first time. The art collection features more than 4,500 pieces of fine and folk art, historic and modern pottery and ceramics, sculptures, contemporary works, and even topiaries. 

“This project, made possible by funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) Museums for America grant and the South Carolina State Legislature, has been years in the making. While the material currently available through the online database is limited to works of art, the museum’s cultural history, science and technology and natural history collections will be added in the coming months with the majority made available online in time for the museum’s 35th Anniversary Celebration in November 2023.

“The online database includes high quality images enabling users to view the inscriptions of enslaved potter David Drake, or the artistry of painters such as Wenonah Bell and Brian Rutenburg – just a few of the many highlights to discover. Guests are invited to browse the collection or search for specific works by keyword, title, object name, or date range with advanced search functions also available.

“Launching the online database is an important step in the museum’s Reimagine the Experience campaign which aims to feature more of the museum’s extensive collection and eventually renew over 150,000 square feet of exhibition, programmatic and collections storage space to better highlight the many fascinating stories and people throughout South Carolina’s history.”

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