ArtBytes 3 Recap

Thanks for another successful weekend of hacking the museum experience! This year, we asked participants to consider the audiences that their projects will target. Teams worked hard over the weekend and eight groups presented to qualify for a prize.

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Thanks for another successful weekend of hacking the museum experience! This year, we asked participants to consider the audiences that their projects will target. Teams worked hard over the weekend and eight groups presented to qualify for a prize. Below are the winners of the ‪‎ArtBytes‬ 3 museum hackathon:

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Walters Enthusiasts Super Thursday Scavenger Hunt

During this week’s Super Thursday Party, the Walters Enthusiasts is sponsoring a Scavenger Hunt Contest for a chance to win two tickets to see the musical Chicago at the Hippodrome or a $50 gift card to Cardinal Tavern.

Visit the Walters Enthusiasts Facebook page during the Super Thursday Party to find the scavenger hunt clues. Clues will be posted 5:30 p.m., February 12, 2015. Follow the prompts to find the correct works of art, take a photo, and have your photos vetted at the Walters Enthusiast table in the second floor lobby of the Walters Art Museum. The contest ends at 7:45 p.m. and two randomly picked winners will be announced at 8 p.m.

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Declare Your Love for your Favorite Art with #HeartsForArt

What’s your favorite artwork at the Walters? Are you a fan of Faberge? Or maybe mummies make your day! Join us this Super Thursday Party and Valentine’s Day and vote with your heart.

heartsforartallthreeWhat’s your favorite artwork at the Walters? Are you a fan of Faberge? Or maybe mummies make your day! Join us this Super Thursday Party and Valentine’s Day and vote with your heart. Pick up one of our paper hearts on your way into the museum, and pick your favorites. Drop a heart in front of Judith and Holofernes or maybe Isis is more your jam. Share a selfie with your art valentine and tag your photos #‎HeartsForArt‬.  Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep tabs on votes and favorites.

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Winners of the Walters Art Museum Selfie Contest

Thank you for everyone that participated in our first Museum Selfie Contest! The likes have been tallied and we have our three winners! Drum roll please…

Thank you for everyone that participated in our first Museum Selfie Contest! We’ve enjoyed seeing everyone interact with the museum in fun, new ways. The likes have been tallied and we have our three winners! Drum roll please…

FIRST PRIZE WINNER


@p00kumz has won:

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Walters Museum Selfie Contest

Get those smart phones ready and pose with your favorite artwork at the Walters. We are giving away fun prizes to the best “museum selfies” taken at the Walters!

WINNERS HAVE BEEN PICKED! CONGRATS TO OUR TOP 3!

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Walters staff demonstrate their #museumselfie talents.

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600 American Artwork Images Available for Download

Alfred Jacob Miller / Mrs. Keller as the Goddess of Liberty / 1855-1859 / Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. William Middendorf, II, 1968
Alfred Jacob Miller / Mrs. Keller as the Goddess of Liberty / 1855-1859 / Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. William Middendorf, II, 1968
Alfred Jacob Miller / Mrs. Keller as the Goddess of Liberty / 1855-1859 / Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. William Middendorf, II, 1968

Thanks to a $111,615 grant from the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Walters Art Museum has successfully catalogued and digitized more than 600 American paintings, drawings and portrait miniatures for the museum’s online collection. Rarely seen works from John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt and John La Farge, among others, are now available for download and public use at art.thewalters.org.

In conjunction with this project, our spring focus exhibition, American Artists Abroad, April 19–June 22, will highlight works from our rich collection of American art. “Rather than simply reacting to what they saw, American artists often successfully reinvented themselves through their time abroad without losing sight of their connection to home,” said Jo Briggs, assistant curator, 18th and 19th century art. “This exhibition showcases beautiful works collected over more than a century, and now, consistent with the Walters’ continuing mission of access and outreach, they are available online for everyone to enjoy.”

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We’re on the Move

Watch for new juxtapositions, fresh interpretation, and new ways of engaging with the Walters collections. This summer, beginning June 23, the galleries housing 19th-century art on the fourth floor of the Centre Street building will be closed for renovation.

Hackerman House interior, as seen from the bottom of the grand staircase.

We’re on the move. Watch for new juxtapositions, fresh interpretation, and new ways of engaging with the Walters collections.

This summer, beginning June 23, the galleries housing 19th-century art on the fourth floor of the Centre Street building will be closed for reinstallation. The fourth floor will reopen October 26 with a new installation focused on the life and legacy of the museum’s founders, William T. (1819–1894) and Henry (1848–1931) Walters. Special member hours will be Thursday, October 23, from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, October 25, from 5 to 10 p.m.

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