From the curators at the Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art:
Housed behind the (Saint Mary’s College) Rheem campus in a nondescript warehouse are the 4,500 objects that make up the Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art’s permanent collection. Until now, data about the collection has been stored in paper files and an old online system. That is about to change. The museum has embarked on a long-term project to inventory and re-catalog the entire collection in a new online database. The project will preserve the information about each object and maintain the integrity, security, and cultural significance of the works of art.
The new database gives the SMC community and public unprecedented online access to the collection. This will facilitate an entirely new and invigorated visitor experience where you will be able to rediscover the Museum’s permanent collection including the William Keith collection, California landscapes, fine prints, and an ethnographic collection from around the world.
This endeavor promotes collaborative learning by allowing for a hands-on teaching experience that fosters innovation and creativity. There will be opportunities for faculty and students to develop research, curate exhibitions, and delve further into the collection.
Prior to now, the majority of the collection has remained in the dark. This project will breathe new life into the objects as they come alive in the museum, the classroom, and beyond.
The Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art is the only Museum in Contra Costa County accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.