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Maxwell Anderson, the Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, announced today the launch of an exciting redesigned digital database for the Museum’s collection of encyclopedic art through its website, This marks the first phase of an initiative to dramatically improve online access and representation of the Museum’s global collection of more than 22,000 works of art.

By digitizing its entire collection, the DMA is creating one of the world’s most sophisticated online art collections, providing open access to its entire collection, and leading the field in the quality and depth of content available to visitors, students, teachers, and scholars. In addition, whenever permitted by existing agreements, the DMA will release all images, data, and software it creates to the public under Open Access licenses for free personal and educational use.

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The Delaware Art Museum received a $130,000 Museums of America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The grant will help fund a two-year Collections Stewardship project, which will make over 5,000 works on paper from the museum’s collection available to the public through a new searchable digital database.

In June 2013 the Delaware Art Museum received funding from the Welfare Foundation to begin a five-phase Collections Accessibility Plan. The recent IMLS grant will fund the second phase of the initiative. The institution plans to have most of its collection available online by 2018. The goal of the project is to reinforce the Delaware Art Museum’s mission “to connect people to art.” The Delaware Art Museum boasts a large collection and one of the most comprehensive groupings of Pre-Raphaelite art outside of the United Kingdom.

Margaretta Frederick, Chief Curator and Curator of the Bancroft Collection of Pre-Raphaelite Art, said, “This is an incredible opportunity for the Museum. Putting the collection online allows us to serve our diverse audiences more effectively through expanded access to collections-related information, images, and scholarship.”

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