St. Lawrence University to digitally archive large collection of street art
CANTON -- St. Lawrence University will digitally archive a large collection of street art with help from The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).
CIC has selected St. Lawrence to participate in its Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research.The award will support the digital archiving of a sizable street art collection housed at the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery while also allowing faculty, students and staff to engage in collaborative work with other institutions, including those in the New York 6 Liberal Arts Consortium.
The project will be led by Catherine Tedford, director of the Brush Art Gallery, who has been actively building a physical international collection of original street art stickers. The collection serves as the basis for the “Street Art Graphics” digital archive, which has been exhibited at St. Lawrence as well as galleries in Canada, Germany and across the U.S. The project will also be supported by Eric Williams-Bergen, director of digital initiatives, who works within St. Lawrence’s Libraries and Information Technology (LIT) division and will focus on planning, implementation and support.
“Ms. Tedford’s ‘Street Art Graphics’ digital archive offers a unique window on virtually every aspect of the human experience over the past century,” said William L. Fox ’75, president of St. Lawrence University. “That, in and of itself, makes the collection an important resource for students, educators and scholars, as demonstrated by its integration into several St. Lawrence courses.”
Support from CIC will allow St. Lawrence to use Artstor’s digital asset management tool known as Shared Shelf. Artstor is a nonprofit organization that supports digital collections for universities, museums, schools and libraries worldwide.
The CIC Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Learning is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. CIC’s award will cover up to two years of using Shared Shelf and two years’ worth of half funding. CIC will also provide support for both Tedford and Williams-Bergen to attend training workshops in Washington, D.C.
For more information on St. Lawrence’s Street Art Graphics collection, visit www.stlawu.edu/gallery.