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The development of Gallery One and ArtLens represents a true and equal collaboration among the curatorial, information management and technology services (IMTS), education and academic affairs, and design departments at the Cleveland Museum of Art. An atypical and noteworthy approach among museums in the design of interactive technology spaces, the development process was guided by the CMA's former chief curator and deputy director C. Griffith Mann. Museum educators were instrumental in curating the space and its related experiences, and IMTS staff worked closely with internal and external partners on both concept and interactive design. This collaborative organizational structure is groundbreaking, not just within the museum community, but within user-interface design in general. It elevated each department's contribution, resulting in an unparalleled interactive experience, with technology and software that have never been used before in any venue, content interpreted in fun and approachable ways, and unprecedented design of an interactive gallery space that integrates technology into an art gallery setting.
The project team was led by the following at Cleveland Museum of Art: Jane Alexander, Director of Information Management and Technology Services (Technology/Project Manager); Caroline Goeser, Director of Education and Interpretation (Curator/Interpretation); and Jeffrey Strean, Director of Design and Architecture (Design Oversight).
In the Department of Education and Academic Affairs, Gallery One content was developed by Seema Rao, Patty Edmonson, and Hajnal Eppley. ArtLens content was developed by Jennifer Foley, Lori Wienke, and Bethany Corriveau.
Members of the Department of Information Management and Technology Services who were instrumental to the development of Gallery One and ArtLens include Andrea Bour, Jeanne DeBonis, Will Hannah, Tom Hood, Niki Krause, Scott Pollack, Dave Shaw, Michael St. Clair, and Linda Wetzel.
Design Services staff who worked on the project include Thomas Barnard III and Andrew Gutierrez. Collection staff included Howard Agriesti, David Brichford, Elizabeth Saluk, Bruce Shewitz, Tracy Sisson, and Mary Suzor.
Designing through Collaboration
The museum partnered deeply with award-winning outside consultants to realize the project. Local Projects is responsible for all media design and collaborated with the CMA team on concept design development. The other outside consultants involved in the project were Gallagher and Associates (exhibit design), Zenith Systems (AV Integration), Piction (CMS/DAM development), Earprint Productions (app content development), and Navizon (way-finding). Through this new collaborative development methodology, the Cleveland Museum of Art is leading the way not only in the robust blend of art and technology thoughout the gallery experience but in museum practice itself.
Gallery One is generously supported by the Maltz Family Foundation, which donated $10 million to support the project. Additional support for the project comes from grants and other donations.