Photographer Klaus Rossler showing Registrar Jaime-Brett Sine and Project ManagerMeaghan Eley the “ins and outs” of digital photography (March 2013).

Digitizing the Collection

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery’s permanent collection houses some of Canada’s most important works of art. With +1600 works (and growing!), the collection contains a range of objects, from paintings and drawings to bentwood boxes and beaded jewelry. While every attempt is made to exhibit the Gallery’s Collection throughout the year, there are some works that we would love for you to see year round.

The purpose of this blog is to document and discuss both the progress and even some of the challenges of digitizing the permanent collection. Along the way, you will hear about some of the stories behind the artworks in our collection and learn about the technicalities of creating an online database of images and information. You will also hear from staff, volunteers and members about what the collection means to them.

Over the next few months, we will be working hard to document our collection and make a database of images and information available online. More than just taking a snapshot, for this project we will be in touch with artists, and institutions to gather information and permission to digitize art. With the support of the Museums and Technology Fund through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, we intend that students, researchers and art audiences alike are able to use this resource and learn about the visual culture and art of Canada.

– Nadia Kurd, Curator

(Image: Photographer Klaus Rossler showing Registrar Jaime-Brett Sine and Project Manager Meaghan Eley the “ins and outs” of digital photography, March 2013).


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