D.I.G. Projects


Stamp Art Gallery Model: Years ago the Collaboratory created virtual models in Sketchup of the University of Maryland Art Gallery and the Herman Maril Gallery, the two most prominent exhibition spaces in the Parren J. Mitchell Art and Sociology Building, models that are available for download and re-use to anyone with an interest in curating and in museum spaces. To this collection has been added a handsome model of the Stamp Art Gallery, complete with preset scenes that utilize the Stamp’s temporary wall system.

Life, Death, and Lekythoi: Learn more about ancient Greek funerary rites, the emergence of the white ground and polychrome techniques in Greek pottery, and iconographic image analysis in this topically narrow, but highly engaging, site.


Golden Ratio In Art: A recursively repeating sequence found throughout nature that is expressed mathematically as 0.618, or phi (ϕ), the Golden Ratio often has been cited scholarship as the basis for works of art throughout art and architecture. This site explores the Golden Ratio as an idea and as an element in art and design, with results that may surprise.

Gods, Saints, and Heroes: At some point in time, someone viewing a work of western art will be stumped by that work’s subject. Though generically clear as a religious or mythical figure, the specific identification may elude recognition. Artists leave clear signs of identity in the form of attributes, such as a palm branch, a winged shoe, or a thunderbolt, but our modern knowledge of these indexical signs and symbols may be lacking. While many handbooks exist explaining these symbols and signs, this website offers a first-ever convenience for twenty-first viewers: direct access on mobile devices.

Bip[Art]isan: Hosted by Caroline Paganussi and Bart Pushaw, this podcast features the two engaged in a conversation about topical subjects and their relation to the world of art. A fascinating and energetic 15 minutes, the first episode is “Boats.”

The Art of Making Testudo: Adopting a “man-on-the-street” interview style, this video explores campus member’s attitudes towards, and knowledge of, Testudo, particularly as a work of art with a ritual focus. This different exploration of the popular statue of a Diamondback Terrapin that informs and inspires contemporary conceptions of the University Mascot will have you rubbing his nose next time you walk into McKeldin Library.

Riversdale House Museum: Using as a platform Augmented Reality, members of the D.I.G. built a number of visitor enhancement interventions to complement the physical exhibition at the Riversdale House Museum of the 200th Anniversary of an exhibition there of an important collection of European art that was stored for safekeeping in the house during the Napoleonic Wars.



In 2014-2105 the members of the DIG explored a wide range of the capabilities of Omeka + Neatline in a number of sites, links to which are below. A few of the GAs have documented their process of developing Omeka + Neatline sites in order to shorten the learning curve for those who follow, which one can access here. In addition to having as their basis Omeka + Neatline, all of these projects share another thing in common: they are hosted here at artinterp.org.

Fifteenth-Century Italian Art: This site, conceived as a platform for teaching the history of quattrocento Italian art, incorporates maps, aerial views of cities and monuments, and timelines to contextualize individual works of art.

Streams of Being: An online companion to an exhibition of works from the AMA (Art Museum of the Americas) that graduate and undergraduate students from the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland, working with Dr. Abigail McEwen, curated in March 2015 at the Art Gallery.

Flowers in a Glass Vase: Omeka forms the necessary base for this wonderful exploitation of Neatline’s capacity for mapping, in this case the blooms in Ambrosius Bosschaert’s Flowers in a Glass Vase, 1621 (National Gallery of Art). Ever wondered about the identity of each flower? Now you’ll know.

Marlene J. Mayo Oral Histories | Gordon W. Prange Collection: This collaborative project between the Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture and The University of Maryland Libraries’ Gordon W. Prange Collection, aims to enhance accessibility to valuable first-hand accounts of the Occupation of Japan on the University of Maryland campus and beyond.

The impact of DIG projects and activities is advancing experimentation in the classroom. During spring 2015 students in a graduate seminar taught by Professor Jason Kuo on the artist Lo Ch’ing, a contemporary artist, curated an exhibition of the artist’s works that is entirely online, built on the Omeka platform and hosted at ArtinTerp. Lo Ch’ing: The Poetry of Postmodern Landscape, contains not only a selection of the artist’s works, but scholarly essays, and a transcription of an interview with the artist.