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CANCELED: Fowler Museum Online Collections Portal Launch

December 4, 2023 | 12:30PM - 1:30PM


The Fowler Museum is thrilled to announce the launch of its Online Collections Portal—a growing public online database highlighting works from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific in the museum’s care. 

Join Kate Anderson and Carlee S. Forbes for a virtual walk-through and for tips on how users can search for particular works or browse collection highlights and past exhibitions. The Portal allows access to records for thousands of works and their metadata, with new records added regularly. The Fowler is committed to providing greater transparency about the works currently in its care and fostering stronger dialogue with the museum’s many audiences, particularly the communities where these objects were made and used. Community members and scholars around the world will be able to submit research requests and add to our shared knowledge of Fowler objects through the Portal. The site will have both desktop and mobile versions to facilitate broader access.

Kate Anderson is the Mellon Collections Information Coordinator at the Fowler Museum, where she has worked to make the Fowler’s internal database more accessible. She received her master’s in history and museum studies from Tufts University. She previously worked at the Autry Museum of the American West and the Adamson House Museum.

Carlee S. Forbes is the Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the Fowler Museum, where she researches African objects donated by the Wellcome Trust in 1965. Forbes received her PhD in art history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked with the Ackland Art Museum, the North Carolina Museum of Art, and the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. Her research focuses on art produced during the colonial period in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on museum and collecting histories, and on issues of provenance. 

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