Kennesaw State’s Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art wins Muse Gold award

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KENNESAW, Ga. (May 30, 2013) - Kennesaw State University’s Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art emerged with the top Honeysett & Din Student Gold Award for the Paper Moon exhibit e-catalogue at the 2013 American Alliance of Museums Media and Technology Muse Awards ceremony in Baltimore.

The Muse Awards are presented to institutions that excel in categories including multimedia, education and outreach, online presence and augmented reality. The Honeysett & Din Student Award is granted to student works created for museums or other education institutions as well as class projects, prototypes or concepts. The National Portrait Gallery claimed second prize in the same category.

Other institutions in the running for the prestigious 24th annual Muse awards included the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian Institution.

The Paper Moon e-catalog was produced in partnership with the Zuckerman Museum of Art and the College of the Art’s School of Art and Design. Daniela Dewendt, a recent Kennesaw State University Graphic Communication graduate and student worker for the e-catalogue, represented the Zuckerman Museum of Art at the award ceremony alongside Kirstie Tepper, co-curator of the Paper Moon exhibit.

Reviewed as a “Top Pick of 2012” by ArtsATL, Paper Moon opened on Aug. 30, 2012 at Kennesaw State. According to Tepper, the multimedia exhibition focused on artwork that serves as a substitute for the real thing. The show examined how these substitutes are intended to function, the nature of their appeal and what role authenticity and the ability to “make believe” play in an illusion. The exhibition closed on Dec. 6, 2012.

The supporting Paper Moon e-catalog, designed specifically for use on an iPad and available for free download on iTunes here, provides a multimedia exploration of the exhibition including essays with voice-overs by the authors, documentaries, 360-degree rotation of exhibition pieces and Second-Life demonstrations. “The e-catalog reflected the same idea of substitution as the exhibition,” Dewendt said.

“The e-catalogue was based on a need. We wanted to do things with it that we simply couldn’t do with a print catalog. It just worked perfectly,” she said.

The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art is housed in the Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books at Kennesaw State University.

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In keeping with the Kennesaw State University mission of teaching, research and service, the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art (ZMA) seeks to exhibit, collect, preserve and interpret significant works of art. Through dynamic programming, we encourage the exchange of ideas that inspire, educate and foster an appreciation of the visual arts in our community and the region. The ZMA Art Collection, under the care of the Museum, is a repository for original works of art held in the public trust and serves as a valuable resource for research and education. For more information about the Zuckerman Museum of Art or other divisions within the Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books, please call 678-797-2083.

Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 24,600 from 130 countries.