Monthly Archives: February 2013

Other notions on the mobile art tour- app!

I am so excited to post about other emerging mobile apps featuring art in public institutions, locales and in public installations. For example this one called MTA, features the public art of NYC’s subway system!

Take the MTA tour online!

It was launched last Spring 2012, while a parallel local concept called the ARt project, was launched just a couple of months later last July 2012, at the Science, Technology and Art community – university partnership festival, called da Vinci Days!

So far the ARt project has had a wildly successful initial public launch, reflecting seven months of collaborative proof-of-concept design & development from the vary talented initial ARteam. It has enjoyed pre-festival media attention as a feature story on the front page of the local GT:

the ARt project featured in the local paper

Post launch opportunities have also included a peer review presentation in October 2012, at the emergent Learning Commons- regional, annual conference that was held in Portland, OR.

There continues to be overwhelming support among the arts, academic and digital learning communities locally and regionally as the ARt project continues on its developmental path at OSU.
With pending recommendation to the OSU Engineering Capstone projects list this summer 2013, project visionary and post-Bacc student, Kerrie B. Wrye is wearing many hats to get the project settled in a homebase, and is currently searching for new funding partners who will help her to see this project all the way through.

Interested funders are welcome to contact her at:



Hanging on to this link


the ARt project- blog


the ARt project started October 2011, from the original vision of an OSU post-Bacc student and community artist.

Kerrie B. Wrye, wants to make the local arts resources on the OSU campus more accessible and understandable for people.

“Why make the arts accessible?”  you might ask. Doesn’t everybody already have more access to culture through technology, and films for example?

One part of the response is to focus this approach on accessibility, to include those who may not ever ask about or participate in the arts.

The artist knows first-hand, how art and design can truly help to bridge gaps between our communication with others, and understanding ourselves in relation to the daily interactions we each navigate in the world, both locally and globally.

Through  a lifetime of experimental explorations in both art and human understanding, the artist has gained insight on an innovative way to start building inclusive access  by focusing on the permanent art across the Oregon State University campus.

It is a relative-sized, local collection with many beautiful examples of contemporary art. Works that provoke laughter, thoughtfulness, and outright amazement in the discovery of all each work has to offer. Two more wonderful things: it’s free and looking over and over, doesn’t get old. Looking long, deeply and even over time grows into a relationship based on one’s eyes, and so much more.

The permanent art collection is spread across the entire campus, and even though the total count is as yet unknown, it’s also true the first piece brought into the collection and when, are also details yet to learn.

This collection provides a really perfect way to get to know the academic setting and the surrounding community at-large.

In so many important ways, the ARt project already participates in providing among the best initial reasons for getting to know the university.

For example, how many people would expect to find a thriving and diversified humanities program at a university dominated by research in the sciences, engineering, forestry, agriculture and business? It wasn’t until the mid-1920’s,  when a man from Utah by the name of Fairbanks was hired to create the first art program at OSU.

Today, in the 21st C, the ARt project is a mobile application proof-of-concept prototype, that already provides interactive access to one delightful portion of the permanent art collection at OSU.