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April 9, 2012 

Karen Cardinal 

Accounting, Marketing and Web Manager 

Telephone 413/542-2551   


AMHERST, Mass.- On March 14, 2012, Assistant to the Director Rachel Rogol launched an online blog jointly inspired by her work at the Mead Art Museum and the art collection of Amherst College. The blog aims to highlight objects from the collection that are not on view in the museum's galleries, and to meaningfully link these works of art to those of other museums' collections and exhibitions around the world.


With a growing collection of oil paintings, sculptures, ceramics, furniture, textiles, glassware, prints, and drawings dating from ancient times to the present day, the Mead displays as much of the collection as possible at any given time, and objects that are not on view in the galleries are always accessible to visitors by appointment in the Mead's William Green study room. Mead Musings aims to offer yet another 'space' in which objects from the collection can be seen, and to reach a broad audience by bringing objects from the collection into an online space available to viewers across the globe.

Ms. Rogol shares her enthusiasm for the new blog, saying, "I'm excited to launch what I hope will eventually be an online archive of genuine source material for students and scholars of art history that would be otherwise unfamiliar with some of the objects in the Mead's collection." In its current stage of development, the blog is updated with new posts every other week and provides a comment section on each post for visitors to share feedback.


Visit the blog online at


The Mead Art Museum houses the art collection of Amherst College, spanning 5,000 years and encompassing the creative achievements of many world cultures. An accredited member of the American Association of Museums, the Mead participates in Museums10, a regional cultural collaboration. The museum and its gift shop-café are open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-round, and until midnight on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday during the academic term.For more information, please visit  or call 413/542-2335.