1. To design and build a visual and media literate web portal
for the Arts and Philosophy Department, through which all
departmental areas could be accessed.
2. To design and build a web presence for the Wolfson Galleries,
with components that address the informational and educational
needs of M-DCC and community.
3. To design and build a Visual Arts Web to serve the M-DCC art
students and faculty as well as the art community at-large. This
site was to include a departmental web—with all pertinent
info, such as current course offerings, faculty and staff contacts,
departmental financial aid, sample curriculum, advice on ‘life
after the AA degree’ and so on. Also included: Very extensive
links to Art Museums and Galleries, Materials , Techniques, Art
History, and Career info.
4. Philosophy site with discussion web was to be created by Alfredo
Triff, under my art direction.
All of the above was accomplished, with the exception of Alfredo
Triff’s site—which he backed out of due to unforeseen
In addition to the above pre-planned projects, I added a Metromorphosis
Web in October. This is a site for the Wolfson Campus literary
arts magazine. On this site, the viewer can access last years
issue, and important meeting and submission dates. Student editors
who work on the magazine can read current submission, and discuss
them on the MetroMorphosis Editors Discussion Board.
The project also necessitated major changes to my own website,
to accommodate to the new design template.
The project was published in July. And has been edited, amended,
and updated nearly every week. A good website takes consistent
maintenance. This one in particular-- as it is used to post timely
info and event announcements.
Dr. Quiroga has requested that the Urban Arts Portal be used
as the Arts and Philosophy homepage—but has had no luck
in getting the address changed, due to planned overall changes
in the campus web.
The project has several built in evaluation tools. The Visual
Arts Site (most extensive and important of the webs) has a feedback
link, posted prominently in the contents frame. Although it functions
perfectly, no one has ever used it!
Each home page has a Hit Counter, installed at the start of the
Fall 2002 term.
As of today:
Urban Arts Web Portal: 750
Wolfson Galleries: 900
Visual Arts Web: 650
These numbers are not as high as they could be, because the site
is extremely difficult to find, without knowing the lengthy address.
I have not had cooperation in putting a link to the site on the
Arts and Philosophy site, and as mentioned, Mercy has not been
able to get the site address changed. My own site is linked to
the A & P homepage and has 2670 hits as of today. (It was
published in August of 2001)
To address this problem, I have listed the address on handouts
available in the Arts and Letters division, advisement and art
studio common areas.
Other feedback has come from students who are happy to have such
a lot of information on one site, from Jennifer Gray, Gallery
Director, who says the “Site puts us on the cultural map.”,
and from faculty members who have said it is a “great service’ to
the students, faculty, and community. I have not received any
negative feedback on the sites.