Your Virtual Exhibit
This project is your opportunity to venture beyond your textbook and discover more art
from the cultures that we cover in this class. You will create an exhibit theme, identify 6 to 10
objects, develop thematic and object labels, and then install your exhibit in a virtual gallery.
Your theme or topic might explore a question (“What would you see in a Roman villa?”), a
common subject (“Representations of Women in Greek Sculpture”), ancient techniques (Niello
Swords and Decorated Weapons), or architecture (The Most Intimidating Royal Palaces). You
can select objects from books, local museums, or online.
There are no restrictions on where you locate objects online. I recommend museum sites,
such as the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Museum of Fine
Arts in Boston, the British Museum, the Louvre, the State Museums of Berlin, the Vatican, the
Acropolis Museum in Athens, the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, the Royal Ontario
Museum in Toronto, the University of Pennsylvania Museum, the Israel Museum, the Cairo
Museum, and the Iraq Museum in Baghdad. Other recommended online sources include the
Google Art Project, Wikiart.org, the Art History section at besthistorysites.net, and the Met’s
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History.
We will complete this project in steps (with graded feedback):
1) Initial Thoughts (20 Points). Submit a potential topic or idea (under 250 words). What idea
do you want to explore? What object or group of objects would you like to learn more about?
What is a point about art that you wish to make? Begin researching your topic and select one
object that may be central to your exhibit.
2) Theme (20 Points). Submit the theme or topic that you will explore with artworks. You may
think of this as similar to a thesis for a research paper. Submit a title with a 2-3 sentence
description and a list four references that were most helpful in your research thus far. Your
sources must include at least three print sources, eBooks or eArticles. (Do not list your textbook
or wiki sources. Please be sure that you are citing your sources correctly. MLA is preferred.)
3) Objects (20 Points). Submit a list of the 6-10 objects that you have selected for your exhibit.
Each object should have object information that includes Name, Artist (if possible), Material,
Relative and/or Absolute Date, Culture, Ancient Context, Scale, Current Location, Image and a
URL of the image used.
4) Three-Object Post (20 Points). Please post an exhibit label that introduces your theme
(approximately 400-600 words), and post images and labels for three of your objects. Each object
label should include its object info (from previous step) and a brief description (200-400 words)
that clarifies how this object explores the central idea of your exhibit.
5) Peer Comments (40 Points). You will be assigned to review the “Three-Object Post” written
by two of your classmates. Both laudatory and critical comments are mandatory. Critical
comments must offer ideas for improvement or stipulate realistic paths for enhancing their
exhibit. For editorial comments, do not rewrite the entirety of someone else’s label, but offer
one or two suggestions for re-phrasing or clarifying some statements.
6) Online Exhibit (80 points). Submit your final project to me, which includes your thematic
label(s), your images and labels for 6-10 objects, and your bibliography. You should also submit
a design of your gallery space that clearly demonstrates how your objects and thematic label(s)
would be installed in this exhibit. This may be as simple as a scanned hand-drawing of the gallery
space or recorded PowerPoint video (as long as it is saved in a format that is easily viewed, such
as pdf, jpeg, pptx, or mp4). You may submit a text-based document, a slide presentation or a
virtual space with links to images and labels. The format of this final presentation is up to you.
Your grade will be based on your research, your critical and creative thought on the topic, the
compelling nature of your theme, the clarity of your labels, and the appropriateness and variety
of your object selection, all as stated in your Virtual Exhibit Rubric.
There are more detailed instructions in the Virtual Exhibit Module on Canvas.
Your Virtual Exhibit
Your Virtual Exhibit