Museum launches Web site on Southwest pottery, culture

2:14:19 PM CDT - Friday, March 11, 2005

Wichita State University's anthropology museum has launched a new Web site that allows visitors to learn about Southwest Pueblo pottery and culture. The site, called "Through the Eyes of the Pot: A Study of Southwest Pueblo Pottery and Culture, the Morgan Collection of Southwest Pottery," can be found at holmes.anthropology.museum.

In 2002, the Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology at WSU received more than 100 Southwest pueblo pots and a large library of related books from WSU alumnus Jack Morgan.

On the Web site, the photographs of 109 pots, most of which are from the Morgan collection, can be rotated 360 degrees. The site also contains biographies of 54 potters represented in the collection and the history of the pueblos where the pots were made. Many of the pots were made by well-known and important pueblo artists.

The creation of the Web site was underwritten by Morgan, who also donated funds to the Holmes Museum for the curation and maintenance of his pottery collection. The project took two years to complete, with the Web site being created, researched and designed by students. The Holmes Museum is a dedicated teaching museum.

The project leader was graduate student Julie Schrader. She was assisted by museum staff members Troy Bellford, Sue Cowdery and M. Armghan Mazhar. Jerry Martin, museum director, coordinated the project.

The Morgan collection has been exhibited at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

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