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SoVA Faculty Member and Alumna brings iBeacons to the Palmer Museum of Art Giving Visitors a Customized Experience

Dana Karlisle Kletchka Demonstrating ibeacons

Soon, there will be new, high-tech additions to the Palmer Museum’s galleries — small electronic devices that will be stuck to walls behind paintings, hidden under shelves or concealed in corners. You won’t be able to see them, but your mobile devices will.

After successfully piloting the iBeacons this summer in the “Window on the West” exhibition, Dana Karlisle Kletchka, affiliate assistant professor of art education, curator of education at the Palmer Museum, and SoVA alumna ('10 Ph.D.), is now in the process of writing content for new iBeacons that will be installed throughout most of the museum’s galleries. She hopes the iBeacons will allow visitors to better understand the way the museum is organized and have more context about both the special exhibitions and the permanent collections.

“Sometimes I’ll lead tours with visitors and focus on the works of art I think are particularly fascinating,” says Kletchka. “I thought it would be wonderful if everyone could have that experience here — they can learn more about the objects they are interested in on their own terms.”

For the full story, by Katie Jacobs, IT Communications, click here.