Art Authority offers app internship opportunities to art majors

April 18, 2012 in iAnnouncements (E)

[] Ashland, Oregon - The creators of the award-winning "Art Authority" app line announced today that they are looking for up to 100 summer interns to help improve the app's art collection. Presently including information and access to over 50,000 high-quality works, the goal for the summer program is to increase the collection to 75,000 works, along with upgrading its current images and associated data. Another goal of the project is to provide art students with experience working on a cutting-edge app within their field of study.

The internship program builds on a prototype implemented last summer, which added and improved about 500 works. College students majoring in any art discipline simply need a computer, iPad or iPhone and an Internet connection to apply for, and, if accepted, participate in the program. Participants will work out of their houses or dorm rooms, saving significantly on expenses. The positions are unpaid, but credit may well be available through their school. Perhaps even more important, students will gain valuable real-world experience as the art field follows music, movies, books and photography into the online, digital realm. Students can apply through the Art Authority internship program Web site.

"Recently we upgraded the Art Authority museum, along with a number of its key works, for the new iPad's retina display," said Alan Oppenheimer, president of Art Authority partner Open Door Networks, Inc. "This summer we hope to upgrade most of the collection while providing invaluable experience to art students around the world. Art Authority is quite literally the intersection of technology and art, and we think it's a great alternative to a traditional art internship."

Although responsibilities will vary, many interns will concentrate on the works of specific artists. Others may collaborate with specific museums or collections. Students will scour the Internet, libraries and other sources for images and associated information that can be added to or updated in the Art Authority database. Works published before 1923 or from artists who died before 1942 will be concentrated on, since those works are usually public domain and often free of use restrictions.

Art Authority for iPad is the only iPad Reference app to be named to Apple's Rewind 2011 and Rewind 2010 "best of" lists. It brings over 50,000 high-resolution classic works of art to users' fingertips. Hailed as "an experience unlike any other" and "visually dazzling," the app professionally displays paintings and sculptures by over 1000 major western artists from ancient times through current-day. The app is in use by Seton Hill University and a number of other educational institutions worldwide. Art Authority for Macintosh, iPhone, and Kindle Fire bring similar functionality to these devices.

Art Authority is the product of an innovative collaboration between two separate software companies, Open Door Networks and Project A. The mission of Art Authority is the design, development and deployment of the best ways for users to experience art on their modern-day devices.

Open Door Networks, Inc. was founded in 1995 by Alan Oppenheimer, co-creator of AppleTalk, the original network system for the Macintosh. Open Door is a leading provider of Internet solutions for Apple products. Copyright (C) 1995-2012 Open Door Networks, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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