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AMST Recieves First Place, Twice

09/24/2018 12:58PM ● By Julieta Hernandez

By: Julieta Hernandez

Museum-goers: in case you haven’t been, welcome to the future.

The Art Museum of South Texas (AMST) had two of its major exhibitions receive the 2018 Mountain-Plains Museums Association Exhibit Technology Award earlier this month. The prestigious awards, both of which are first place, are based on AMST’s use of technology to curate the exhibition experience.

Dorothy Hood’s 1918-2000 collection “The Color of Being / El Color de Ser” is her lifetime collection in a guided display incorporating interactive technology, like the DIY virtual painting experience. Here, visitors create digital art with the same techniques Dorothy used. The pieces hang at the AMST until January 8th, but some of the interactive stations have already moved on to other cities. 

Photo courtesy of AMST. "Kenny Wood, 8 yrs."

The “DIGITAL DARKROOM” from the Annenberg Space for Photography almost literally puts a tour guide in your pocket with the augmented reality app: it links to the exhibit itself of 17 different artists from around the world, and you can learn about their work by just pointing your phone at it. AMST plans to work more with augmented reality technology in the future, even with the museum’s permanent collections as was done with this one.

“We are thrilled our peers again recognized the Art Museum of South Texas with an award for our technology efforts associated with exhibitions,” comments AMST Director, Joe Schenk. “The ‘First Place for Exhibit Technology’ award we won for the ‘The Color of Being/El Color del Ser: DOROTHY HOOD (1918-2000)’ exhibition interactive technology and the ‘DIGITAL DARKROOM’ from the Annenberg Space for Photography augmented reality mobile application is quite significant in our ten-state region. I am proud of our museum staff for their accomplishments.”

Sara Morgan, AMST Assistant Director, accepted the first place award in Billings, Montana on 

Photo courtesy of AMST

 September 14th during the Mountain-Plains Museums Association Conference. The AMST’s use of media and technology for interpretive, interactive installations upheld the highest standards of excellence.

Although we trust the critics, both collections are ones you should see for yourself before they move. The Art Museum of South Texas is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m., and closed on Monday. For more information, call 361.825.3513 or visit