OHIO OUTDOOR SCULPTURE INVENTORY (OOSI)
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About the OHIO OUTDOOR SCULPTURE INVENTORY (OOSI)
The Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Inventory (OOSI) provides images, historical data, and condition information on over 1,000 outdoor public sculptures in Ohio. It is a compilation of all the outdoor public sculpture in Ohio that was surveyed during the 1990s through Save Outdoor Sculpture! (SOS!), a federally supported Heritage Preservation program. With federal funding received through the Ohio Arts Council, five arts institutions in Ohio, including The Sculpture Center, trained and supervised SOS! Ohio volunteers to locate and record the public outdoor sculptures in their regions. [about SOS! and OOSI Criteria for "outdoor sculpture"]
At the conclusion of SOS!, The Sculpture Center consolidated all the records for Ohio and made them publicly available through OOSI. Ohio is the only state that has this information uniquely available in one readily accessed database and that has the condition reports publicly available. The Sculpture Center’s database was recently rebuilt by the Michael Schwartz Library of Cleveland State University into a more user friendly format and re-launched in 2011. The Sculpture Center is now preparing to make the database updatable so that additional Ohio sculptures, new images, new historical data, and current information on condition can be added to OOSI.
Partnership with the Michael Schwartz Library of Cleveland State University
The Sculpture Center and the Michael Schwartz Library of Cleveland State University partnered to return the Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Inventory to the public realm in 2011. The Sculpture Center gratefully acknowledges the following people at Cleveland State University who made possible the forward migration of the database into its handsome new format on a dedicated CSU server: Library Director Glenda Thornton for her immediate understanding of the educational value of OOSI, the Art Department’s Chairman George Mauersberger and Gallery Director Robert Thurmer for their ongoing support of the critical field of outdoor sculpture preservation, Special Collections Librarian William Barrow for his extraordinary efforts to make available to the public all manner of historical information pertinent to the history of NE Ohio and the larger state, Systems Librarian David Lodwick, Assistant Director for Technical Services Barbara Strauss, and Metadata Librarian Kiffany Francis for their willingness to take on another IT project to revive important research information, and Web Specialist par excellence O. Lauren Felder who created such an attractive and user friendly new format for OOSI.
Data collected for the Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Inventory was gathered initially and in part by volunteers in conjunction with Save Outdoor Sculpture! (SOS!), a joint project of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution (now named the Smithsonian American Art Museum) and the National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property (now named Heritage Preservation). The SOS! project in the state of Ohio was administered by the Ohio Arts Council in partnership with a consortium of agencies: The Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, the City of Dayton Department of Planning, and The Sculpture Center in Cleveland. Records for all 50 states are found in the larger Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
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