The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art is now a proud participating venue of Smartify.
Smartify is a free app that helps museum visitors make meaningful connections with the art and artists represented in the galleries. Through image recognition technology, the application uses your smartphone camera to scan and recognize artwork. Once scanned, users will be presented with more information about the artworks, the artists who made them, and the option to curate their own digital collection. Smartify will connect with text-to-voice apps for those with visual impairments or anyone who would like to hear label information read aloud.
Download Smartify free today for Apple and Android devices from the Apple Store or Google Play Store. To use it at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, open the app and point the camera at any artwork with the Smartify logo on the label. The app will instantly recognize the artwork and load information onto your screen.
Smartify entries have been developed by museum staff for artwork in the museum’s permanent collection galleries as well as temporary exhibitions. Selected entries were created for last winter’s exhibition, Pete Souza: Two Presidents, One Photographer. Former White House photographer and K-State alum Souza was so pleased with the museum’s use of the application, he made Smartify entries for every photograph a part of the exhibition during the rest of its national tour.
Smartify is a UK-registered Community Interest Company (CIC) and is supported by Innovate U.K. and the European Union. Participating museums include the National Gallery in London, Royal Academy of Fine Arts in London, and in the U.S., Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and many other great museums all over the world.
The museum is grateful for support from the Weary Family Foundation that made additional staff assistance available during the first year of Smartify preparation and implementation.
To learn more about Smartify, go to https://smartify.org/