We’re pleased to announce that the Walters Art Museum’s Online Collection Website has been named an Official Honoree in the 2012 Webby Awards in the category of cultural institutions. The Walters' collection website, launched in September, contains downloadable images and detailed information about more than 10,000 objects in the museum's permanant collection. Images are provided under a creative commons licensee, making them freely available. Construction of the website was funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Walters, along with our partner agency, Fastspot are both very proud to be among the industry leaders recognized by the Webby Awards, which are known as the Internet's most respected symbol of success. Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by the New York Times, the Webbys are the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, in categories ranging from Websites and interactive advertising and media to online film and video, mobile, and apps.
This year, nearly 10,000 entries were received from all fifty states and nearly sixty countries. The top 15 percent of entries merit Official Honoree distinction, which denotes exceptional quality and remarkable achievement.
Winners are chosen by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a global organization dedicated to developing the creative, technical, and professional progress of the Internet and evolving forms of interactive media. New members of the academy include CEO of Skype, Tony Bates, shft.com co-founder Adrian Grenier, CEO of Rovio Mikael Hed, and co-founder of Instagram Kevin Systrom, as well as director Darren Aronofsky, Martha Stewart, Huffington Post Media Group President Arianna Huffington, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, musician David Bowie, Internet co-creator Vint Cerf, Virgin Group Chairman Richard Branson, and R/GA Chairman and CEO Bob Greenberg.