About the Williams College Museum of Art

The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) is a museum at the Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The WCMA was established by Karl Weston in 1926. Karl Weston was an art professor whose mission for the museum was to give students the opportunity to experience art more hands-on and directly. The museum has continuously grown into the collection that it is to present day and includes more than 14,000 pieces of art-work, with it having a forte in contemporary art as well as photography and prints. Many of the art pieces have been donated and acquired based on the cultural shifts as well as evolving curriculum. The museum’s mission is to “make dynamic art experiences to incite new thinking about art, museums, and the world.” We will take a closer look into the collection that spans from the 1960’s to the end of the 1970’s to better understand the artwork of that era as well as looking through the perspective of the college of that time. 


Our Data

Sources: Our dataset was about the collection of artwork at the Williams College Museum of Art. The information presented in the dataset was informative of the artwork’s ID, accession number, title, maker, department, classification, culture, period, creation date, creation date- earliest, creation date-latest, source name, object name, medium, dimensions, description, credit line, paper support, catalogue raisonne, portfolio, signed, marks, inscriptions, and filename of the image. 

Processed: We narrowed down our research to only analyze the artwork of the 1960s and 1970s. Thus, our dataset was edited, and we created a separate spreadsheet. We also narrowed down the amount of images and were able to gather the images of the artworks from the 1960s and 1970s.  We chose to analyze how the 1960s and 1970s reflected on the artwork at the museum and in doing that we analyzed color in relation to the time the piece was created, what kind of art was being created in those decades, and what artists were prominent in those years and how that reflected the artwork most popular during that time period.  To make the data visualizations, we used Google Fusion tables, as well as ImagePlot, which let us analyze the images in our dataset and make a conclusion based on those images.  

Presented: We presented our findings with a simple layout that was also visually appealing. To do that, we used WordPress. Because our dataset was concerned with artworks, we included a gallery. We separated the pages by content in order to ensure an understanding narrative, including the visualizations under the tabs labeled by how we analyzed the data. We also included a timeline in the homepage to help introduce how we were analyzing how the 1960s and 1970s had an affect on the artwork of that time. 


Meet the Team


Meet our Project Manager, Grace Lim. She oversaw the project by ensuring efficient communication among team members and by keeping track of important deadlines.



Meet our Web Specialist, Carter Allen. He oversaw the design and structure of the site while also ensuring the content was flawlessly put together.



Meet our Data Specialist, Maggie Shi. She oversaw the Williams College Museum’s dataset and she was responsible for organizing, refining, and augmenting it together.



Meet our Data Visualization Specialist, Genesis Carrillo. She oversaw the data visualization for this project. She worked alongside the Data Visualization team in order to provide all of the necessary visuals.



Meet our Data Visualization Specialist, Samantha Lee. She oversaw the project’s data visualizations. She worked alongside the Data Visualizations team in order to ensure that all of the data was accurately accounted for. 



Meet our Content Specialist, Ruby Delgado. She oversaw the authoring of the site’s main narrative and ensured that the data visualizations were integrated neatly with the written content.


Chad Weinard

Chad Weinard is the Mellon Digital Projects Manager at the Williams College Museum of Arts. As we took on this project, he assisted us by answering questions and providing further information about the Williams College Museum of Arts.