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Peter Samis

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Peter Samis is Associate Curator of Education and Program Manager for Interactive Educational Technologies at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He has spearheaded development of SFMOMA’s interactive multimedia programs since the inauguration of its new building in 1995. One of these, Voices & Images of California Art, was awarded the "Best CD-ROM" prize in the American Association of Museums' 1997-98 design competitions, and received AirTouch Communications Foundation and Quantum Corporation grants for widespread dissemination throughout the California schools. Samis and his team won a 2000 People's Voice Webby Award for Best Art Site for their program about video artist Bill Viola (, which made extensive use of QuickTime streaming. Samis's current focus is on the ambitious task of Making Sense of Modern Art– and the development of an authoring tool that enables rapid publishing of broadband Flash and streaming media content to web audiences worldwide. Samis holds an M.A. in the History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in Religion from Columbia College in New York.

Peter will co-teach Making Media the SFMOMA Way.

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