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published: March 2004
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Peter Samis
Associate Curator, Program Manager
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Interactive Education Technology
151 Third Street
San Francisco CA
94103-3159 USA

Peter Samis is Associate Curator of Education and Program Manager for Interactive Educational Technologies at the SFMOMA. He has been working at SFMOMA since 1988. In 1993, he served as art historian/content expert for the first CD-ROM on modern art, American Visions: 20th Century Art from the Roy R. Neuberger Collection. Shortly thereafter, working with outside consultants and a team of dedicated interns and volunteers, he spearheaded the development of three multimedia programs for the inauguration of SFMOMA's new building in 1995. Since then, SFMOMA’s interactive educational technology programs have received numerous awards from sources as diverse as the American Association of Museums, the National Educational Media Network, and I.D. Magazine. Points of Departure, the Museum’s 2001 exhibition that experimented with the integration of new technologies directly alongside the art in the SFMOMA galleries, was awarded AAM’s 2002 Gold Muse Award for best use of new technologies in an art museum setting. More recently, he has been working with the NMC to upgrade Pachyderm, SFMOMA's multimedia authoring and publishing tool, for use in museum and university education. Samis holds a BA in Religion from Columbia College in New York, and an MA in the History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley. He lectures widely and writes on both multimedia- and art-related topics, and his team continues to produce innovative content for SFMOMA’s galleries, Web site, and the new Koret Visitor Education Center.

Peter will present Making Sense of Modern Art at five.