Chief Digital Information Officer
In this session, Jane Alexander, Chief Digital Information Officer at the Cleveland Museum of Art, will discuss the digital innovations behind the world-renowned, award-winning ARTLENS Gallery, a radical, immersive digital initiative that includes the ArtLens Exhibition, ArtLens Wall, ArtLens Studio, ArtLens App, and a digital Beacon that showcases user-generated content from throughout the space. Designed for the digital native and transitioning away from touchscreen technology, ARTLENS Gallery uses AR 3D scanning, eye-tracking, gesture-sensing, and facial recognition technology. CMA has created experiences to attract not distract from the art. ARTLENS Gallery aims to minimize the intimidation of the art museum by providing visitors with concepts of how to look at art while exploring the collection. In addition, Jane will discuss a recently published two-year long study on the impact of digital technology in museums. Finally, she will give a glimpse into a future scholarly exhibition that will include HoloLens technology.
Jane Alexander, Chief Digital Information Officer began working at CMA in March 2010. Throughout her time at the CMA, Alexander has implemented a vision for innovation, technology, and digital strategies best applied to the CMA’s mission.
In 2012, Alexander introduced the award-winning Gallery One and mobile app to CMA, transforming the museum into one of the most technologically advanced and engaging art destinations in the world. Continuing to innovate, she launched ARTLENS Gallery, the second iteration of the space, in September 2017. Removing the barriers of the previous iteration, ARTLENS Gallery encourages visitors to look closer and engage with the museum’s collection using gesture based technology.
Previously, Alexander developed and directed Columbia University’s acclaimed distance education program, as well as the development of university-wide resources for instructional technology and methodology. In Cleveland, Alexander has worked on several high-profile projects, notably as the virtual Chief Technology Officer to the Great Lakes Science Center, as well as the technology design consultant to Frank Gehry’s Peter B. Lewis Campus at Case Western Reserve University.
Alexander holds a Bachelor’s of Science and a Master’s of Science in Applied Mathematics as well as a Bachelor’s of Arts in Architecture from Columbia University.