The Ed Bachta Memorial Scholarship at MCN 2015

Nominations are now being accepted for The Ed Bachta Memorial Scholarship at MCN 2015. The 2015 scholarship–representing conference registration, travel expenses, accommodation, and a daily stipend–will allow one museum professional (or a student or professional in a related field) to attend Museum Computer Network 2015. The conference will take place from November 4-7, 2015, in Minneapolis, MN.

About Ed Bachta and the Bachta Memorial Scholarship:

In January of 2013, our friend and colleague Ed Bachta passed away at the age of thirty-six. A senior application developer at the Indianapolis Museum of Art for five years, Ed was a key member of the IMA Lab team that developed groundbreaking projects for the museum community, including Steve.Museum, Art Babble, TAP and TourML, and the Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI) toolset, as well as innovative web and interactive projects for the Indianapolis Museum of Art such as the IMA dashboard and FLOW Can You See the River. People who had the privilege of knowing Ed will remember him as a quiet and gentle man, with a sly sense of humor and a passion for his work. Though he was a technical wizard with a background in data visualization and human computer interaction, Ed was also an infinitely patient translator of technology who helped less technical members of the museum community apply and embrace advanced computing techniques. The Ed Bachta Memorial Scholarship was started in 2013 with contributions from Ed’s friends in the museum community who wanted to honor his achievements and collaborative spirit.

How to Nominate a Scholarship Candidate:

We hope to award this year’s scholarship to a current or future colleague in the museum field who represents Ed’s spirit of community, sense of curiosity, humor, and decency. We’re looking to support someone with an interest in actively participating in our community’s work, and who would be fun to have a drink with. We’d love to support a first-time conference attendee, though that’s not a requirement for winning the scholarship. To nominate someone (including yourself), please send us a brief text (250 words) or video (3 minutes maximum) describing the reasons why we should meet your candidate. Please ascertain in advance that your candidate is able to attend the conference and is willing to be nominated. Finalists will be interviewed by members of the Scholarship Team this summer, and a winner will be selected by August 1, 2015.

Please send your nominations to by no later than June 1, 2015.

The Ed Bachta Memorial Scholarship Team:

The scholarship is administered by friends and former colleagues of Ed’s, including Kristen Arnold, Dallas Museum of Art; Gray Bowman, Indianapolis Museum of Art; Susan Chun, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Kyle Jaebker, Indianapolis Museum of Art; Emily Lytle-Painter, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Rob Stein, Dallas Museum of Art; and Rita Troyer, Indianapolis Museum of Art.

To Support the Scholarship Fund:

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About Rich Cherry

Rich Cherry offers consulting services that leverage his 20 years in non-profits along with 30 years of technology and operations experience. I have served as an executive director, COO, deputy director, CTO and CIO at several world class organizations. I have run and revitalized existing institutions and built new museums and non-profits from the ground up and have overseen more than $300 million in construction and capital projects. My work as co-chair of the largest museum technology conference and as co-editor of its proceedings gives me unique access to colleagues working at the forefront of innovation in the cultural sector. Most recently Rich was the deputy director of The Broad, a new award winning contemporary art museum in downtown Los Angeles. The Museum opened to rave reviews in 2015 and immediately joined the top 100 most attended art museum in the world. He oversaw all aspects of the museum’s operations, including visitor services, collection management, information technology, finance, retail, security, human resources, marketing and communications, parking operations and facilities. Prior to the museum’s opening, Rich managed the planning, design and construction of The Broad, its parking structure and adjacent outdoor plaza and streetscape updates. In working with the museum team to design The Broad as an innovative visitor experience, Rich also initiated and implemented the museum’s mobile ticketing, mobile retail, and a mobile audio app with contextually aware content. He also designed and implemented an award-winning visitor service floor staff program that utilized a custom-designed online learning management system to train a diverse team of associates in security, customer service, art and architecture. Previously, Cherry was the founding director of the Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC), a consortium of 27 cultural organizations working together to facilitate and execute the use of online technology in the museums, cultural arts, and science institutions in Balboa Park, San Diego. His experience also includes serving as the director of operations at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, where he oversaw information technology, operations, admissions, facilities, security, capital projects and more than $90 million in ongoing construction, and as the chief information officer, director of facilities and head of library and archives at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. He previously was the chief information officer of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and he has also taught New Media theory, web design and animation in the Media Studies department at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Rich serves as co-chair for Museums and the Web, an international conference exploring the social, cultural, design, technological, economic, and organizational issues of museums in a digital world. He also serves as president of the MuseWeb Foundation, which he co-founded to accelerate innovation in both cultural practice and business models. He is currently vice chair of the Culver City Cultural Affairs Commission, a board member of the Culver City Cultural Affairs Foundation and a project advisor on the National Science Foundation funded Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance STEM Program. Before his museum career, Rich worked in technology in the fields of banking, manufacturing, and also worked as a field service engineer. He was also a commercial diver in the Gulf of Mexico and served for six years in the United States Marine Corps.

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