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Assoc. Curator, Interpretive Media
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Peter Samis is Associate Curator of Interpretive Media at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). He attended the first ICHIM conference in Pittsburgh in 1991 and lived to tell the tale, then served as art historian/content expert for the first CD-ROM on modern art in 1993; taken together, these two facts make him something of a living fossil! Other fun events along the way with his most excellent SFMOMA Interactive Educational Technologies (IET) team: first implementation of multimedia PDAs in an art museum for SFMOMA’s 2001 "Points of Departure" exhibition; three AAM Muse Awards in one year (2006) and a “Best of the Web” in the category Innovative and Experimental” for "SFMOMA Artcasts" in 2007. Recently, the IET team has produced "Making Sense of Modern Art Mobile", the museum’s new mobile multimedia guide, which is distributed for free to visitors on the iPod Touch.

Once upon a time Samis studied religion and anthropology at Columbia and in Paris, and went on to earn an M.A. in art history at U.C., Berkeley. Since then he has taught, curated, written, and been active in the development of myriad interpretive technologies for cultural heritage. He especially values the human relationships behind all this work, and the rich and varied content that comes with working in an art museum. He was a founding instructor in the TEC-CH Masters program at the University of Lugano, and has served on the board of the New Media Consortium ( and the advisory councils of three collaborative museum-focused initiatives: Pachyderm 2.0 (, ArtBabble (, and Open Exhibits (

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