In her position as the Visual Resources Curator, Anu Vedagiri supports the application and implementation of technology to scholarly and educational issues in the department. She trains and supervises student assistants on all aspects of digital asset management and instructs faculty on the use of the department’s image database.
Since 1995 Professor Vedagiri has been continually involved in issues surrounding the use of digital image information and its impact on the educational community. In 1996 she was appointed Digital Imaging and Design Associate for The Huntington Photographic Archive of Buddhist and Related Art at The Ohio State University, to work with a team of designers and educators in generating interfaces for virtual re-creation and study of 13 sites in India, China, Japan, and Nepal. During 2001-2004, she worked as the Image Editor for the NEH (National Endowment for Humanities) and as Image Content Editor for the Mellon ARTstor, grants awarded to The Huntington Archive.
In addition to her archival experience, Professor Vedagiri has a wide-ranging background in Asian Art History. She received her Ph.D. in South Asian/Indian Art History from The Ohio State University in 2004. She has presented papers at major Asian Art conferences on her research concerning the Hindu god Narasimha, and the goddess Lakshmi. In 2008, Anu was invited by the Department of Art History at The Ohio State University to speak at the Huntington Symposium, honoring Distinguished University Professor Emerita Susan Huntington. In 2007, she was requested by the Department of East Asian Studies at Washington University in cooperation with International Education Consortium (IEC), Cooperating School Districts of St. Louis to conduct a workshop on Asian Films. In 2006, Anu was invited by The Icfai University Press, Hyderabad, India, and, the New South Wales Museum in Sydney, Australia to publish papers, “Five Narasimha temples in Andhra Pradesh: A Case Study of Pilgrim/Tourist in South Asia” (Religious Tourism: An Introduction), and “Goddess Lakshmi” (Goddess: Divine Energy) respectively.
Visual Resource Library
Visual Resource Curator
Department of Art and Art History
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