Robin Dowden, Adjunct Faculty
Robin Dowden is an independent consultant working at the intersection of technology and museums. From 1997-2015 she worked at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis as the Director of Technology and New Media Initiatives. There she led the department responsible for developing the Walker’s use of interactive and emerging technologies including the Walker’s websites, multimedia computer applications, mobile interpretive resources, and projects to create digital resources. From 1997 to 2009 she directed the development of ArtsConnectEd, a website that provides access to works of art and educational resources from the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Walker Art Center for K-12 educators, students, and scholars. From 1998 to 2003 she directed mnartists.org, an online resource for Minnesota artists developed by the Walker and the McKnight Foundation.
During Ms. Dowden’s tenure, the Walker’s new media team was heralded as a leader in the museum sector. Their work has received multiple awards, most recently the Best of the Web in Research/Collections Online for the Living Collections Catalogue. In 2012, the Walker was awarded the American Association of Museums’ Gold Muse Award for Online Presence, and Museums & the Web’s Best of the Web awards in the Innovative/Experimental category as well as Best Overall site for the redesign of the Walker’s website. The redesign established the Walker’s digital presence as a hub for ideas related to contemporary art and expanded the vision of what a museum could be online.
Prior to joining the Walker, Ms. Dowden was the Collections Systems and Web Site Manager at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. She holds a BA in art history from Arizona State University and attended graduate school in art history at the University of California, Davis.