The University of Tartu Museum has been nominated for an annual award presented by a global university museums’ network

Photo by Andres Tennus

The University of Tartu Museum’s photography exhibition and album A Hundred Faces of the University of Tartu, which links the university’s researchers and the collections preserved by it, is a nominee for the International Council of Museums (ICOM) Committee for University Museums and Collections (UMAC) award.

“The University of Tartu Museum is glad that our exhibition and album have garnered the attention of the UMAC award committee,” said Mariann Raisma, director of the museum and author of the idea behind the project nominated for the award. “It is an honour for us to compete with worthy university museums and their fascinating works,” she added.

Besides the University of Tartu Museum, two university museums from the United Kingdom have been nominated for the UMAC award: Fitzwilliam Museum of the University of Cambridge with its Egyptian Coffins Project, and the Manchester Museum of the University of Manchester with its project that aims to return cultural heritage to indigenous Australians.

The photography exhibition and album A Hundred Faces of the University of Tartu portray the researchers, scientists and lecturers who shape the spirit of the university today together with objects that characterise their personal relationship with the university and their specialty. The artistic photographs create a unique dialogue between the past and present. On the one hand, this is a way of recreating the tradition of academics’ portrait galleries in a modern artistic form, on the other hand, portraits are an excellent source on the history of science that document an era and allow introducing the people active in the University of Tartu as well as its research heritage to a wider audience and exploring the importance and essence of the national university.

The author of the idea behind the project is Mariann Raisma from the University of Tartu Museum. The photographs are by Birgit Püve, and the exhibition and collection were designed by Maarja Roosi from the University of Tartu Press. The project was managed by Karoliina Kalda and Mariann Raisma from the University of Tartu Museum, and Mairo Rääsk. The travelling exhibition and the collection based on it were a part of the program to celebrate the centennial of the University of Tartu as an Estonian-language university.

The photography exhibition is displayed at the University of Tartu Museum. The album is available at the museum shop and the university’s online souvenir shop.

The winner of the UMAC award will be announced on 28 September.

Additional information: Mariann Raisma, director of the University of Tartu Museum, 522 1702, mariann.raisma@ut.ee