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The Pearlman Collection

Award Category 
Drupal Version 
Brief Overview 

The Pearlman Collection's interactive galleries allow users to experience the collection and its artwork in an innovative way. Users can create their own galleries, choosing any piece from the gallery and displaying them at will. There is also a wealth of information on the site about the artists whose work is part of the collection and the individual pieces.

Launch or Publication Date 
Monday, January 21, 2013
Owner's Name 
The Pearlman Foundation
Development Company 
Bluespark uses a perfect blend of thoughtful user experience solutions, creative design and solid development to create websites and web apps with Drupal that exceed client expectations.
Why Drupal Was Chosen 
Drupal was chosen because the foundation needed a user-friendly cms for to display and manage their galleries.
Describe the Project (Goals, Requirements, and Outcome) 

The Pearlman Foundation asked Bluespark to build a simple, elegant and intuitive interface for making the Pearlman Collection accessible, in the highest quality, to audiences both wide and deep—ranging from scholars and art historians to students and the general public.

Bluespark worked closely with the Pearlman Foundation to develop a bolder online presence than most public institutions—or private institutions with more cautious decision processes—are able to do. By leveraging the robust capabilities of Drupal’s CMS (Content Management System), the Pearlman Collection website employs rich metadata and high-resolution images to deliver innovative ways of experiencing art in the digital realm.


The site offers many ways of experiencing the Pearlman Collection, starting with the home page, which features a CoverFlow-style image carousel for intuitively and efficiently viewing the complete works of the collection.

The ‘Create Your Own Gallery’ page lets users shape their own exhibition experience by selecting and arranging works from the collection in any order they choose. This feature empowers a broad range of users—whether scholars, students or enthusiasts—to explore such things as relationships between works in the collection, the evolution of an artist’s style, etc.

The site also supports in-depth scholarly research into the Pearlman Collection’s artists and art works, with background information, critical perspectives, and links to related resources for every work in the collection.

Type of Nomination 
Additional developers