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Lowe Art Museum event explores the future of art and AI

Explore the impact of artificial intelligence on the art world by joining Cecilia Paterno and Jake Riina, interns with the University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum, for a virtual event.
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Students Cecilia Paterno and Jake Riina will moderate a virtual program titled "AI and the Future of Art."

The progress in artificial intelligence has led to debates and discussions, particularly in academic settings. Some argue that this technological advancement infringes on the rights of artists, while others welcome the improvements it brings. 

For these reasons, two interns at the Lowe Art Museum are inviting the campus community to join their virtual program, “AI and the Future of Art,” on Friday, Nov. 10. The program will delve into how AI is transforming the way we create, interpret, and experience art in museums and the broader world. The event is free and open to the public. 

Moderators for the virtual program include Cecilia Paterno, an Italian exchange student studying economics and management; Jake Riina, a sophomore majoring in innovation technology and design. By hosting the event, Paterno and Riina seek to provide a space that will address concerns and allow for deeper understanding or appreciation of the technology.  

“We believe that AI has the potential to revolutionize the way that we experience and interact with art,” said Riina, who created the event flyer using AI technology. “It’s a rapidly evolving field, and we wanted to explore how these advancements can enhance or disrupt the museum visitor’s experience.” 

As AI continues to advance, it is expected to have an impact on the art world and beyond. It has become increasingly popular not only professional for artists but beginners too. From editing photos with the click of a button to creating designs based solely on keywords, AI is rapidly transforming the art industry. 

“We want to create a conversation and give our audience a brief introduction about the current trends related to AI and its implications in the world of art,” said Paterno. “We developed a set of questions to address specific topics related to the new role of AI and the impacts it’s having on museums.” 

This semester, Paterno and Riina, along with four other interns, were mentored by Tola Porter, museum educator for academic and public programs and Mark Osterman, manager of museum digital experience. 

“This program is the brilliant brainchild of two of our fall semester interns,” said Porter. “The Lowe Art Museum internship is a semester-long professional development opportunity that exposes students to careers in the museum and cultural sector.” 

Paterno and Riina encourage students and faculty and staff members to contribute with their opinions and their ideas . The pair’s goal is to utilize the data collected to summarize key points and share them through articles and social media posts.  

“Jake and Cecilia’s fascination with AI and its impact on the art world and museums drove them to prepare this exciting program, which will combine a presentation about several cutting-edge issues associated with AI and art,” said Porter. 

“We aim to contribute to a broader conversation beyond the University of Miami,” Paterno pointed out. 

Visit the University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum website for more information.