The Anne and Michael Spalter Digital Art Collection (Spalter Digital), Providence, RI, is one of the world’s largest private collections of early computer art, comprising over 600 works from the second half of the twentieth century. Spalter Digital, which focuses on plotter drawings but includes other 2D media as well as sculpture and 16mm film, is home to major and iconic examples from key artists in the field.
Spalter Digital has loaned work to the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa (Venice), the Daelim Museum (Seoul), and others.
Anne Spalter is a digital mixed media artist and academic who founded Brown’s and RISD’s digital fine arts programs in the 1990s. She is the author of The Computer in the Visual Arts (Addison-Wesley, 1999) and is on the board of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). Michael Spalter is the chairman of the board of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). He is on the advisory boards of Harvard University’s cultural entrepreneurship program and the Nantucket Project. In 2017, Michael was tapped for the Whitney Museum of American Art’s inaugural Digital Art Acquisition Committee.