Reference help for finding images and art resources
- Guidance in utilizing the VRC Image Collection and online Art Databases for teaching and research.
- General introduction to the Visual Resource Center's resources.
- Provide course-integrated information literacy instruction in the classroom or in the Visual Resource Center, focused on the tools needed for a specific research assignment.
- Support for digital humanities projects and technology.
- Rooms to study or work on projects.
Image Database and Resources
Providing images for art education and research is the core function of the Visual Resource Center. While some images can be obtained publicly from museum and gallery websites, and some purchased from commercial vendors, many art images are not available. Therefore, the VRC’s cataloging and digitizing service is integral to the educational goals set forth by the Art Department. In addition to the creation of images, the VRC also creates PDFs of articles and book chapters for faculty members to use for teaching and research.
The VRC provides course support to the Art Department by digitizing large numbers of images, which are specialized and are not generally available. All digital images are delivered through the VRC Image Collection. To find out if we can support your course, please email the VRC Director for more information.
Since 2013, the VRC acquires only born-digital materials, which are accesible through the VRC Image Collection.
The VRC, along with the Visual Resources Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries, believes that copying and scanning art work, images and text under certain limitations does not violate copyright law when it adheres to the guidelines set forth by the Fair Use Exemptions.
The VRC is not responsible for any aspect of the use of digital images.
If you have questions about copyright and fair use of images, please contact the Visual Resources Specialist.
Collections are established and maintained following the recocommendations and needs of the Art Department faculty. Students may suggest items to be added to the Visual Resource Center collections. Each request will be evaluated according to our collection development policy and the budget limits of the Art Department.
Image courtesy of Anna Delgado