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Visual Arts Center Library

Scope: Basic resources for articles, images, and resources for the visual arts.
Call number areas to browse:
N (Visual Arts), NA (Architecture), NB (Sculpture), NC (Graphic Arts), ND (Painting)  
NK (Decorative Arts), NX (Arts in General)  
Keywords to search:  art, sculpture, glass, etc., names of artists, types of art such as Baroque or Celtic, names of countries and art.
Subjects to search (Library of Congress): Art, Italy or Art, France, etc.  Names of places or groups of people and "in art" ex: Children in art

Books in our catalog:
Gale Virtual Reference Library (r): Arts and Humanities Through the Eras
Dictionary of Art (REF N31.D5 1996)
Encyclopedia of World Art (REF N31.E4833)
Hands on a potter's wheel. AP Photo/St. Joseph News-Press, Rebecca Hazelwood
Oxford Reference Online: Art & Architecture:
Safari Books Online (over 500 books on graphics)

Library Resources (r): 
AP Images
Biography Reference Bank
CAMIO Catalog of Art Museum Images Online
Grove Art Online is now Oxford Art Online
OmniFile Full Text Select
Online Journals   Oxford Art Online

Internet Resources: 

Artcyclopedia a comprehensive index of every artist represented at hundreds of museum sites, image archives, and other online resources.

Art Babble was conceived, initiated, designed, built, sculpted, programmed, shot, edited, painted and launched by a cross-departmental collection of individuals at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA). It is intended to showcase video art content in high quality format from a variety of sources and perspectives.

Art Movements: a concise reference guide to the major art movements and periods, helping you to learn more about the development and history of art.

Art Movements of the 20th Century:   Brief overview and study guide of 20th century art movements.

Art source:  Web portal that includes subject areas in various art topics, including museum information, image collections, electronic exhibits, art events and art organizations.

Getty Vocabularies: Art and Architecture Thesaurus and Union List of Artists Name  Produced by the Getty Museum, contains 131 thousand art terms, and 120 thousand bibliographic records of artists.

Joan of Art:   Art reference service sponsored by the Smithsonian museum.

Jacques Berger Foundation:  Interactive art web site with digital reproductions covering broad span of various art epochs, though concentrating in ancient and renaissance art

Librarians' Index to the Internet: Arts & Humanities Portal with all sites examined and established by a librarians to be integrity based. Includes Art by Region, African American Art, Cartoonists, and genres of art such as Photography and Pottery. 

Library Congress American Memory Digital Collection:  Excellent resource of digitized material particularly photographs, all of which seeks to serve to document the various American epochs and movements.

Museums Contributing Images to the Art Museum Image Gallery:  Compilation of various American art museums that offer searchable databases in the art they exhibit.

Museums in the United States and Europe:   Large compilation of links to museums in United States, Canada as well as Europe.

National Foundation for the Arts:   Primary grant and fellowship foundation for work and study in various forms and mediums of fine arts.

New York Public Library Digital Collection:  Close to half a million of documentary photographs as well as scanned book material.

Smithsonian Art Inventory Catalog:  Includes an inventory of American painting before 1914, as well as an inventory of American sculpture.  The catalog includes bibliographic information on over 335 thousand artworks, including where one can find particular work.  The catalog does not include pictures or the work.

Timeline of World Art:  Published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this resource allows one to search epoch and schools or art as well as view art produced in that era.

Web Gallery of Art:  Virtual database with over 15 thousand digital images concentrating in renaissance period.

World Wide Art Resources:   The largest site for contemporary art, art news, art history, contemporary artist and gallery portfolios.


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