Visual Resources at AU

Imaging machines

The Visual Resources Center (VRC) is a hub for imaging, research consultation, print resources on the arts and graphic design, and audio/video equipment circulation for all programs of the Art Department. The VRC image collection, developed for faculty teaching needs in the areas of art, architecture, and graphic design, is continuously growing. Of particular strength is a focus on women artists from the Renaissance to today.

Samuel L. Sadow, Visual Resources Curator, is available for student or faculty consultation in areas of research, imaging, digital humanities, and fair use and copyright in the arts.

The VRC is a welcoming environment for all Art students and a good place for small meetings or study sessions. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to use the public access computers in the VRC to check their email and conduct online research.

Image and Research Resources

A modest graphic design browsing library is available as well as a selection of current graphic design journals such as Eye Magazine and Print. These materials do not circulate.

33,000+ images are available to all AU students and faculty through Artstor, which has an additional 1 million-plus images in the areas of art, architecture, fashion, photojournalism, design, garden and landscape, maps, and more. Accounts must be created while on-campus, after which Artstor may be accessed from anywhere. (Accounts must be refreshed by on-campus log in every 90 days.) Email Visual Resources Curator ssadow@american.edu for assistance with access.

This collection has approximately 2,100 art and architecture books focused tightly around the coursework of the Art History Program. Books can be searched through the main library online catalog and do not circulate. There is also a small collection of art-related DVDs.

To search the collection, go to the online catalog search screen. Click on Advanced Search and click More Limits to select the location called AU: Visual Resources Center, Katzen Art Center.

Bound copies of nearly 40 years' worth of Art History program thesis and in-lieu-of-thesis papers are available for consultation in the VRC - see Art History Thesis Index (PDF). Requests by authors for copies of their papers can be submitted to the Visual Resources Curator.

Are you interested in using other art and image resources on campus? ARTstor and other networked resources are available through AU's Bender Library, which offers a complete listing of art resources, including electronic journals, indices/databases, and links to further art history information such as the BHA (the Bibliography of the History of Art) and RILA (Repertory of Literature of the Arts).

Equipment

The AV Equipment Office, located within the VRC, circulates photo, video, and sound equipment to students currently enrolled in Studio Art or Graphic Design classes. A valid student id is required, as well as a signed equipment use agreement form. Equipment is included in the main library online catalog and described on Art Studio equipment blog and Graphic Design equipment blog. Advanced equipment requires faculty approval. Equipment is available only when the office is open and overdue and damage fees are strictly enforced. Hours change each semester, see office for current schedule.

See what is available in the library's online catalog:

Art Studio equipment

Graphic Design equipment

Art Faculty and art history graduate students may set up appointments to use the flatbed and slide scanners to work on images for classroom teaching and student presentations. Please contact curator Samuel Sadow to set up an appointment and arrange a scanning tutorial.