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Art History | Visual Resources Center

Visual Resource Collection

The Visual Resources Center 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. It is a welcoming environment for all Art students and a good place for small meetings or study sessions. Please see below for overviews of available resources:

Contact

For information or appointments,
contact Sarah Osborne Bender:
202-885-1675
vrc@american.edu

Hours/Location

Monday–Friday, 10:00-5:00
Katzen Arts Center, Room 142

Staff

Visual Resources Curator
Sarah Osborne Bender

Graduate Assistants
Catherine Vassaux
Jennifer Wu
Elizabeth Mullen
Danielle Grega
Leah Haines
Ginny Lefler

 

Image Collection

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. These 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.

AV Equipment Office

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 the equipment blogs (Art Studio equipment blog / 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.

Art History Visual Resource Collection

Kassalow Collection Graduate Study Library

Kassalow Collection Graduate Study Library is a collection of 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.

Graphic Design Browsing Library

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.

Art History Graduate Thesis and In-lieu-of-thesis Papers

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. An index of the papers can be found here. Requests by authors for copies of their papers can be submitted to the Visual Resources Curator.

Visual Resources Curator

Sarah Osborne Bender, 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.


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