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  • Art Basel - founded in 1970, Art Basel is the leading global platform for artworld exchanges. We stage world-leading fairs in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong, and recently launched the Art Basel Cities initiative.
  • ArtPrize - an open, independently organized international art competition which takes place for 19 days every other fall in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 
  • Frieze - is a media and events company that comprises three publications, frieze magazine, Frieze Masters Magazine and Frieze Week.
  • Scope - with over 75 art fairs spanning more than 15 years, SCOPE Art Show in Miami, New York, and Basel, Switzerland is celebrated as the premier showcase for international emerging contemporary art and multi-disciplinary creative programming.
  • Venice Biennial - international list of leading artists.
  • The Whitney Biennial - presents the full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists.

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  • Anime and Manga Studies - a listing of resources.
  • The Art Career Project - learn about scholarships, grants, and other resources available to emerging artists.
  • Art Place America - a collaboration among a number of foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions. Their mission is to position arts and culture as a core sector of community planning and development.
  • Americans for the Arts - Connecting your best ideas and leaders from the arts, communities, and business, together we can work to ensure that every American has access to the transformative power of the arts.
  • Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) - is a non-profit consortium of 39 leading art schools in the US and Canada. 
  • Center for Cultural Innovation - mission is to promote knowledge sharing, networking, and financial independence for individuals in the arts.
  • Creative Capital - supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel, and career development services.
  • Creative Generation – works with individuals and organizations committed to cultivating the creative capacities of the next generation.
  • National Portfolio Day Association – search member schools by major.
  • Public Art Fund - brings dynamic contemporary art to a broad audience in New York City and beyond.

ART Images

Under Fair Use, you may reproduce (print, make photocopies, or download) materials from the following websites without prior permission, on the condition that you provide proper attribution of the source in all copies.

Art Images for College Teaching Contains over 2000 copyright-free images of art and architectural works. Search by artwork or medium. Images can be downloaded for use in presentations or research papers.

Art Resource Offers images of works of painting, sculpture, architecture and the minor arts from most of the world's major museums, monuments, and commercial archives.

Artcyclopedia  A database of thousands of artists represented at hundreds of museum sites, image archives, and other online resources.

Artfinder Provides access to hundreds of thousands of paintings from artists, galleries, museums and collections around the world. Includes images, artist biographies, guides and articles. You can build your own art profile, receive personalized recommendations based on the art you like, and share and discuss art with friends via Facebook and Twitter.

Artnet Features images of more than 166,000 artworks by over 39,000 artists from around the globe.

***ArtStor (school subscription) -  facilitates research and education in numerous disciplines, including art and visual studies, architecture, religion, anthropology and archeology, global studies, fashion and costume, classics, world history, and more.

British Library on Flickr -  offers access to millions of public domain images.

British Library Online Gallery with over 30,000 items.

Burst: A free stock photo site that is powered by Shopify. All the photos on the platform are offered under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, which means you’re welcome to use the photos for any purpose.

CORSAIR: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts (Pierpont Morgan Library)  Digital images from Pierpont's collection of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts.

Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850 - 1920 (Duke University) Over 9,000 images relating to the early history of advertising in the United States. The materials include photographs of billboards, print advertisements, trade cards, calendars, almanacs, and leaflets for a multitude of products.

Europeana -  links you to 4 million digital items including images such as paintings, drawings, maps, photos and pictures of museum objects. Some of these are world-famous, others are hidden treasures from Europe's museums and galleries, archives and libraries.

Folger Shakespeare Image collection This database offers access to tens of thousands of high-resolution images from the Folger Shakespeare Library, including books, theater memorabilia, manuscripts, and art. And it is licensed CC BY-SA.

Galaxy of Images (Smithsonian)  Thousands of images from books and manuscripts in the collections of Smithsonian Institution Libraries.

George Eastman House A creative commons Flickr site with a focus on the history of photographic styles and techniques.

Google Art Project A collaboration with some of the world’s most acclaimed art museums to enable people to discover and view more than a thousand artworks online in detail. Some of the museums included are The MET, MoMA, Frick, National Gallery (London), Tate Britain, Uffizi, and the Palace of Versailles.

Google Images Google's image search engine.

Guggenheim makes 109 art books available 1.) Select a text from the collection. 2.) Click the “Read Catalogue Online” button. 3.) Start reading the book in the pop-up browser, and use the controls at the very bottom of the pop-up browser to move through the book. 4.) If you have any problems accessing these texts, you can find alternate versions on, which lets you download books in multiple formats – ePUB, PDF and the rest.

Guggenheim Teaching Modern and Contemporary Art  Features 27 artists and their artworks in the Solomon R. Guggenheim collection.

Internet Archive Book Images  An archive of 2.6 million+ public domain images, all extracted from books, magazines, and newspapers published over a 500 year period. Use Advanced Search for best results.

LACMA Collections 20,000+ images from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for free.

LIFE Photo Archive Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, from the 1750s to today.

Metropolitan Museum Almost 4000,000 high-resolution digital images from its collection. See also Met Publications for full-text publications.

morguefile The morguefile contains photographs freely contributed by many artists to be used in creative projects by visitors to the site. To acknowledge the artist's accomplishments, it is asked that you credit the photographer when possible.

National Gallery of Art (NGA) More than 32,000 open access digital images up to 3000 pixels each are available free of charge for download and use.

NYPL Digital Gallery (New York Public Library) Spanning a wide range of historical eras, NYPL Digital Gallery offers hundreds of thousands of digital images of drawings, illuminated manuscripts, maps, photographs, posters, prints, rare illustrated books, and more from the original and rare holdings of The Library.

Open F|S The complete digitized collections of the Freer and Sackler Galleries and the Freer Study Collection (over 40,000 items).

***Oxford Art Online (school subscription) Oxford not an image provider and therefore cannot grant permissions or advise on issues of rights and usage. Please contact the image providers and copyright holders cited in the captions directly if you wish to use art images for anything other than personal or educational purposes.

Perseus Digital Library (Tufts University)A library of thousands of art objects, sites, and buildings, including coins, vases, sculptures, sites, gems, and buildings. Each catalog entry has a description of the object and its context; most have images.

Pixaby A helpful repository of images and videos available for use under the Creative Commons CC0 license.

Smithsonian Institution -  released 2.8 million high-resolution two- and three-dimensional images from across its collections onto an open access online platform for patrons to peruse and download free of charge.

VADS: The Online Resource for Visual Arts  Provides over 100,000 images from British collections that are freely available and copyright cleared for use in teaching, learning and research.

Visual Dictionary Online Provides over 6,000 full-color images of a wide variety of objects from all aspects of life. When you know what something looks like but not what it’s called, or when you know the word but can’t picture the object, The Visual Dictionary has the answer.

Web Gallery of Art A virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism periods (1000-1850), currently containing over 25.200 reproductions. Picture commentaries and artist biographies are available.

Wellcom Images Themes ranging from medical and social history to contemporary healthcare and biomedical science. Whether it's medicine or magic, the sacred or the profane, science or satire - you'll find more than you expect.

Wikimedia Commons - makes available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips). 

Yale Digital Commons: A way to search across Yale's collections of art, natural history, books, and maps, as well as photos, audio, and video documenting people, places, and events that form part of Yale's institutional identity and contribution to scholarship

  • Asia Art Archive
  • Contemporary Art Curator
  • Curiator - a platform to collect and discover art online. 
  • designboom - mission is unearthing the best projects and curating a selection of the most interesting aspects of contemporary culture...before you can find it anywhere else.
  • Open GLAM - presents global perspectives on open access to the cultural heritage in Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAMs). 
  • Rhizome - champions born-digital art and culture through commissions, exhibitions, digital preservation, and software development.
  • UbuWeb - an independent resource dedicated to all strains of the avant-garde and outsider arts
  • Vivianite - a non profit resource of painters
  • Widewalls - aims to be the premier modern and contemporary art resource for collectors.
  • Art Curious – Exploring the unexpected, the slightly odd, and the strangely wonderful in art history
  • Art NXT Level - We love to share practical strategies, resources and innovative tools that you can implement right away to begin experiencing a fulfilling art career from the inside out.
  • Art:21 - info, videos and interviews on 100+ contemporary artists
  • ARTube - Videos include ones produced by museums and art institutions in the Netherlands and Belgium. Filter videos by themes and museums.
  • Asia Contemporary Art Week - Field Meeting videos
  • Beyond the Studio - Beyond the Studio is a podcast that focuses on the behind the scenes work of visual artists—how they're supporting and sustaining themselves and their creative work.
  • Craft In America - Includes the  PBS documentary series, website, Craft in America Center, ongoing exhibitions, and illustrated book.
  • Creative Caffeine: no agenda - Short episodes about mindset, motivation, creative process and self-leadership.
  • Daily Plinth - aiming to be the YouTube for art. Includes the following channels: dialogues, galleries, market, museums, studios.
  • Guggenheim: video - videos on the collection and lectures held at the Guggenheim.
  • History of Art at the University of Oxford - history of art lectures via podcast.
  • Hyperallergetic’s Art Movements - A weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world.
  • LADA: Live Art Development Agency - performance art videos.
  • Mind/Shift – A podcast about the future of Learning
  • Sound and Vision - Brian Alfred sits down with artists and musicians in galleries and their studios to discuss their process and inspiration in their creative life.
  • Suggested Donation - A podcast devoted to the arts in all forms.
  • Radio Lab - Since 2002, Radiolab has been devoted to investigating a strange world.
  • TED-Ed
  • TED talks
  • The conversation art podcast - Explores the contemporary art world through conversations with a range of participants from the center to the fringes and back again.
  • The Jealous Curator: Art for Your Ear - Sharing/exposing the work of talented contemporary artists through daily posts and with a focus on vulnerability that comes with being creative.
  • The Modern Art Notes Podcast - A weekly, roughly hour-long interview program featuring artists, historians, authors, curators and conservators.
  • The Talks Artists Interview Directory - The Talks is a weekly updated online interview magazine. Every week The Talks publishes an interview and portrait with a leading creative voice of our times, a curated selection of interviews with personalities from the fields of art, film, fashion, music, and sports.




Art & Architecture Source

Full-text art research database covering fine, decorative and commercial art, as well as architecture and architectural design. With strong international coverage, it offers hundreds of full-text art journals, magazines and books, plus detailed indexing and abstracts and thousands of images.


Browse 1.6 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences from international museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists' estates.

Benezit Dictionary of Artists

A comprehensive and definitive resource for artists’ biographies, published since 1911.
Includes 149,000 biographies as well as auction records, exhibition histories, and over 11,000 images of artists’ signatures and stamps of sale.

Oxford Art Online

Access an expanding range of Oxford’s acclaimed art reference works: Grove Art Online, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.

Getty Publications Virtual Library

More than 300 books from the collection to download and read for free.

Bloomsbury Fashion Central

Digital hub for interdisciplinary research in fashion and dress. Content is peer-reviewed by industry and academic experts and includes interconnected major reference works, exclusive articles, scholarly eBooks, case studies, biographies, lesson plans, bibliographic guides, textbooks, video content, runway and backstage photos from fashion shows, and tens of thousands of images from museums around the world to create a rich educational resource.

Art Making Materials You Can Find from Home

*Cover tables and floor with cut garbage bags, old shower curtain /*Newspaper, copy paper, mail, flyers, postcards/ *String, rope, thread/ *Cardboard, house paint/  *Your cellphone/ *Sewing kit - needle and tread

ICA Search Catalog

Find Print Materials

If you are looking for visual arts books in the library, you will see that the visual arts area is arranged using the Library of Congress Classification system (LCC) —a combination of numbers and letters. This page provides a basic overview of how the LCC system works. Most of the visual arts books are found under the N class and photography under the TR class

For example, here is the book Smile in the Mind found in the catalog entry with an explanation of the call number.


If you have any questions or need help, please don't hesitate to ask!

To find visual arts books in our library, the best place to start your search is under the tab ICACAT.

To find books in the visual arts section, begin by typing in your search parameters (like "Renaissance", "Monet", "Performance Art", etc.).

This search begins with Leonardo da Vinci and limiting the search by Location: Academic Library - Visual Arts:

You can also limit your search results based on subjects, if you are looking specifically for a biography, an artist, a time period, etc.

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