Visual Resourcefulness at MassArt

All the ArtStor help you’ll ever need by caitlin
February 24, 2010, 8:58 pm
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Louis Gueymard as Robert le Diable

Louis Gueymard as Robert le Diable by Jean-Désiré-Gustave Courbet

ArtStor’s Help Page

contains great handouts

ArtStor’s You Tube Channel – Artstor in 3 mintues

Register for an Artstor account – video

ArtStor’s blog


MDID help-o-rama by caitlin
February 24, 2010, 8:06 pm
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Paris Exposition: Palace of Decorative Arts

Paris Exposition: Palace of Decorative Arts, 1900 from the Brooklyn Museum

MDID is our local image database which is contains 20,000 art, architecture, and archeological images chosen by MassArt faculty and VR staff. Its a great resource for viewing and presenting slides.

Below is the ultimate guide for using MDID as an instruction tool. The guide should cover every question you could have about our image database.

MDID guide for instruction

The National Archives joins the Flickr Commons party by caitlin
February 16, 2010, 7:16 pm
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The Flickr Commons, is one of the greatest gifts Web 2.0 has given visual resources professionals. I can’t say enough great things about it. The program is so popular with museums, non-profits and government organizations that the application process has been put on hold while Flickr catches up with the backlog of interested parties. The Commons provide access to great images that archives across the country have squirreled away over the years. One of the greatest features is that all images included must have the “no known copyright restrictions” attribution, which means for you dear student, you can use them without worry. This month the U.S. National Archives has joined with 42 image sets containing 3,000 images. The quality is low for some images but for others it is great. The Matthew Brady Civil war photos are particularly striking.

Gen. Daniel E. Sickles and Gen. Samuel P. Heintzelman by Matthew Brady

The collections are eclectic and fun to browse through. And as with all Flickr Commons images community tagging is welcomed if you know any juicy tidbits about the images. Here are a few selection I found.

Merry Christmas. Peace. Your Gift To The Nation, poster from World War I

Exhibit at the First Symposium on Low Pollution Power Systems Development

Exhibit at the First Symposium on Low Pollution Power Systems Development

The U.S. National Archives’ photostream

Underground Art School by caitlin
January 27, 2010, 3:36 pm
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The main goal of this blog is to present the best image resources the internet has to offer to the MassArt community. Often the resources we find lean toward the art history side of the curriculum, but another important part of making art is seeing what others are working on right now at this very moment. Creating a venue for new art is one of the things the internet does best. I have a few favorite blogs that are constantly barraging me with new amazing work from folk all over. Booooooom and my love for you is a stampede of horses just to name a couple. I have a new favorite to add to the list Underground Art School .

UAS has set out to support art students, graduates, and teachers with a print magazine and a blog. There is an open call for work for every issue. Recent blog posts have both shown work and given job hunting hints. Check them out and maybe submit some work!

Winter is officially here by caitlin
December 22, 2009, 4:00 pm
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The students have deserted campus. The first big snow of the year arrived under the cloak of darkness Sunday morning. The solstice came and went yesterday at around 6 P.M.  and the VR is winding down for Winter break. Here are a few seasonal images to celebrate the  season New Englanders love to hate.

Winter Night by Emile Branchard from Artstor

Momoyogusa, Flowers of a Hundred Generations by Sekka Kamisaka

Momoyogusa, Flowers of a Hundred Generations by Sekka Kamisaka from the New York Public Library Digital Gallery

Winter on 5th Avenue by Alfred Stieglitz

Winter on 5th Avenue (1893) by Alfred Stieglitz from The MassArt Digital Image Database

See you in the New Year!

Awesome Resources that are New to Us by caitlin
December 16, 2009, 2:37 pm
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A lot of great image collections have been crossing my desktop these days, all of them worthy of a look around and a book mark.

The first comes from good ole Massachusetts, specifically the Peabody Essex Museum (which any eastern Mass. middle-schooler is sure to be familiar with). They have developed Artscape, an interactive discovery tool. You can explore the collections and book mark them for the future. The PEM has great early American arts and crafts, maritime art, and Asian art colelctions.

Sampler 1915 by Mary Saltsonstall Parker

The second resource is the Smithsonian’s Collections Search Center. Here you can search all of the Museum, Archive, and library collections in all Smithsonian institutions. The collections include Fine Art, natural History, Native American History, and the ever exciting Air and Space collections.  If you are looking for images be sure to check the box to “Only return results with online media”. Collections can also be browsed by going to the the About page.  The images are well tagged and cataloging making the site easy to explore.

Acysta integra Champion from the National Museum of Natural History


Smithsonian’s Collections Search Center

Access Ceramics by caitlin
December 1, 2009, 5:39 pm
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On Top by Juliane Shibata

Here in the Visual Resources department, we have never been experts on contemporary ceramics. We do have images in MDID and the library has collected quite a few books with faculty help over the last few years, but the collections haven’t felt complete. Now along comes Access Ceramics from Lewis and Clark College. Designed as a teaching tool and an image resource, Access Ceramics, collects images from and presents them in a fabulous interface. The images are curated by faculty, to present only images of great quality. This tool is a great model for what maybe coming down the pike in all sorts of visual disciplines.  EXCITING!

Felix Oginsky by Gert Germeraad from the series Depicting criminals