About the Visual Resources Center

Located in the Department of Art, the Visual Resources Center holds an extensive collection of digital images encompassing painting, drawing, sculpture, architecture, and photography across a broad range of cultures, styles, and time periods. This collection is available to all UWG students and faculty on MDID. The Center also holds videos on art, including documentaries, art films, and performance.

The Center supports the UWG Department of Art faculty and those students enrolled Art classes by providing a range of services:


  • General Services for Students and Faculty
    • Reference and research assistance locating images and other material for classes
    • Access to the Center's image collection via MDID
    • Scanning images and clipping video for course assignments and presentations
    • Tutoring in digital image editing and image presentation programs (Photoshop, PowerPoint, Prezi, MDID, etc.)
    • Instruction sessions on how to use MDID and how to find scholarly resources for visual material (online for the Fall 2020 semester)
  • Image and Video Orders

    Art faculty and students may request assistance locating digital images and video for classes. Inquiries may be made either in person or by email. Requests can also be added to the Center's collection and uploaded to MDID for access.

    Scanning: Please send an email request and/or make necessary arrangements to deliver item(s) to be scanned to the Center. For scanning requests of ten or fewer images, the Center tries to provide a 24-hour turnaround time.

  • Student Viewing Area for Films

    For faculty who would like students to watch films outside of class, the Center provides a viewing area. Students should email for an appointment. A list of videos in the Center's collection is available by request. (For Fall 2020 semester, please email gdavidso@westga.edu to access films online).

Resources for Finding Artwork

Images for Educational Use: The following provides resources for locating public domain and copyrighted images and videos that are available for educational non-for-profit use. Before using any material, make sure to review attribution requirements and all other written instructions from of the author, photographer, and/or website owner.

  • Images

    A collection of images from UWG's Visual Resources Center in support of Department of Art curricula, with examples of artwork from the prehistoric to the present. Highlights include modern and contemporary art, photography, Western and non-Western art, drawing, and sculpture and installation. MDID features slideshow and flashcard applications for collecting and presenting images. Images are also available to download for educational use as JPEGs, PDFs, and PowerPoint slideshows. Accessible to all UWG students and faculty through MyUWG login credentials. (Faculty and students should contact the Visual Resources Center for requesting images to be added to MDID.)


    A digital library of 700,000 images available to UWG faculty and students through Ingram Library.

    Google Arts & Culture

    A platform for accessing high resolution images from over 1000 Google partner museums and archives around the world.

    Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs Online Catalog

    Prints, photographs, and illustration from the Library of Congress archives, including landmark Civil War and WPA photography, the Master Drawings Collection, and historical images of US architecture.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Collection Search
    The Museum of Modern Art, New York: Collection Search
  • Videos
    Films on Demand

    An Ingram Library resource consisting of 15,500 video titles, including art documentaries from the PBS Art: 21 series, BBC, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, National Geographic, etc.


    A non-for-profit site offering articles and videos by professional scholars on art history. Provides an historical overview of art movements and artwork, in addition to select artist biographies.

Reference Sources for Artists and Art History

  • General Online Sources
    Oxford Art Online

    Provides artist biographies and basic information on art movements; available through Ingram Library.


    A non-for-profit site offering articles and videos by professional scholars on art history. Provides an historical overview of art movements and artwork, in addition to select artist biographies.
  • Museums
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

    Highlights The Met's collection in the context of art history, with artist biographies and information about specific artworks.

    Smithsonian American Art Museum

    Provides good introductory biographies to artists in the collection, and references to more information on artists.

    Guggenheim Museums: Collection Online

    Gives basic biographical information about artists in all the Guggenheim's museums collections.

  • Books
    Ingram Library Catalog

    Searches for books held by Ingram Library at UWG.

    GIL Express

    Searches for all books in the University System of Georgia. Access through Ingram Library Catalog > Advanced Search, and set Search Scope to University System of Georgia.

Articles and Other Research Sources

Copyright Policy and Fair Use Resources