About the VRC

Located in the Department of Art, the Visual Resources Center holds an extensive collection of 40,000 digital images and 50,000 slides, encompassing painting, sculpture, architecture, and photography across a broad range of cultures, styles, and time periods. Holdings also include over 500 DVDs and videos.

The center supports UWG Department of Art faculty and those students enrolled in Art classes.

MDID: Database of images from the Visual Resources Center collection in support of specific UWG classes. Instructors should contact Visual Resources for course access and uploading images.


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

  • MDID
    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, PDF compilations, and PowerPoint slideshows. Accessible to all UWG students and faculty through MyUWG login credentials. 
  • ARTstor
    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.
  • CAMIO (Catalog of Art Museum Images Online)
    An Ingram Library database with images from museum collections, primarily in the United States, available for download.
  • 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 Huntington Archive of Buddhist and Asian Art: Digital Database Collection
    More than 200,000 photographs of art and architecture from throughout Asia. Countries include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.


  • Services for Students
    Services for Students
    • Reference assistance locating images
    • Scanning for course assignments and presentations
    • Viewing area for videos assigned by instructors
    • Access to the Visual Resources Center collection via MDID
  • Services for Faculty
    Services for Faculty
    • Reference assistance locating images
    • Scanning for courses
    • Help preparing image presentations
    • Borrowing privileges for videos, DVDs, and slides
    • Faculty Image Orders and Scanning
    • Access to the Visual Resources Center collection via MDID
  • Image Orders
    Image Orders

    Faculty may request assistance locating digital images for classes or research. Inquiries may be made either in person during library hours or by email.

    Scanning: Please bring scanning requests to the library and fill out an image order form. For scanning requests of ten or fewer images, the library tries provide a 24-hour turnaround time.

  • Student Viewing Area for Films
    Student Viewing Area for Films

    For faculty who would like students to watch films outside of class, the library provides a viewing area. Make arrangements beforehand for students to come during library hours.

  • Copyright Policy
    Copyright Policy

    All use of material by faculty and students is subject to the University System of Georgia’s Copyright Policy: http://www.usg.edu/copyright. The Visual Resource Library expects that any images provided will be used for classroom use and study, in accordance with the U.S. 1976 Copyright Law: http://www.copyright.gov/title17. If stored online, images must be in a password-protected environment, and be made available for viewing to students enrolled in a specific class.

  • Copyright Resources