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Art Article Databases
Intute: Arts & Humanities
Searchable catalogue of over 2500 Internet resources covering a broad range of topics including fine art, design, architecture, applied arts, media arts, art theory, museum studies, conservation, and professional practices. It's also browsable by subject, historical period, resource type, and location and geographic form. The sites have been carefully selected and catalogued by professional librarians in Great Britain.
The core of this most excellent art site is a collection of more than 2,200 of the best scans of works of over 200 artists. If you have a good monitor you'll get a sense of the potential for digitized images. In addition: Galleries contains scanner and curator Mark Harden's online exhibitions (not to be missed!); Juxtapositions
is a collection of art exhibit reviews with the images linked; Theory and Criticism
has some of the best in art criticism, hyperlinked to the art being discussed; reviews of art CD-ROMS; and a collection of links to major art resources.
The Guide to Museum-Quality Art on the Internet
, this site serves as a comprehensive index to the online exhibits of thousands of artists. Search by artist's name or browse the A to Z listing. Entries include links to museum sites, image archives, and other online resources. The focus is primarily painting and sculpture, but a smattering of other media (e.g., architecture, decorative arts) is represented. Claims to be a work in progress, and an impressive one it is.
Artslynx: International Arts Resources
The amazingly wide scope of this comprehensive arts site includes links to information on organizations and collections; arts advocacy, education, funding, and administration; healing and disabilities; history; and more. Areas covered are visual arts, performing arts, and writing. This searchable site is useful for a range of users, from serious researchers to those looking for show tickets.
Created by a former art librarian, this site contains annotated links to art and architecture sites. Categories include electronic exhibitions, image collections, online art journals, art schools and university art/architecture programs, libraries, museums, and organizations.
Over 23,000 North American artists - painters, sculptors, and illustrators - are listed in this searchable resource. Included are digital images of the artists' work as well as auction data, brief biographies, book references, and periodical citations. There is information on approximately 300 dealers and galleries, and over 1000 museums are listed. Search by the last name (required) and first name (optional) of an artist to see a basic profile page. The site publishers welcome input, including biographical data, from knowledgeable viewers. Specialized lists include Hudson River School, California Artists, Early Taos, and other categories.
Archives of American Art
This site is a huge collection of over 16 million primary source materials consisting of diaries, letters, manuscripts, photographs, films, audio recordings, video recordings, and many more artifacts documenting American culture for the past 200+ years.
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"Linking the arts and education through technology." "The mission of ARTSEDGE is to help artists, teachers, and students gain access to and/or share information, resources, and ideas that support the arts as a core subject
area in the K12 curriculum." Developed by the Kennedy Center and the National Endowment for the Arts.
"ArtsEdNet, an online service developed by the Getty Education Institute for the Arts, supports the
needs of the K-12 arts education community. It focuses on helping arts educators, general
classroom teachers using the arts in their curriculum, museum educators, and university faculty
involved in the arts."
Created by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Art Center, this site provides a variety of free resources related to the visual arts (art, audio, video, texts and an assortment of interactive tools).
Books Arts Web
A Web site "which features links to a large selection of book arts related sites on the
web, including galleries with images." Maintained by Peter D. Verheyen, Conservation Librarian, Syracuse University Library.
Center for Book Arts
"The Center for Book Arts is dedicated to the preservation of the traditional crafts of bookmaking, as
well as contemporary interpretations of the book as an art object."
"The CeramicsWeb is an experimental web site for
ceramics. It includes a such things as database of glazes and
materials, links to other ceramics web sites, health and safety
information, and a variety of educational materials related to
An interactive glaze analysis program by Gary Wang.
American Ceramic Society
A professional organization dealing primarily with technical ceramics and materials science, but also of interest to those in fine arts ceramics.
Drawing: perspective, shading, and composition
Covers linear perspective, atmospheric perspective, shading (value), and compositional models. Prepared by Ralph Larmann, University of Evansville.
the figure-drawing LAB
"This site is devoted to better understanding of the elements
that make up the human figure and how to better portray
them. It is intended as a resource for artists and art students
who work with the human form. This site focuses on
accepted conventions of figure drawing that have been used
to model the figure since the time of the Ancient Greeks." Prepared by Ralph Larmann, University of Evansville.
American Institute of Graphic Arts
"The American Institute of Graphic Arts is the oldest and largest national organization committed
to the promotion of excellence in graphic design... The purpose of the AIGA is to advance excellence in graphic design as a discipline, profession, and cultural force."
Metals and Jewelry
ABANA: Artist - Blacksmiths' Association of North America
A non-profit art and education organization focused on contemporary and traditional art metalwork. Includes sections for Resources and Links leading to information about suppliers, books, metal finishing, metal machining, etc.
Society of American Silversmiths
A professional association devoted to the preservation and promotion of contemporary silversmithing - specifically in the areas of holloware, flatware, and sculpture. This Web site includes interesting links to information on silver care, restoration/conservation, a glossary, technical "shop talk", and photograph and slide labeling.
"The PhotoForum is an educational network and databank established to serve ... as a communications
link for photo educators, and interested others, dedicated to discussion of photography and
imaging including aesthetics, processes, history, digital imaging, instructional strategies,
criticism, equipment and techniques, especially, but not exclusively, as these apply in an educational setting." Of particular interest are the
WWW PHOTO LINKS List
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Includes a massive b/w development chart, photo links, a data page, and links to shareware and freeware.
Voice of the Shuttle: Photography Page
One of the premiere sites for humanities research on the Internet. "Woven" by Alan Liu, University of California, Santa Barbara.
"Information about printmaking, the print program at Bradley University, printmaking
organizations, and links to other print pages."
Links to sites that deal with printmaking and related topics of interest to the printmaker. From Middle Tennessee State University.
"A comprehensive resource for sculptors," including a wide range of interesting and eclectic topics. Created by Richard Collins, a sculptor.
Communication Arts: the Essential Creative Resource
"The World Wide Web site for Communication Arts
, the world's largest magazine on
creativity for graphic designers, art directors, copywriters, photographers, illustrators and multimedia
designers. This site is much more than just a reuse of existing content from the magazine, it's an
extensive online resource for creative professionals to enhance their work and careers and a catalyst
for bringing community to visual communicators around the world." This site includes exhibits online, creative community information, creative resources, business and career information, tools and technology, production resources, and more.
AMICO: Art Museum Image Consortium
A huge catalog of thumbnail images of over 100,000
digitized works of art, text, and multimedia provided by
a consortium of over 35 art museums around the world.
Search by creator, creation date, and other key access
points. Includes art forms from different cultures
ranging from prehistoric to contemporary time periods.
Provides extensive rights information for each image,
reproduction request forms, links to publications, and
institutional membership agreements.
Finding Images on the Web
Includes information on image copyright, downloading, search engines, image search engines, and image archives/collections. Maintained at the Boston University Libraries.
Searchable database of the collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Currently more than 12,000 artists are represented with over 82,000 images and objects. This is one of the more important Internet projects involving images. This databases contains not only the images, but descriptions of the works and links to other Web resources.
This site lives up to its claim to be "one of the most extraordinary collections of pictures in the world." Time, Inc. is putting online hundreds of thousands of photographs from its collection of more than 20 million photos taken since the 1930s for its publications, including Time, Life, People, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, and Time-Life Books. In addition, they've added more than a million historical images (prints, illustrations, and photographs) from the London Mansell Collection. An excellent search engine and help files. Registration (free) required.
Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
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Open Studio: the Arts Online
"To define and encourage public space in the new digital environment, and in cooperation with the National
Endowment for the Arts, the Benton Foundation is creating a joint effort to establish public points of access to
the Internet at arts and cultural institutions throughout the country. ..Open Studio: The Arts Online creates a
laboratory for the exploration of the tools and techniques that will serve arts and cultural organizations as
they prepare for the networked environment of the next century."
Art Deco Architecture
This site chronicles the development of the 20th century Art Deco movement in architecture. It provides history, architects, example buildings, societies, and related links.
Art Internet Resources at INFOMINE
This site makes it easy to access all types of Internet resources of scholarly and educational use.
Librarian's Index to the Internet: ART
The Librarians' Index to the Internet is a searchable, annotated subject directory of more than 5,000 Internet resources selected and
evaluated by librarians for their usefulness.