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Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources (SEI): June 10-13th at UIUC!

The Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management (SEI) is a joint project of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF). It is an intensive three and a half-day workshop will feature … Continue reading

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Banishing Dissention

The ARTstor digital library is a subscription based database of over 1.6 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences. It also includes an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research, such as the ability to save … Continue reading

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On stock photography

Stock photography is a common means of providing visual content brochures, magazines, advertisements, etc. in order to enhance a textual point and engage viewers. The advantage of stock photography is that it is less expensive than a photo shoot, and … Continue reading

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Fair Use Anxiety

The College Art Association has just released a new report titled “Copyright, Permissions, and Fair Use among Visual Artists and the Academic and Museum Visual Arts Communities: an Issues Study.” This report is phase one of a four phase project … Continue reading

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Wellcome Images Releases Over 100,000 Historical Images Online With CC-BY License

Wellcome Images, developed by the Wellcome Library in London, England, has announced the release of over 100,000 images now freely available under Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license. Users can download high resolution images to be used for personal or commercial purposes, with … Continue reading

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Google Open Gallery and Web Publishing

Many of you may already be familiar with the work of the Google Cultural Institute, such as the Google Art Project and numerous historical exhibitions. Yesterday, Google announced on it’s Europe blog that that technologies behind it’s Cultural Institute projects would … Continue reading

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Image group download in ARTstor

If you use images from the ARTstor digital library to teach, you might already be familiar with the export to Powerpoint tool. Recently, ARTstor has added another tool to help users utilize images from its database. The image group download … Continue reading

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New collections available in ARTstor

If you’re a frequent user of the ARTstor Digital Library, you might have noticed a few new institutional collections become available – specifically Landscape Architecture from the Bob Riley Collection and Modern and Contemporary Art from the Jonathan Fineberg Collection.  … Continue reading

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“Can I use this?” and Other Questions about Digital Image Access

There are a number of online discussions about the challenges involved in obtaining high-quality digital images for educational purposes. These discussions bring up questions like, “These days we’re not trying to preserve Archimedes’ intellectual property. When do you think a … Continue reading

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Welcome Home, Illini / the Noun Project

As we start the Fall semester, the Pixels team would first like to welcome incoming freshman as well as returning students and faculty. This semester promises to be an exciting one, kicking off with events such as Ellnora at the … Continue reading

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Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Launches Today

“It’s a great day for education and progress, as if the Ancient Library of Alexandria had met the Modern World Wide Web and digitized America for the benefit of all,” said Doron Weber, Vice Chair of the DPLA Steering Committee. … Continue reading

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Paris 3D: An Exraordinary Interactive Journey through Time

Dassault Systèmes has developed an online 3D model of the city of Paris, and they invite users to play the 3D experience on their website. Users may explore Paris by time period: Gallic period, Gallo-Roman period, the Middle Ages, the … Continue reading

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ARTstor & Java Update

ARTstor is pleased to announce an update that will eliminate the need for Java in the ARTstor Digital Library. In the near future, single image downloads will be delivered in zip files. ARTstor has been using Java for downloads of … Continue reading

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“Arts Organizations and Digital Technologies” A report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project

The Pew survey considered how arts organizations are using the Internet, social media, and other digital technologies to connect with the public. Digital technologies help art organizations to engage with the community, increase their audiences, and promote the arts among … Continue reading

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Your Paintings: Putting the UK’s entire national collection of over 200,000 oil paintings online

In an article from The Guardian, art correspondent Mark Brown wrote, “The Public Catalogue Foundation [PCF], announced that it had succeeded, in partnership with the BBC, in its mission to put images of every publicly owned oil painting in the UK … Continue reading

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Images from the History of Medicine

Images from the History of Medicine (IHM) provides access to nearly 70,000 images in the collections of the History of Medicine Division (HMD) of the U.S National Library of Medicine (NLM). The collection includes portraits, photographs, caricatures, genre scenes, posters, … Continue reading

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Painting Show @Figure One Gallery, February 22nd 2013

Normally at pixels we like to post information related to digital content, but we’re making an exception to highlight the show of a very talented former VRC graduate assistant  who’s work you’ll be able to go see in real life!  … Continue reading

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Through Frida’s Lens

Frida Kahlo is a perennial favorite, and her portraiture has made her face as familiar to many of us as that of an old friend. Still, there is something very satisfying about a recently revealed collection of Kahlo’s personal photos. … Continue reading

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Ringling Collection: Portraits of Actors 1720-1920

The Ringling Collection is comprised of cabinet cards, postcards and photographs of American and British actors and actresses.  The Collection is one of several housed in the Belknap Collection for the Performing Arts in the Smathers Libraries‘ Department of Special … Continue reading

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trial access to Material ConneXion database until February 16th

Are you trying to invent the next big thing, but struggling to find a material that’s fire resistant, biodegradable, and translucent? By searching the Material Connexion database, you’re sure to find something that meets your needs. To access the trial … Continue reading

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Interactive Images with ThingLink

I love images. I love links that let me know more about an image. I may love ThingLink, but it is too soon to tell. How would you use it? ThingLink lets you embed images with everything from text to … Continue reading

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New Year, New Site!

The Visual Resources Center is pleased to announce the launch of their new website! Find images! Discover tools for editing, presenting and preserving visual materials! Get help and further resources! The new website contains much of the same content as … Continue reading

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a Thanksgiving special: images from the Farm Security Administration

While The Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information photograph collection has been part of the Library of Congress’s collection since the 1940′s, only recently the black and white negatives were digitized and made available online. The Farm Security Administration began as … Continue reading

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Material (in a Digital) World

While a completely tactile web might still be a long ways off, materials are finding a new home in digital interfaces. As learning, shopping, and other interactions are increasingly encountered through screens, how does the design, architecture or fine arts … Continue reading

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Discovering art on Art.sy

 Art.sy is an online art repository whose mission is “to make all the world’s art freely accessible to anyone with an Internet connection”. Art.sy works with galleries and art institutions to collect art across many different movements and genres, and … Continue reading

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ARTtube: videos about art and design

Welcome back to the start of a new semester. We hope you’ve all had fun and relaxing summers, and are ready to start the year fresh. To ease you into your scholarly pursuits, we present you with ARTtube. Like Youtube, … Continue reading

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Europeana on Pininterest

If we’ve got you hooked on Europeana Exhibitions, you might also want to check out the visually striking collections that have resulted from Pinterest collaborations with Europeana partners. According to the June 2012 Europeana Newsletter,  Europeana has recently  teamed up … Continue reading

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ImageSearch from the University of Illinois Library: Federated search for images

EasySearch, from the University of Illinois Library,  is a component of Search Assistant, a resource discovery path for users which allows for searching across multiple electronic resources in a subject area. The Library recently added an image search function by … Continue reading

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Europeana Exhibitions

Europeana Exhibitions is the virtual exhibition space for Europeana, Europe’s digital library, museum and archive.  Europeana enables people to explore the digital resources of Europes museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections. This virtual exhibition space showcases the content available on … Continue reading

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Back from the Dead: The NYT’s Photo Archive Tumblr

Here at the Visual Resource Center we find ourselves up to our necks in close-to-forgotten images everyday. We are in good company. The Lively Morgue, the New York Times photo archive tumblr, is giving new life to images taken for … Continue reading

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A walk on the wild side

Cat pictures are fun and all, but sometimes they leave a bit to be desired. We think we have found what that something is. In honor of the end of the semester and last-minute procrastination we present: Wild Pets! Who … Continue reading

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The Biodiversity Library’s Online Presence Grows

The Missouri Botanical Garden has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to digitize natural history illustrations for the Biodiversity Heritage Library. The immediate connection between the NEH and the Biodiversity Heritage Library was not clear … Continue reading

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Personal Digital Archiving with the iLibrarian

How many of us still have photos from our first digital cameras? Can you locate the paper you wrote on your desktop computer five years ago? Maybe your migrations between laptops and phones, across platforms and formats have been seamless, … Continue reading

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WikiPainting: A place to put your art history skills to work

Still in beta mode, with room to grow, it is surprising the WikiPainting did not exist before. The good news is: it exists now and is growing quickly. Faceted searching by artist and artworks among other things let you wander … Continue reading

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Expanded Google Art Project: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Finding High Resolution Images

When Google introduced its Art Project last year, it made a big splash amongst art aficionados, educators, artists, curators, and researchers. There were 1,000 images available from 17 different institutions worldwide, enabling views to zoom in to view incredibly close details. However, almost all … Continue reading

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NGA Images

Copyright can seem like a real quagmire sometimes. What images can I use without messy repercussions? Is someone going to sue me? What is open access? What is fair use? Well, I’ve got good news. The National Gallery of Art … Continue reading

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Historic Detroit

While I’ve never visited Detroit, browsing through the 180 galleries of buildings and monuments on Historic Detroit makes it seem as familiar to me as my own hometown.   Founded in June 2011 by Dan Austin, author of “Lost Detroit: Stories … Continue reading

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Closer to Van Eyck: Rediscovering the Ghent Altarpiece

If you liked Google’s Art Project but found yourself disappointed that it didn’t include the Ghent Altarpiece, you may have a psychic connection with the Getty Foundation. Like the Art Project, “Closer to Van Eyck…” offers users extreme close up views of the work. … Continue reading

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T. Enami and Japanese photography in the Meiji / Taisho Era

While cleaning out the Visual Resources Center this past summer, I came across a gorgeous set of  hand-painted lantern slides. The subject matter was Japanese landscapes and everyday scenes, but beyond that there was no information about who the artist … Continue reading

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Wiki Loves Art Nouveau

Wiki Loves Art Nouveau is a collaboration between Wiki Loves Monuments and Europeana, in which crowd-sourced photo submissions are paired with informational content to create an interactive online exhibition that explores the Art Nouveau movement. Europeana sponsored an Art Nouveau category … Continue reading

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year in review / happy holidays

It’s been a busy year for the Visual Resources Center, and as we prepare to leave campus for the holidays I’d like to take some time to reflect upon some of the new images and services available not only to … Continue reading

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Your Paintings

Your Paintings (or rather, ‘their paintings’) is a collaborative project between the BBC and the Public Catalogue Foundation that aspires to digitize and tag every oil painting in the UK National Collections. Currently still in a beta stage, the project … Continue reading

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Subject sorting in Google Images: Because Google hasn’t mastered mind-reading yet

In case you aren’t already aware, Google Images has a ‘Sort by Subject’ feature on its results page – it’s the kind of left-margin item that can go easily unnoticed, but for the utility it provides, it should 80 pt. … Continue reading

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The Lyonel Feininger Archive

Harvard’s Houghton Library and the Harvard Art Museum’s Lyonel Feininger Archive have collaborated to create an online research microsite presenting a comprehensive collection of Feininger’s largely un-seen photographic works. Harvard holds the majority of Feininger’s photographs, with some 500 photographic … Continue reading

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The Doodle Revolution

If you ever find yourself doodling during class or in a meeting, don’t feel guilty. According to Sunni Brown, it’s one of the most productive things you can be doing. An avid visual literacy advocate, Sunni is best known for large-scale strategic doodles … Continue reading

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The History of the World in 100 Objects

While doing some research earlier today, I came across a fascinating project undertaken by the British Museum called “The History of the World in 100 Objects.” Many of you may already be familiar with this project, as I’ve come to … Continue reading

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copyright articles and resources

An unfortunate part of working with digital collections and other visual resources is dealing with copyright. While we can’t answer specific questions, we can provide you with some resources that may help steer you in the right direction. Here are … Continue reading

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Dipity timelines

For visual learners, sometimes a timeline can be just the thing to help put history into some sort of context. Dipity, a free digital timeline website who’s mission is to “organize the web’s content by date and time,” allows users … Continue reading

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Ara Pacis Augustae collection

Developed by Charles S. Rhyne at Reed College in conjunction with Reed’s Visual Resources Center and Web Support Services, the Ara Pacis Augustae collection seeks to “to make available a more comprehensive body of images of the Ara Pacis than previously available in … Continue reading

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