Visual Resources Center


  • Scanning of film and print materials
  • Image cataloging and embedding metadata
  • Shared Shelf database management
  • Image organization in ARTstor for a class or presentation
  • Research assistance for projects and papers

We are always willing to take on special projects - Stop by to ask about additional services!


The Visual Resource Center has three types of physical collections inside our location on the third floor of the Creative Arts Center.


We have over 700 volumes in the collection.  Check out our online catalog on the LibraryThing website.  Books can be checked out for two weeks at a time and can be renewed.  Please visit during our open hours or search the online catalog and send an email with the titles of the books you would like to check out.  After hours pick-up arrangements can be made upon request.  Current textbooks can only be used inside the VRC.


Journals - Current and past journal issues available (PDF)  Journals can be checked out for two weeks at a time and renewed if needed.  Please visit during our open hours or check Curator's Corner to see the newest titles.  After hours pick-up arrangements can be made by emailing the curator.

Journal Spotlight

april magazines.jpgApril magazine issues are springing up like the flowers!  Stop by today to check one out.  The new Modern Painters has an interview with Judy Chicago.  And who can resist a cat?  The cover photographer for Art in America couldn't!

Slides and Slide Equipment

Slides - 35mm slides, slide projectors, and slide carousels can be checked out for 48 hours.  Please contact the curator in advance for slide or equipment check out.  Students and non-art faculty will need to print out and bring along the Check Out Form availible in pdf format under Files for Download below.

Art on the Web

Check out the VRC Delicious page for links to web resources and news articles about art-related topics!

Please forward any cool articles or pages you find to the curator.  We are more than happy to add them to the list!


Files for Download

Curator's Corner

Check the Curator's Corner for frequent updates on collection development and interesting Art news. If you would like to make a submission, email the curator at

Aug 19, 2014

photo of book coversTwo new books have been added to the Visual Resource Center collection.  Check them out today by stopping by the VRC!

Aug 18, 2014

We will be having an open house in the Visual Resource Center on August 25th and 26th from 9am-4pm.  Stop by A326B Creative Arts Center!

Open House Flyer

Aug 6, 2014

While no flow chart can completely explain the complexity of copyright laws in the U.S. (don't even get me started on International copyright law), this one does a fairly good job of explaining the basics.  If you have more questions, feel free to stop by - we can discuss copyright over a cup of coffee!  Of course, I am not a lawyer, but copyright and fair use is a work-related hobby for me.  ;-)

Can I Use that Picture?


Apr 15, 2014

Alfred Stieglitz biography coverWe have added a new book to the Visual Resource Center collection.  Alfred Stieglitz: A Biography by Richard Whelan is now available.  Please check out the catalog record for more information or come in and check out the book today!

Apr 15, 2014

Spring has come to Ohio!  As the old saying goes "if you don't like the weather, just wait 5 minutes".  The "spring" picture is from Saturday, while the "snow" picture is from this morning.  My magnolia tree is beautiful, no matter what nature throws at her!

spring tree blooming.jpgspring tree snow.jpg

     Happy Spring, Southwest Ohio!



Apr 8, 2014

april magazines.jpgApril magazine issues are springing up like the flowers!  Stop by today to check one out.  The new Modern Painters has an interview with Judy Chicago.  And who can resist a cat?  The cover photographer for Art in America couldn't!

Mar 17, 2014

Milwaukee Museum of ArtI have returned from a wonderful visit to the Visual Resources Association 2014 conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  I attended several great sessions and a workshop on embedded metadata.  I also spoke at the Shared Shelf Users Group meeting about "Just-in-Time Cataloging".  I was really nervous, but the talk went well!  I did have just enough time to stop briefly by the Milwaukee Art Museum where I took this picture of the amazing building with "wings" that open and close.  Unfortunately, the wings were closed when I was there.  In the background, you can see Lake Michigan and the rising moon.  I am actually standing on the pedestrian bridge that leads to the museum.  Sorry I don't have a better angle - it was really cold and windy that day and I had to snap this shot quickly!

Mar 17, 2014

cover of New American PaintingsWe have several new March issues that have arrived in the Visual Resource Center, including New American Paintings.  Stop by today to check them out!

Feb 11, 2014

The Visual Resource Center will be closed on Monday, February 17th, 2014 so I can continue my recovery.  The VRC will reopen at 9am on 2/18.  Email with questions at  I promise to check email even while I am resting up!   ~Shannon

Feb 4, 2014

HWRIGHT__1172_7968748.jpgBe careful out there tonight, everyone.  We are in for some wintry weather again today into tomorrow.  Check out the National Weather Service at for updates.  Be sure to pay attention to WSU Alert and, Facebook, or Twitter for any changes in schedule.

The Visual Resource Center is always accessible online through our website and you can email the curator at  If you get snowed in, check out our online catalog through LibraryThing and find some books to check out once the snow and ice melts.  ARTstor is also available online through our website or if you already have a log in just browse directly to  Curl up with a hot beverage and browse through millions of images of art, fashion, craft, architechure, photography, and cultural history.  I am partial to peppermint tea or hot chocolate and Chinese ink paintings or Edo period Japanese painting, prints, and pottery.

Be safe and take care!

Shannon (a.k.a. the VRC (Visual Resource Curator) and author of Curator's Corner)


Image: Poem by Bai Juyi by Ando Hiroshige, color woodcut print from 1840-1841



A 326 Creative Arts Center
MondayThursday, 9 a.m.2 p.m.
Contact the Visual Resources Curator, Shannon Michalak at for questions and after hours appointments.