Visual Resources Center

The Visual Resource Center will shutter its doors on January 26, 2017.  Please see the Curator's Corner blog for more details.


The Visual Resource Center has physical collections inside our location on the third floor of the Creative Arts Center.  Our digital image collections are available via ARTstor.


We have over 800 volumes in the collection.  Check out our online catalog on the LibraryThing website.  Books can be checked out.  Please visit during our open hours or search the online catalog.  After hours pick-up arrangements can be made upon request.  Current textbooks can only be used inside the VRC.


Journals - Can be checked out.  Please visit during our open hours or contact us via email to make after hours arrangements.

Journal Holdings
Active Journals  
American Art Review 1973 - Present
Art Bulletin 1967 - Present
Art in Print 2015 - Present
Art Journal 1971 - Present
Creative Quarterly 2008 - Present
Modern Painters 1997 - Present
New American Paintings

2011 - Present

Professional Artist 1995 - Present
Inactive Journals  
African Arts 1971-2007
After Image 1994-1997
American Arts Quarterly 1991-1997
Aperture 1978-2000
Architectural Digest 1992-2005
Archives of American Art 2004-2011
Art and Antiques 2001-2016
Art Byte 1998-2001
Art Forum 1973-2016
Art in America 1964-2016
Art International 1965-1983
Art News 1968-2016
Art Newspaper 2003-2010
Art Scribe 1986-1991
Arts Magazine 1974-2009
Art on Paper 1997-2009
Arts of Asia 1987-2002
Camera 1970-1980
Contemporanea 1988-1991
Daylight Magazine 2004-2012
Dialogue 1984-2004
Double Take 1995-2002
Exposure 1980-1997
Flash Art 1984-1994
Modern 2016-2017
New Art Examiner 1984-2002
Orientations 2010-2011
Photo District News 1999-2000
Print Collector's Newsletter 1975-1996
Tema Celeste 1989-1992
Women's Art Journal 1992-2004


































Slides and Slide Equipment

Slides - 35mm slides, slide projectors, and slide carousels.  Please contact the VRC in advance for slide collection use. 


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

Jan 5, 2017

I would like to announce that I have accepted a position at Wright State University's Dunbar Library in the Circulation Department.  My last day in the Art Department is tentatively scheduled for January 26th, 2017.  Because of my departure, the Visual Resource Center will be shutting its doors at 2pm on the 26th.  It will reopen at some point in the future under the direction of Dr. Karla Huebner and Dr. Caroline Hillard.  All of our digital image collections will still be available via ARTstor.  If you have any questions or need access to the physical collection, please email for assistance.

Thank you for eight years and 10 months of serving, learning, and growing in the Art Department.  I will miss the people, the art, and the visual resource profession, but I am happy to move on to new adventures.

~Shannon, the Curator

Oct 31, 2016

It is with great sadness that I announce my position as Visual Resource Curator has been eliminated.  The Visual Resource Center will still be here in some form, but the faculty of the Department of Art and Art History are still deciding what form that will take.  I will be here at least through the end of December and possibly through the end of July 2017.  We have also received our new door signs as part of the construction.  My new hallway sign says Resource Library, but the door sign is correct.  We are still open from 9am to 2pm Monday through Thursday until further notice.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me and the center over the years.  Thank you to the donors who have given us new materials.  Thank you to the students who came by to chat or to check out materials.  And a huge thank you to the faculty I have had the pleasure of working with over the last 8 and a half years.

~Shannon, the Curator

Sep 14, 2016

The materials of the Visual Resource Center are now back on the shelves.  Excuse our construction dust as we continue to organize the materials that were moved during the renovation.  All of our materials are back on the shelves and visible - they might be slightly out of order.  Feel free to stop by and browse.

Just a note for the future - the Visual Resource Center will be closed from September 26 to October 16 for sick leave.  I plan on reopening on October 17th.

Sep 1, 2016

toad.jpgWelcome back!  Students, faculty, and staff have moved back in to the Creative Arts Center after the summer construction closure.  While there is still a bit of work going on, the Visual Resource Center is back open!  Our new room number is 333, but we are still in the same physical space in the third floor of the Art wing.  Stop by any time to browse our book selection, magazine subscriptions, or to use our computer workstation.  Feel free to come and study or relax at our table.  You can even bring your coffee or lunch to enjoy while looking through the most recent issue of New American Paintings or Professional Artist!

I happened to catch a picture of this lovely toad hanging out on the wall of my garage waiting out the storm runoff.  I hope he makes you smile inspite of all the new-semester and construction stress.

~Shannon, the Curator

May 9, 2016

VRC PartyI am sorry to report that the Visual Resource Center will be closed for the summer due to construction in the Creative Arts Center.  Feel free to contact me by email if you have questions or requests.  While you can not access the VRC collection, remember that the Dunbar Library has many books and some journals about art.  Please take the time to take a look at their collections.  If you still can't find what you want, use OhioLink to find materials at any university in the state!

I will post here when the VRC has reopened.  Have a great summer and see you in the Fall!

~Shannon, the Curator

Feb 8, 2016

heart.jpgThe Visual Resource Center will have limited hours for Monday, February 15th, 2016.  We will only be open from 2:30pm to 5pm.  Thanks for your understanding.  Please feel free to email the curator with questions or concerns.

Feb 1, 2016

spring tree snow.jpgThe Visual Resource Center will be open the following times during the week of February 1 - 5.

Monday: 9am - 5pm

Tuesday: 9am - 1:30pm and 2pm to 4:30pm

Wednesday: 9am - 4:30pm

Thursday: 9am - 11am, 12:30pm - 1:30pm, 2pm - 4:30pm

Friday: 2:30pm - 5pm

Thank you for your understanding.  If you have an questions, please feel free to contact the curator at

Jan 4, 2016

new mags 1 4 2016.jpgHappy New Year!  Welcome back for Spring Semester.  The VRC is open today (1/4/2015) and will be open our regular hours this week.  Classes start on January 11th and we will be open Monday - Thursday 9am - 2pm that week.  Starting on Tuesday, January 19th we will be expanding our hours for the rest of Spring Semester.  The VRC will be open from 9am - 5pm Monday through Thursday and 2pm - 5pm on Fridays.  Be sure to check this blog in case the schedule changes because of vacations or emergencies.

Please stop by to look at our books and magazines.  We have received two large book donations which are now on the shelves and ready to be read.  We are also continuing to receive new magazines like the issues of Professional Artist and New American Paintings you can see here.

I hope to see you in the VRC soon! 

~Shannon, the Curator

Dec 15, 2015

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The Visual Resource Center will be closed from December 18th, 2015 through January 3rd, 2016.  We will reopen on January 4th at 9am.  Spring Semester classes start on January 11th, 2016.

I hope everyone has a wonderful break between semesters.  While we probably won't have any snow for Christmas this year, we can still enjoy time with family and friends.

As always, I am reachable by email even during breaks.  Just contact me at and I will get back with you as soon as I can.

Happy Holidays!                                        ~  Shannon, the Curator

Nov 10, 2015

I hope everyone is having a good semester.  The leaves are almost gone from the trees outside the VRC, but we still have pleny of reading materials available for anyone who would like to cosy up with a good book.  So that you can plan your browsing, the VRC will be closed on 11/11 for Veteran's Day and also 11/12.  We will reopen on Monday, 11/16. 

If you are looking ahead for last minute research help or to schedule a make up exam, the VRC will also be closed from 11/25-11/26 for the Thanksgiving holiday.  We will reopen on Monday, November 30th.  Thanks!  ~ Shannon the Curator



333 Creative Arts Center [Art Wing]
Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Contact the Visual Resources Center at for questions and after hours appointments.