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Visual Arts & Photography: Research Guides 
  
Check out below for help finding different types of information, specific resources, and research hints for more specific areas within the broader subject of Fine Arts/Photography.

Quick Links to Topics:

Finding Museums and Galleries
Online Digital Art Collections
Non-Profit Art Organizations
Art Movements
Finding Works by and Biographical Info. about a Particular Artist
Historical Events Surrounding the Time of the Arts Creation
Exhibition Reviews and Articles about your Artist
Videos and Sound Recordings


FINDING MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES

To find information on museums and galleries, try our art directory reference books or look at one of these online bibliographic webpages.

Also, look at the Weblinks tab for this Visual Arts guide for a listing of more links to individual Museum and Gallery homepages.

Reference Books

Art Museums of the World
REF. N 410 .A78 187
With entries arranged geographically, this two-volume series covers the major museums with descriptions of their collections and the artist trends in that city.

2005 Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market
REF. N 8600 .A746 2005
"Offers you more than 2,000 listings... Ten comprehensive sections cover every possible opportunity and market- from greeting cards, gifts, posters, prints, galleries, and magazines to book publishers, syndicates, cartoon features, record labels, art representatives, websites, and advertising and design markets."

American Art Directory
REF. N 50 .A54 2003-2004
This guide provides contact and detailed information for thousands of libraries, art galleries, museums, organizations, art, art history, and architecture departments, art programs, etc. throughout the U.S. and Canada. Millikin is listed on paged 117 & 471. The second half of the book includes indexes for museums and schools abroad, state arts councils, state directors and supervisors of art education, art magazines, newspaper art editors and critics, scholarships and fellowships, open exhibitions, and traveling exhibition booking agencies. Indexes are also included naming personnel at art schools and institutions, listing art organizations, and dividing collections by subject area.

Websites

The lists provided by these sites allow you to easily find the links to the homepages of many museums and galleries worldwide.

USA Museums Directory:
http://www.museumca.org/usa/index.html
*Created and maintained by the Oakland Museum of California, the USA Museums Directory is a bibliographical website providing links to the homepages of over 300 art museums in the United States.
*From the link above, choose "list by type" and then "art museums" to receive a list of alphabetical links.

Virtual Library Museums Page:
http://icom.museum/vlmp/
*Another site doing a similar thing, the Virtual Library Museums Page is another bibliographical website created and maintained by the International Council of Museums.
*Either do a search in the search-box for "art" or click down below on the link for "galleries".

UMAC Worldwide Database of University Museums & Collections:
http://publicus.culture.hu-berlin.de/collections/
*Compiled by University Museums & Collections from Germany, this database "aims at providing a global Directory of University Museums and Collections to be used by UMAC, researchers, students, and the general public worldwide."
*Either choose a country to search the bibliographic links, or click on the search link to narrow down your search results.
d'Art Art Links:
http://dart.fine-art.com/artlinks/
*An online database maintained by Internet for the Fine Arts, Inc., among other things, this site provides linkes to the homepages of galleries, exhibits, products, etc...
*Click on the galleries link, and then choose your media.

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DIGITAL ART COLLECTIONS

To find digital art collections, you can either check out the library's two subscriptions,
or search the internet. Directions for both are below.

*If you'd rather have a book containing portions of a museum's collection, browse the call number range in the circulating collection N 530-N 4035 on the third floor.

Also, Take a look at the Websites tab of this Visual Arts this subject guide for more direct links to Online Digital Collections.


Library Subscription Image Collection


*If you'll click on the Databases Tab at the top of the page, scroll down in the list until you see the section for Image Resources. Two are listed: the Saskia Digital Images or the Bridgeman Art Library.


Finding Collections on the Internet

Doing a search engine search (like Google) is one of the most effective ways to find digital art collections and online content sites for galleries.

*You can either search for a specific museum or university,
*or, you can try doing a search for art collections database to search for various types of online art related databases.

Adding words to your search from above such as university, college, Holland, Greek, Byzantine, Chemistry, etc... will make your search more specific.

Your searches will retrieve webpages such as:
museums and national collections:
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • National Gallery of Art
  • Australian War Memorial
  • The City of London Libraries and Guildhall Art Gallery
  • Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth
  • colleges and universities:
  • Yale University Digital Collections
  • Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago
  • Five College Museums/Historic Deerfield Collections Database
  • organization sites:
  • The Web Gallery of Art

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    FINDING NON-PROFIT ART ORGANIZATIONS

    To find information online, you can perform a search engine search (like Google) for Non-profit Art Organizations to see what is available.
    • Try synonyms such as not for profit or volunteer
    • If you have a specific geographic area (such as Illinois or Chicago) or discipline (such as painting or education) include that term in your search.
    A few helpful webpages that came up with searches include:
    Art Seek, Art on the Web: Educational and Community Art Organizations
    Art-Support.com: Nonprofit Art Organizations & Art Centers
    Art-Collecting.com: Illinois Museums, Non-Profit Organizations & Centers
    Illinois Arts Alliance Foundation
    You can also try this reference series for more information:

    Encyclopedia of associations : regional, state, and local organizations
    REF. HS17 .G337 2007
    "A guide to over 100,000 United States nonprofit membership organizations with regional, state, or local scope and concerned with all subjects and areas of activity."

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    ART MOVEMENTS

    If you would like, begin searching for your movement at one of these sites:

    Art Movements Directory Provided by the Art industri Group of the UK.
    For each art movement, this website provides a brief description and a listing of notorious artists from that time. Be sure to click on the More Movements link to see the additions to the complete list.
    Artcyclopedia.com Developed by John Malyon.
    From this webpage, each art movement is listed and clicking on that link brings you to a brief description and a listing of famous artists from that movement.
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    For more information on the movement that you have found,try one of these reference books:


    The Dictionary of Art
    REF. N 31 .D5 1996
    Prager Encyclopedia of Art
    REF. N 33 .P68

    Also, try searching in the online catalog to find more books on the movement.

    • In the quick search box, just type the name of the movement, for example Byzantine Art, then click search.
    • You can also try a subject heading search. Type in the name of the movement, and then set the Search By box to "Subject." It will pull up an alphabetized listing of subjects.
      If you try the specific movement's name like Byzantine Art, sometimes it won't have any results. But if you click the "See Also" button to the left of the Subject Heading (see picture below), it will suggest the proper subject heading to search for.

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    FINDING WORKS BY A PARTICULAR ARTIST, and BIOGRAPHICAL INFO. ABOUT THEM

    Also, Take a look at the Weblinks tab for this subject guide.

    Once you've found the artist you want to research, you have a few options.

    Looking at Reference Books

    • If you'll click on the tab at the top of this page named Background, look at the titles under the category called "Artists."
    • You can come here to the library whenever we're open and take a look at these titles in the Reference collection.

    Checking the Online Catalog for Books

    Go to Millinet Online to find books on your artist.
    • In the Search For box, type in the name of your artist. Leave the Search By box as Any Word Anywhere.
    • If you retrieve too many results that are not about the artist, do a new search putting the name in quotations.
    • If you do not find enough, first check your spelling. Next consider doing an I-Share search, which searches other libraries in the state of Illinois.
    • Check here for more information on seaching in I-Share and requesting books.

    Using the Image Resource Databases

    • If you'll click on the Databases Tab at the top of the page, scroll down in the list until you see the section for Image Resources
    • Do a search for your artist in either the Saskia Digital Images or the Bridgeman Art Library.

    Finding Images on the Internet

    Remember to be conscious of copyright because many people on the internet aren't.
    • Begin with an internet search to see if the artist has his/her own homepage.
    • Next, to find images of your artist's works that are online, choose a search engine that provides an internet image search.
    • Try a search first for just the artist's name. If you receive too many results that are not about your artist, add an explanatory word such as "painting" or "artist."
    • Find images of a specific work by using the name of the work as a search term.
    • Select an image, and then check out the site that it originates from. If the image is from an online gallery or image database, you will most likely be able to learn more about the work.
    • If just browsing, check out the section above for finding "Online Digital Art Collections.

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    HISTORICAL EVENTS SURROUNDING THE TIME OF THE ARTS CREATION

    Sometimes knowing what was happening in the world during the time your artist was creating his/her works can help you better interpret or understand the work in a larger context.

    As you choose a specific work or time period, first research to discover "everything" that was happening during the time period, and then find more information about those specific events if you desire.

    Reference Books about general U.S. and World History

    Millennium Year by Year REF. D 11 .M56 2000
    Day by Day: The 1940's REF. D 427 .L4
    Day by Day: The 1950's REF. D 427 .M44
    Day by Day: The 1960's REF. D 427 .P27
    Day by Day: The 1970's REF. D 848 .L4
    Day by Day: The 1980's REF. D 848 .M45 1995
    Day by Day: The 1990's REF. D 856 .A93 2003
    Chronicle of the 20th Century REF. D 422 .C53 1987
    American Decades Series REF. E 169.12 .A419 1994
    The Sixties Chronicle REF. E 841 .S59 2004
    Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History REF. D 23 .B45 2005
    Dictionary of American History REF. E 174 .D52 2003
    Now that once you've found out what happened every year for the whole millennium, you can search the online catalog for books about the specific events, or the databases for articles.


    Art History Internet Sites

    • Art History Resources a collection of links maintained as part of UC Berkeley's Art History-Classics Graduate Service.
    • Art History Resources on the Web  this is a fairly extensive and in depth website maintained by Christopher L.C.E. Whitcombe, art history professor, at Sweetbriar College.  It contains some good imagery.
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    FINDING EXHIBITION REVIEWS AND ARTICLES ABOUT YOUR ARTIST

    Also, Take a look at the Weblinks tab for this subject guide.

    To find exhibition reviews and articles by using our online databases, start by clicking on the databases tab at the top of the page. This should bring you to a listing with both art and newspaper databases.

    You can search the "art" databases all similarly:

    Academic Search Premiere, JSTOR, AHsearch, PerAbs, and Wilson Select Plus.
    These databases include articles about the artist, reviews of his/her works, exhibition reviews, auction proceedings, descriptions of collections containing works by the artist, etc... Most of these articles will be from magazines and journals, with some newspapers.
    • Begin by doing a basic keyword search for your artist, for example, "Jasper Johns". Put the artist's name in quotations.
    • If you retrieve too many results, we can narrow down by using such words as:
      Art Exhibitions            Artists            Painters (etc...)           Reviews
      Art Museums            Auctions            Exhibitions

    You can search the "news" databases all similarly too:

    America's Newspapers, LexisNexis, Newspaper Source, Chicago Tribune, and New York Times.
    These databases only contain newspaper articles. They will be reviews from exhibitions, descriptions of artist's current works, and explanations of shows.
    • Again, begin by doing a basic search for your artist with the name in quotations.
    • Try to think of words that would be used for exhibitions. If you know the name of a show, include that name in your search.
    • With newspaper articles, consider the possible dates for your searches. Would they have written about him/her in the past year? Past 10 years? Adjust your search limits accordingly.

    Searching in the Print Indexes

    Sometimes you want reviews and articles from when the artist was active (like back in the 1950's), and the online databases don't index and include information back that far.
    • In that case, you'll need to use the Art Index.
    • Arranged alphabetically in the index stacks here at the library, our subscription to the Art Index runs from 1953 until 1995.
    • Search for the artist's name, a location for a collection, an art show or gallery with his/her works, etc...

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    VIDEOS AND SOUND RECORDINGS

    Also, Take a look at the Weblinks tab for this subject guide.

    For Items we have here at Millikin:

    Videos can be located via MILLINET select Films/Videos in the Quick Limits drop down options, or through browsing the video collection on the library's first floor. To browse, use the call number ranges on the "books" tab for videos on a particular aspect of art.

    To find Sound Recordings, in the online catalog select Music Recordings or Spoken Word Recordings in the Quick Limits drop down option, or by browsing the music collection on the third floor of the library. We have both compact discs and records.


    Other Places to search for Sound and Video

    The internet does have a lot of available multimedia resources, please just be conscious of copyright since the people who post the information aren't.
    • Check out Decatur Public Library's Online Catalog (or the public library near your house). For DPL, just do a basic search for your artist, then check the format column to look for "videorecording."
    • Search the internet for the artist's official homepage, if they have one. Sometimes these are great sources for sound and video.
    • Check Wikipedia for your artist and then scroll all of the way down to the bottom for the "External Links" section. Sometimes if there are online movies, interviews, or audio clips from your artist, someonw will have linked them from here.
    • Try an online video hosting site such as You Tube, Myspace Video, Yahoo Video, or AOL Video.
    Art on Film Online "is a clearinghouse for information about [over 25,000] film, video, CD-ROM and other interactive productions on fine arts, architecture, photography, decorative arts, and related topics. This Web site is a service of the Program for Art on Film, Inc." Annotated and searchable detailed index. (Chr.H.Ed. 1-16-98) The Program for Art on Film, Inc. was founded by the J.Paul Getty Trust and the Metropolitan Museum of American Art, and is affiliated with the School of Information & Library Science (SILS) at Pratt Institute.

    George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film  Very extensive collections of photography and film both commercial and art.  There are some glaring omissions and women are underrepresented.   Still, there is a lot of useable material here.
     
     
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