The Artstor image database has multiple uses for GRCC art students and faculty – but it’s also a great resource for everyone! View and reuse astoundingly beautiful high-quality images depicting a multitude of topics. Artstor images come from the “world’s leading museums, photo archives, scholars, and artists and are searchable in one easily-navigated repository.” New images are added monthly; all images are rights-cleared for educational use.
For other art resources, see the Visual Arts Subject Guide. For other image resources, see the Multimedia & Image Subject Guide.
Artstor has released more than 93,000 new images from four of New York’s leading cultural institutions. This eclectic release ranges across the history and built environment of New York City itself to art and artifacts from the Renaissance through the present day. Included are images from the New York Historical Society, the Museum of the City of New York, the Morgan Library & Museum, and, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Take a look!
For additional images resources, see the Multimedia & Image Resources Subject Guide. For additional arts resources, see the Visual Arts Subject Guide.
Today, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art made history my implementing an Open Access policy. The Met has made “images of artworks it believes to be in the public domain widely and freely available for unrestricted use, and at no cost, in accordance with the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) designation and the Terms and Conditions of their website. Also available is data from the entire online collection―both works it believes to be in the public domain and those under copyright or other restrictions.” Met content will also soon be available within ArtStor, one of GRCC’s licensed databases, where it will provide students and faculty even more robust search results.
For additional image resources, see the [Image] tab on the Multimedia & Image Subject Guide. For more on Creative Commons, view this archived webinar, The Beauty of Some Rights Reserved – An Introduction to Creative Commons Licensing, from the Michigan Community Colleges Association.
By Lisa M. Rabey
Systems & Web Librarian
One of my favorite databases at GRCC is ARTstor, an image database that has collections from top museums and libraries from around the world. Whether your interest is in medieval art, Native America history, or landscapes, there is something for everyone at ARTstor.
And it’s getting even better.
ARTstor has just announced they are collaboratng with the publishing magnet, Conde Nast, to add 25,000 new images to the ARTstor collections. This includes selections of
- Cartoons from The New Yorker
- Lifestyle images, dating back to 1892, from publications as House & Garden, Glamour, Vanity Fair, and Vogue.
If you have any questions about accessing ARTstor or any other database, please contact the library and we’ll return your email within a business day. Or if you’d like immediate assistance, give us a call instead.
By Janelle Yahne
At Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM), you can dig into some Freudian psychology by viewing the art in Real/Surreal. Grand Rapids is the first stop of the exhibit’s national tour developed by the Whitney Museum of American Art. Art from Andrew Wyeth, Edward Hopper, Man Ray, Grand Wood and many others are currently on display through January 13th. Along with this exhibit, there is a show of Salvador Dali’s Twelve Tribes of Israel as a complement.
As a GRCC student or employee, you can visit the GRAM for free, along with other local museums, with your RaiderCard! This is an excellent opportunity to see amazing artwork and a beautiful LEED certified building. If you missed the chance to visit the GRAM during ArtPrize, this is the time to visit as the crowds are much smaller. The winner of this year’s competition, Elephants, will be on display through Thanksgiving so see it while you can!
Not able to visit the GRAM? Check out ARTstor in our databases. Some of the art is available for viewing as high quality images that allow the viewer to zoom quite close to see the minute details. Not all the pieces at the GRAM are in ARTstor.