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  • The Artchive
    The core of this most excellent art site is a collection of more than 2,200 of the best scans of works of over 200 artists. If you have a good monitor you'll get a sense of the potential for digitized images. In addition: Galleries contains scanner and curator Mark Harden's online exhibitions (not to be missed!); Juxtapositions is a collection of art exhibit reviews with the images linked; Theory and Criticism has some of the best in art criticism, hyperlinked to the art being discussed; reviews of art CD-ROMS; and a collection of links to major art resources.
  • Artcyclopedia
    Subtitled The Guide to Museum-Quality Art on the Internet, this site serves as a comprehensive index to the online exhibits of thousands of artists. Search by artist's name or browse the A to Z listing. Entries include links to museum sites, image archives, and other online resources. The focus is primarily painting and sculpture, but a smattering of other media (e.g., architecture, decorative arts) is represented. Claims to be a work in progress, and an impressive one it is.
    Over 23,000 North American artists - painters, sculptors, and illustrators - are listed in this searchable resource. Included are digital images of the artists' work as well as auction data, brief biographies, book references, and periodical citations. There is information on approximately 300 dealers and galleries, and over 1000 museums are listed. Search by the last name (required) and first name (optional) of an artist to see a basic profile page. The site publishers welcome input, including biographical data, from knowledgeable viewers. Specialized lists include Hudson River School, California Artists, Early Taos, and other categories.
  • Archives of American Art
    This site is a huge collection of over 16 million primary source materials consisting of diaries, letters, manuscripts, photographs, films, audio recordings, video recordings, and many more artifacts documenting American culture for the past 200+ years.
  • Getty Publications Virtual Library
    At this amazing resource, you can find digital copies of select Getty publications spanning our forty-year publishing history, including many titles that are now out of print. All publications appear as they were originally published, with no changes made to the content or design.


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  • Art Educaton

    • ArtsEdNet
      "ArtsEdNet, an online service developed by the Getty Education Institute for the Arts, supports the needs of the K-12 arts education community. It focuses on helping arts educators, general classroom teachers using the arts in their curriculum, museum educators, and university faculty involved in the arts."
  • Book Arts

    • Books Arts Web
      A Web site "which features links to a large selection of book arts related sites on the web, including galleries with images." Maintained by Peter D. Verheyen, Conservation Librarian, Syracuse University Library.
    • Center for Book Arts
      "The Center for Book Arts is dedicated to the preservation of the traditional crafts of bookmaking, as well as contemporary interpretations of the book as an art object."
  • Ceramics

    • InterGlaze
      An interactive glaze analysis program by Gary Wang.
    • American Ceramic Society
      A professional organization dealing primarily with technical ceramics and materials science, but also of interest to those in fine arts ceramics.
  • Drawing

    • Drawing: perspective, shading, and composition
      Covers linear perspective, atmospheric perspective, shading (value), and compositional models. Prepared by Ralph Larmann, University of Evansville.
    • the figure-drawing LAB
      "This site is devoted to better understanding of the elements that make up the human figure and how to better portray them. It is intended as a resource for artists and art students who work with the human form. This site focuses on accepted conventions of figure drawing that have been used to model the figure since the time of the Ancient Greeks." Prepared by Ralph Larmann, University of Evansville.
  • Metals and Jewelry

    • ABANA: Artist - Blacksmiths' Association of North America
      A non-profit art and education organization focused on contemporary and traditional art metalwork. Includes sections for Resources and Links leading to information about suppliers, books, metal finishing, metal machining, etc.
    • Society of American Silversmiths
      A professional association devoted to the preservation and promotion of contemporary silversmithing - specifically in the areas of holloware, flatware, and sculpture. This Web site includes interesting links to information on silver care, restoration/conservation, a glossary, technical "shop talk", and photograph and slide labeling.
  • Photography

    • Digitaltruth Photo
      Includes a massive b/w development chart, photo links, a data page, and links to shareware and freeware.
    • Voice of the Shuttle: Photography Page
      One of the premiere sites for humanities research on the Internet. "Woven" by Alan Liu, University of California, Santa Barbara.
  • Sculpture

    • Sculptor.Org
      "A comprehensive resource for sculptors," including a wide range of interesting and eclectic topics. Created by Richard Collins, a sculptor.
  • Visual Communication

    • Communication Arts: the Essential Creative Resource
      "The World Wide Web site for Communication Arts, the world's largest magazine on creativity for graphic designers, art directors, copywriters, photographers, illustrators and multimedia designers. This site is much more than just a reuse of existing content from the magazine, it's an extensive online resource for creative professionals to enhance their work and careers and a catalyst for bringing community to visual communicators around the world." This site includes exhibits online, creative community information, creative resources, business and career information, tools and technology, production resources, and more.
  • Images

    • AMICO: Art Museum Image Consortium
      A huge catalog of thumbnail images of over 100,000 digitized works of art, text, and multimedia provided by a consortium of over 35 art museums around the world. Search by creator, creation date, and other key access points. Includes art forms from different cultures ranging from prehistoric to contemporary time periods. Provides extensive rights information for each image, reproduction request forms, links to publications, and institutional membership agreements.
    • NYPL Digital Collections
    • The LIFE Picture Collection
      This site lives up to its claim to be "one of the most extraordinary collections of pictures in the world." Time, Inc. is putting online hundreds of thousands of photographs from its collection of more than 20 million photos taken since the 1930s for its publications, including Time, Life, People, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, and Time-Life Books. In addition, they've added more than a million historical images (prints, illustrations, and photographs) from the London Mansell Collection. An excellent search engine and help files. Registration (free) required.

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