Visual Resources Center

The Visual Resources Center is a state-of-the-art facility that supports activities related to the teaching, learning, and research use of images and digital resources in the Department of Fine Arts and Art History, the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, and the wider university community.

The VRC collection consists of 150,000 slides and 20,000 digital images. The slide collection is a comprehensive art and architecture collection ranging from the pre-classical period through the twentieth century. The fast-growing digital image collection currently has emphases in classical mythology and modern and contemporary art. Resources are available in multiple formats, including digital images, slides, and multi-media.

Among the services the Center provides are:

  • Research and learning image resources for students and faculty
  • Image and multi-media collection production and development with an emphasis on the capture, editing, and compositing of visual materials
  • Equipment and support for lecture production and delivery
  • Cataloguing and database management
  • Lecture classroom support

The Center houses ten dual-platform (Mac and PC) workstations, each with a high-resolution graphics display monitor, four laptop computers, four portable data-projectors, one high-resolution flatbed scanner, one high-resolution digital camera, three DVD players, and three opaque projectors.

The Department of Fine Arts and Art History administers the VRC with support from the Office of Technology Services in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. It is staffed with a curator who oversees cataloguing, information management, image production, visual communications, as well as lecture classroom support.

The VRC Facility is available for individual faculty and student projects, and for class groups. Before beginning work on a project in the VRC, patrons should contact the VRC Specialist Paul Reuther ( to arrange access times. Student projects require a faculty sponsor, and students should also contact the VRC specialist in advance.

Who do I contact for more info about VRC?

Paul Reuther

Visual Resources Coordinator

Lecture and Study Resources




Materials Image Database


VRC Equipment Reserve