The Image Resource Center (IRC) focuses on resources for teaching and research in the Department of Art and Art History. We provide and facilitate visual materials – both real and virtual – to department members in support of their courses, and guidance for any student researching in several subject areas. Among our resources are over 4,500 digital images of works of art and architecture, slide and digital projection equipment and more than 80,000 35mm slides. We have collections of art videos and DVDs, books and journals and a growing archive of ephemera related to the history of the department since the 1940s.

SEARCH FOR IMAGES on our Image Search page.

SEARCH for Books and Journals 

HOURS and How to Contact Us

The Image Resource Center is located in Garland Hall 205. We are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm to 4:45 pm, unless otherwise noted. Please call or email Rachel Dobson, Visual Resources Curator, if you would like to visit or have questions: (205) 348-1893;

The Image Resource Center is open to all Art and Art History faculty, teaching assistants and graduate students. Undergraduates taking an ART or ARH course who have a faculty sponsor are also welcome to use our resources. We welcome inquiries from other UA faculty and students who would like assistance in web-searching for images and related research and technical issues. Faculty outside the department should look to Audio/Visual Solutions (old Classroom Resource Center) ( for projection equipment and support and to the Faculty Resource Center ( for teaching resources and software support.

Art and Art History faculty members are encouraged to participate in the continued growth of the Image Resource Center by making requests and acquisition suggestions of images and other resources.  Email your queries and suggestions to


Along with our book collection of more than 900 art and art history titles, we have been recently gifted with more than 1,700 volumes in the Dr. and Mrs. William T. Price Asian Art Book Collection.

More than 4,500 digital images stored on the Arts and Sciences shared server are browsable by time period and artist’s name. Along with the traditional canon of western art, we have a growing collection of Asian digital images and slides and a collection of archival images pertaining to the department’s history on The University of Alabama campusAll materials within the collections of the Image Resource Center are protected under copyright laws. For further information about fair use and copyright restrictions, contact us.


  • Check out videos, DVDs, books, journals, and other art-related periodicals. An MS Excel file of dvds and videos is available on request.
  • Get personal help finding images in any of our digital collections, including art historical images, department history archives, and graduate student theses.
  • Use ARTstor, a subscription-based digital library of nearly one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences available to the UA community through the UA Libraries website.
  • Request scanned images for your course(s) two weeks ahead.
  • Get help building a MS Powerpoint lecture, scanning your own images, or manipulating images in Photoshop, and other tasks. If you are interested in learning about these or other skills, please contact me.
  • Come for guidance and advice in researching your art-related subject. Get help researching obscure images.
  • Send your recent accomplishments, publications, exhibitions, travels, and other news to for publication in The Loupe, our departmental newsletter that also goes out to alumni and administrators on campus.


To supplement our image collections and that of ARTstor, we also post more local image resources at Flickr and on our Facebook pages:


If you have questions or need help finding images, contact us for ideas, advice, and help in your search: 348-1893 or Rachel Dobson is the visual resources curator and communications specialist for the Department of Art and Art History.