The Image Resource Center focuses on resources for teaching in the department of art and art history. We provide and facilitate visual materials – both real and virtual – to department faculty and graduate teaching assistants in support of their courses. Among our resources are over 4,200 digital images of works of art and architecture, and more than 80,000 35mm slides. We have collections of videos and DVDs, books, and journals having to do with the visual arts and artists. We also have a growing collection of photographs and ephemera related to the history of the department since the mid-1940s.
In 2016 and 2017, noted Asian art collector Dr. William T. Price gifted part of his vast collection of books, periodicals, and fine art magazines to The University of Alabama. With the assistance of the College of Arts and Sciences, the department established the Dr. and Mrs. William T. Price Asian Art Book Collection in Garland Hall, consisting of more than 1,500 items.
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Location, Hours, Contact Info
The Image Resource Center is located in Garland Hall and is open by appointment only. Please call or email Rachel Dobson, Visual Resources Curator, if you would like to visit or have questions: (205) 348-1893; firstname.lastname@example.org.
IRC resources are available 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 the Center for Instructional Technology (http://cit.ua.edu/) for teaching resources and software support.
Along with our book collection of more than 900 art and art history titles, we have been recently gifted with more than 1,500 volumes in the Dr. and Mrs. William T. Price Asian Art Book Collection.
More than 4,200 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 campus. All 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.
IRC Resources & Services
- Check out videos, DVDs, books, journals, and other art-related periodicals. Go to the online catalog.
- Get personal help finding images in any of our digital collections, including art historical images, department history archives, and graduate student theses.
- Contact the visual resources curator for guidance and advice in researching your art-related subject.
- Send your recent accomplishments, publications, exhibitions, travels, and other news to email@example.com for publication in our departmental newsletter.
- The University of Alabama archives theses and dissertations through its Institutional Repository website. Art history theses dating from 2013 are viewable and/or accessible here: https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/30. All art history theses may be found via the UA Libraries catalog.
Web & Social Media Resources
To supplement our image collections and that of ARTstor, we also post more local image resources at Flickr and on our social media pages:
- Instagram: @ua_art_and_art_history
- UA Art on Facebook
- UA Art on Flickr
Here to Help
If you have questions or need help finding images, contact us for ideas, advice, and help in your search: 348-1893 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Rachel Dobson is the visual resources curator and communications specialist for the department of art and art history.