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The Visual Resources Center (VRC) currently holds more than 40,000 digital images and 130,000 35mm slides. Our image collections cover a broad subject area, including works of art and design, buildings, cities and cultural objects from pre-history to the present day.  While these collections primarily serve the teaching needs of Art History and Studio Art, the Visual Resources Center is a campus-wide resource for the use of visual materials in teaching and research.

Image Acquisition and Production

Bard Faculty may place orders for course related digital images.  All images ordered through the VRC will be included in our Shared Shelf Collection which is accessed through the Artstor Digital Library.  Whenever possible, the VRC will purchase requested images from commercial vendors.  When images are not readily available for purchase, the VRC will produce digital images in-house from high quality books and journals.  See Image Orders for more information.

Omeka Project Set up and Technical Support

The Visual Resources Center is now providing support for Omeka, a collections-focused web publishing platform.  Omeka can be used to share primary source collections, and collaborate with others in the creation of digital exhibitions.

For more information on Omeka or to set up a new project, please contact Amy Herman.


The VRC staff is available to assist you with:

  • Using local and subscription image databases
  • Search strategies and best practices for finding images
  • Instruction on the use of image presentation software
  • Basic Photoshop and scanning techniques

Training is offered on an individual basis by appointment.