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The Visual Resources Center (VRC) Collections include works of art and design, buildings, cities and cultural objects from pre-history to the present day.  The Visual Resources Center is a campus-wide resource for the use of visual materials in teaching and research.

Image: Self Portrait (Inn of the Dawn Horse), Leonora Carrington, 1937-38, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)


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 Institutional 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 and Neatline

The Visual Resources Center provides support and training to faculty and students who wish to use 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.

Neatline is a plugin for Omeka that allows you to create exhibitions that are map-based. Neatline can be used in conjunction with Omeka or as a standalone platform; it utilizes a variety geo-temporal tools including waypoints, annotations and timelines.


For more information on Omeka or Neatline, 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.