Visual Resources Center

A dark haired young woman works at a computer with two screens
A dark haired young woman works at a computer with two screens

The Visual Resources Center (VRC) is a unit within the Art and Art History Department located in 416 Clough Hall. The VRC helps Rhodes faculty and students find, create, and use images for teaching and research. The VRC houses the departmental art collection, a digital image and multimedia collection, 80,000 35mm slides, and digitization equipment. The VRC is a campus-wide resource for digital imaging and preservation services.

Special Projects

Memphis Art Project [] is a website that creates access to public artwork in Memphis by providing images, information, and locations for public artwork all over town. New content and mobile optimization will be added in the coming months. Stay tuned! 

Student artwork is digitized in the VRC and published in DLynx, the Rhodes College digital archive . 

Images created by faculty on research trips are made available through the VRC on DLynx [].

The VRC administers the Art and Art History Department Facebook page - please contact the VRC with departmental news and events.

Selected Image Databases

ARTstor []: The ARTstor Digital Library is a nonprofit resource that provides over 1.6 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences. 

Google Art Project []: Museums large and small have contributed more than 40,000 high-resolution images of artwork. Some paintings are available in ‘gigapixel’ format, allowing you to zoom in at brushstroke level to examine incredible detail.

Flickr Creative Commons []: Millions of high-resolution images available for download and use for academics -- a great place to look for any image-rich project.

Europeana []: Access millions of books, paintings, films, museum objects and archival records that have been digitized in over 2,000 European institutions. 

Artsy []: Artsy features artworks for sale in commercial galleries. A good place to find images of contemporary works. Artsy is also the home to the Art Genome Project, an art historical study seeking to define the characteristics which distinguish and connect works of art.

CAMIO []: A growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums. CAMIO highlights the creative output of cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times, and covering the complete range of expressive forms.

Digital Images Collections Wiki []: A guide to free and fair use digital image collections organized by Wellesley College.

Digital Public Library of America []: DPLA brings together the riches of America′s libraries, archives, and museums and makes them freely available to the world.  It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word to works of art and culture, to records of America′s heritage, to the efforts and data of science.

Contact us: 
Rosie Meindl, Visual Resources Curator 
Clough Hall 416 
(901) 843-3092