Research Guides

Art & Art History

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Featured Links
Quick Links to University Resources in the Arts
Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
A Short Guide to Writing about Art
Contains notes and sample essays by students and model paragraphs by students and scholars to help students understand what to say and how to say it when writing about art.
Article Indexes
Art Abstracts 
Art Abstracts™ is a comprehensive resource for art information featuring high-quality indexing and abstracting of over 600 periodicals dating back to 1984, including 280 peer-reviewed journals, as well as indexing and abstracting of over 13,000 art dissertations, and indexing of almost 200,000 art reproductions, which provide examples of styles and art movements, including works by emerging artists. The database covers fine, decorative and commercial art, folk art, photography, film, and architecture, and also includes a database-specific thesaurus.
ARTbibliographies Modern (ABM)

ARTbibliographies Modern (ABM), a premier source of information on modern and contemporary arts that provides full abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, PhD dissertations, and exhibition reviews dating from the late 19th century onwards, including photography since its invention. The coverage of ABM is wide-ranging and includes performance art and installation works, video art, computer and electronic art, body art, graffiti, artist's books, theatre arts, conservation, crafts, ceramic and glass art, ethnic arts, graphic and museum design, fashion, and calligraphy, as well as traditional media including illustration, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and drawing.

Art Index Retrospective 1929-1984
Art Index Retrospective contains hundreds of titles from feature articles, interviews, film reviews, book reviews, bibliographies, exhibition listings, conference reports, anthologies, and editorials. Coverage includes fine, decorative and commercial art. 

Bibliography of the History of Art
BHA and RILA cover European and American visual arts material published between 1975 and 2007.

Index to Nineteenth Century American Art Periodicals
An online index of 42 art journals published in the U.S. during the 19th century. 19th Century Art Periodicals offers information on artists and illustrators, painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, architecture and design, exhibitions and sales, decoration, and collecting. Also contains articles, art notes, stories, poems and advertisements.

JSTOR is a not-for-profit organization initially funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, dedicated to the development of a digital library in support of the arts and sciences. JSTOR is comprised of the full-text of more than 1,000 academic journals covering a wide range of disciplines. Approximately 165 art, architectural history, and archaeology titles are included.

Find Images
Artstor is a nonprofit organization committed to digital collection solutions for universities, museums, schools, and libraries worldwide. 

George Eastman House, Photography Collections Online
A digital image sampler and browsing resource for the vast photography holdings of George Eastman House.

Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (Library of Congress)
More than 13.7 million images, including photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings. International in scope, but particularly rich in materials documenting the history of the United States.​

AP Image Archive
AP Images gives you access to the world’s largest collections of historical and contemporary photographs, so you have all the imagery you need, right when you need it.

American Memory: Historical Collections for the National Digital Library
American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity.

Catalog of Art Museum Images Online

CAMIO® — OCLC's Catalog of Art Museum Images Online — is a growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums.

Artsy features the world’s leading galleries, museum collections, foundations, artist estates, art fairs, and benefit auctions, all in one place. 

Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA)
The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. 

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
the collection contains unparalleled holdings in every ensuing period of visual culture up to the present day, including such distinctly modern forms as film and industrial design in addition to more traditional mediums.

Smithsonian American Art Museum
The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the nation's first collection of American art, is an unparalleled record of the American experience. The collection captures the aspirations, character, and imagination of the American people throughout three centuries.

Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)
The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. The Museum holds many of the UK's national collections and houses some of the greatest resources for the study of architecture, furniture, fashion, textiles, photography, sculpture, painting, jewellery, glass, ceramics, book arts, Asian art and design, theatre and performance.

Louvre Museum
Intended as a universal museum since its inception in 1793, its collections—among the finest in the world—span several thousands of years and a territory that extends from America to the confines of Asia.

New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC)
The New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC) consists of the research libraries of three leading art museums in New York City: The Brooklyn Museum, The Frick Collection, and The Museum of Modern Art.
U.M. Digital Collections
The University of Miami Digital Collections provide online access to primary source materials to support teaching, learning, and research at the University and worldwide. 
Find Images -- Supplementary Resources

A commercial image database featuring hundreds of thousands of images to be licensed. It is handy for a quick image reference.

Getty Images
Getty Images is among the world’s leading creators and distributors of award-winning still imagery,video, music and multimedia products, as well as other forms of premium digital content

World's Master Paintings: from the Early Renaissance to the Present


Oval Projection World Map, Francesco Rosselli, Italy, 1508  (ARTstor)

Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection, University of Texas
Open Access Resources
Local Art Collections
Bass Museum of Art
Located in the heart of Miami Beach, the Bass Museum of Art offers a range of dynamic contemporary art exhibitions. Educational programs, artist projects, lectures, concerts and free family days complement the works on view.

CIFO: Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation
Dedicated to the support of emerging and mid career contemporary artists from Latin America. Since 2002, CIFO has granted more than $1 Million to over 90 artists from Latin America and has exhibited their work in our signature art space in downtown Miami — The CIFO ArtSpace.

De la Cruz Collection
The de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space is privately funded by Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz. This space serves as an extension of their home, where for over 25 years they have shared their collection with the public. The primary purpose of this space is to provide education and awareness in the visual arts. Educational programming includes lectures, artist-led workshops, docent-led tours, scholarship opportunities and student travel initiatives.

The Lowe Art Museum 
The Lowe Art Museum is the largest collecting art museum in the South Florida region, and one of the few in Florida with a far-ranging general collection. From its inception in the 1950s, the collection has developed a diverse collection capable of serving the educational and cultural needs of the University of Miami and the greater South Florida community. The Lowe's permanent collection takes on added significance as a reflection of Miami's multicultural population, and as a tool to support and help bridge cultural gaps in our communities. The Lowe maintains 11 collecting departments.
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse is a non-profit institution located in a 45,000 square foot retro-fitted warehouse in the Wynwood Arts District of Miami. The Warehouse presents seasonal exhibitions from the collection of renowned collector Martin Z. Margulies as well as educational programs, & special exhibitions and an international loan program.

Museum of Contemporary Art
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is dedicated to making contemporary art accessible to diverse audiences – especially underserved populations – through the collection, preservation and exhibition of the best of contemporary art and its art historical influences.

PAMM Perez Art Museum
Pérez Art Museum Miami is a modern and contemporary art museum dedicated to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Rubell Family Collection
In Miami, Florida, since 1993, the RFC is exhibited within a 45,000-square-foot repurposed Drug Enforcement Agency confiscated goods facility and is publicly accessible. The Contemporary Arts Foundation (CAF) was created in 1994 by Don and Mera Rubell with their son Jason Rubell to expand the RFC’s public mission inside the paradigm of a contemporary art museum.

The Wolfsonian FIU The Wolfsonian's collections comprise approximately 180,000 objects from the 1850s to 1950s—the height of the Industrial Revolution through the end of the Second World War—in a variety of media including furniture; industrial-design objects; works in glass, ceramics, and metal; rare books; periodicals; ephemera; works on paper; paintings; textiles; and medals. 

Wynwood Galleries
The Wynwood Arts District is home to over 70 Art Galleries, Retail Stores, Antique Shops, Eclectic Bars, and one of the largest open-air street-art installations in the world.
Quick Links
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Miami Art Guide
Miami Art Guide is the ultimate source of information about exhibitions, plays, concerts, events, performances, book readings, film screenings, and more.
Support for Artists
National YoungArts Foundation
The National YoungArts Foundation identifies and nurtures the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts and assists them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development.  YoungArts serves as the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the country's highest honor for young artists. 
Professional Organizations
AAM - American Association of Art Museums
Every type of museum is represented including art, history, science, military and maritime, and youth museums, as well as aquariums, zoos, botanical gardens, arboretums, historic sites, and science and technology centers.

Association of Art Historians
The national organisation for professional art and design historians, researchers or students who are involved in education, galleries, museums and art-related publishing, or any other activity linked with art and design history.

College Art Association
Promotes excellence in scholarship and teaching in the history and criticism of the visual arts.

CHArt: Computers and the History of Art
A society open to all who have an interest in the application of computers to the study of art and design.

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