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Art and Material Culture

Art and Art History

  • Art History Program at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst–Featuring fine art links from around the world.
  • Online Art Sites–Links from Art on the Net, a virtual space where artists join together in sharing their art with others on the Internet.
  • International Sculpture Center On-line Resource–The International Sculpture Center (ISC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of sculpture as an essential part of the cultural world.
  • The Rossetti Archive–The Rossetti Archive is a hypermedia environment for studying the works of the Pre-Raphaelite poet and painter D. G. Rossetti (1828-1882). The archive is a structured database holding digitized images of Rossetti's works in their original documentary forms. Rossetti's poetical manuscripts, early printed texts—including proofs and first editions—as well as his drawings and paintings are stored in the archive, in full color as needed. The materials are marked up for electronic search and analysis, and they are supplied with full scholarly annotations and notes.
  • Center for Visual Anthropology–From the Ethnographics Lab at the University of Southern California.
  • ArtsEdge home page at the Kennedy center–Links to information on Arts education and research. ArtsEdge is a cooperative agreement between the JFK Center for the Performing Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, with support from the U.S. Department of Education
  • Arts Wire–A communications network for the arts community
  • American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA)–The purpose of the AIGA is to advance excellence in graphic design as a discipline, profession, and cultural force. The AIGA provides leadership in the exchange of ideas and information, the encouragement of critical analysis and research, and the advancement of education and ethical practice.
  • Communication Arts–Communication Arts is the world's largest magazine on creativity for graphic designers, art directors, copywriters, photographers, illustrators and multimedia designers.
  • ArtNetWeb–"the third phase of a process to establish an art colony in cyberspace."
  • American Council for the Arts: ArtsUSA–ACA is an arts advocacy and education organization. ArtsUSA provides the Internet community with news, primary documents, and information related to American arts and culture.
  • The Canada Council–The Canada Council is an independent, arm's length organization created by the Parliament of Canada in 1957 to foster and promote the arts.
  • Women Artists Archive–Information on the Women Artists Archive located at Sonoma State University which contains information on over 1,000 women artists from the Middle Ages through the present day.
  • Artists Index at World Wide Arts Resourc.–If you need help on how to navigate through World Wide Arts Resources please follow this link.

Photography

  • Andes Expedition: Searching For Inca Secrets [Javascript, Frames]– National Geographic has added a virtual Andes Expedition that features at this time a virtual autopsy (annotated images of computed tomography scans) of a 500 year old Inca Woman. Scans include DNA, posture, muscle and bones, head, and stomach. In October, this site is scheduled to cover the Andes Expedition of anthropologist Johan Reinhard (November 1997).
  • Civil War Photographs–The Selected Civil War Photographs Collection from the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress contains 1,118 photographs. Most of the images were made under the supervision of Mathew B. Brady, and include scenes of military personnel, preparations for battle, and battle after-effects. The collection also includes portraits of both Confederate and Union officers, and a selection of enlisted men.
  • Photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company, 1880-1920–This collection of photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company includes over 25,000 glass negatives and transparencies as well as about 300 color photolithograph prints, mostly of the eastern United States. The collection includes the work of a number of photographers, one of whom was the well known photographer William Henry Jackson. A small group within the larger collection includes about 900 mammoth plate images taken by William Henry Jackson along several railroad lines in the United States and Mexico in the 1880s and 1890s. The group also includes views of California, Wyoming and the Canadian Rockies.
  • Color Photographs from the FSA and OWI Home Page–These two collections from the Library of Congress consist of the color photographs produced by a pair of government photography units within the Farm Security Administration (FSA) and the Office of War Information (OWI) between 1939 and 1945. Roy Stryker led the FSA unit during its active years and played a key role in the OWI unit in 1942-43.
  • Hubble Space Telescope Greatest Hits, 1990-1995–An online gallery of some of the Hubble's most spectacular images.
  • Declassified Intelligence Satellite Photographs–Satellite photographs collected by the U.S. intelligence community during the 1960's.
  • National Press Photographers Association–The National Press Photographers Association is an organization dedicated to the advancement of photographic journalism. Our members include still and television photographers, editors, students and representatives of businesses that serve the photojournalism industry.
  • Digital Photography '95 Exhibit–An annual international juried exhibition of photographs presented by The Peoria Art Guild and by Bradley University.

Architecture

  • Cultural and Environmental Affairs Division of the General Services Administration–The Cultural and Environmental Affairs Division, located in the central office of GSA in Washington D.C., directs all historic preservation and compliance activities for GSA; the Art-in-Architecture Program; and all fine arts management of the national Fine Arts Collection. The Division is assisted in these functions by Regional Fine Arts Officers and Regional Historic Preservation Officers located in each of GSA's ten regions.
  • Rice Design Alliance–The Rice Design Alliance (RDA), established in 1973, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of architecture, urban design, and the built environment in the Houston region.
  • Southeastern Architectural Archive–The Southeastern Architectural Archive (SEAA) is one of the country's important architectural research collections. The focus of the collection is the architectural and urban history of New Orleans and the Gulf South, from the 1830s through the 1980s, with significant holdings for other regions of the country. Over 200 architects are represented, a large number by drawings and project records comprising the architect's complete built work.
  • The National Trust for Historic Preservation–The National Trust is a nonprofit organization with more than 250,000 members. As the leader of the national preservation movement, the National Trust is committed to saving America's diverse historic environments and to preserving and revitalizing the livability of communities nationwide. It has seven regional offices, owns 18 historic sites and works with thousands of community groups in all 50 states.
  • Preservation Action Council of San Jose–The Preservation Action Council of San Jose is a non-profit membership organization providing information to property owners and education to the public, and promoting programs and policies for historic preservation and compatible new architectural design.
  • National Building Museum–The world we build for ourselves–from our homes and offices and factories to our parks, our roads, our cites as a whole–is the subject of the NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM, the only institution in the United States dedicated to American achievements in architecture, construction, engineering and design.
  • The Columbus Doors of the U.S. Capitol–The image of Columbus pervades the U.S. Capitol. The first image we encounter as we enter the Capitol Rotunda, the massive Columbus Doors at the east entrance act as a literal and figurative gateway to the shrine of American history and mythology.
  • The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada–RAIC serves the Canadian Architectural community by providing member Architects with their first method of capitalizing on the benefits of the information superhighway.
  • SPIRO - UCB Architecture Slide Library Image Database–SPIRO is the visual online public access catalog (vopac) for the University of California at Berkeley's Architecture Slide Library (ASL) collection of 200,000 35mm slides.
  • The City Beautiful and Washington D.C.–The City Beautiful movement was a movement for urban beautification and social control. It found its first organized expression in the 1901 Plan for Washington D.C., designed by Daniel Burnham and his Senate Parks Commission.
  • National Amusement Park Historical Association–Founded in 1978, the National Amusement Park Historical Association is an international organization dedicated to promoting the preservation and enjoyment of the amusement and theme park industry, past, present and future.

Museums and Exhibits

  • Smithsonian Institution–The Smithsonian Institution was established in 1846 with funds bequeathed to the United States by James Smithson, an English scientist. The Smithsonian is an independent trust instrumentality of the United States holding some 140 million artifacts and specimens in its trust for "the increase and diffusion of knowledge." The Institution is also a center for research dedicated to public education, national service and scholarship in the arts, sciences and history.
  • The Butler Institute of American Art–The Butler has been called America's Museum. This designation pays tribute not only to the Butler's premier collection of American art, but also to the rich history of this pioneer American art museum.
  • Montreal Museum of Fine Arts–Over the course of the past 130 years, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has assembled one of North America's finest encyclopedic collections of art, totalling over 25,000 objects.
  • The Andy Warhol Museum–The Andy Warhol Museum is one of the museums of Carnegie Institute and is a collaborative project of Carnegie Institute, Dia Center for the Arts, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Inc. The museum features extensive permanent collections of art and archives.
  • Whitney Museum of American Art–News, information and online exhibits.
  • University Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive–The University Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (UAM/PFA) is the principal visual arts center of the University of California at Berkeley, and one of the largest university art museums in the world. As a center for visual culture, the UAM/PFA is more than the sum of its two parts. It makes available to its audience the scholarly resources of an eminent university, while bringing to students and the public the best and most challenging art and film produced.
  • Krannert Art Museum–The Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, located on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, houses a collection of more than eight thousand works of art, ranging in date from the fourth millennium B.C. to the present in ten permanent galleries. Four additional galleries offer a variety of special exhibitions, changing frequently throughout the year.
  • Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum–The only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to the study of historical and contemporary design, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum recognizes that individuals, societies, and the natural environment are linked through design.
  • The Electric Gallery–Contemporary Southwest Art and Haitian Art
  • Studio X–Studio X is an experimental media company located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • Christus Rex–A private, non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination of information on works of art preserved in churches, cathedrals and monasteries all over the world.
  • Belinda Di Leo, "Ancestry: Religion, Death and Culture in Central Appalachia"–An MFA Project from UC San Diego, Spring 1994