Visual Resources Center

Location: Windgate Center of Art + Design 211
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:15am – 5:00pm

The Visual Resources Center provides access to a continuously expanding teaching collection of digital images and related resources created to support the department faculty and students. The teaching and research materials accessed by faculty and students are to be used for educational, nonprofit use only. The VRC abides by the Fair Use provisions of the Copyright Act and also follows the Image Collection Guidelines produced by the Visual Resources Association.

Digital Images

Madison Digital Image Database (MDID)
MDID is a password protected on-line digital image database of approximately 15,000 images tailored to the curriculum of the department. Copyright restrictions limit MDID access to current Art Department faculty and students. Assistance with the database is available by appointment.


ARTstor is a subscription-based digital image resource with over 1,000,000 images and offering a variety of features useful for teaching support.

DVD/VHS Collection

The DVD/VHS collection is selected by the department faculty in support of course content in art history and studio art. Contact the VRC for a complete listing.

Books and Periodicals

The VRC maintains a select collection of art books and periodicals. Contact the VRC for a complete listing.