Image Resources Beyond CU

See the VRC's extensive directory of external image sources. These have been selected for their image quality, reliable descriptive metadata, breadth of coverage, and/or specialized coverage.

VRC Digital Collections

Find the home page of the VRC's collections here. The individual collections are listed below with descriptions. Housed in the LUNA platform, they support and reflect the Department of Art and Art History's curriculum. CU Boulder students, staff, and faculty: Log in with your IdentiKey username and password to see all VRC collections.

See our LUNA Users Guide to learn how to take full advantage of LUNA's advanced tools, including Media Groups, advanced searching, the LUNA Workspace, and exporting media as single files, zipped files, or to PowerPoint.


The Art and Art History Student Work Archive houses documentation of MFA and BFA work from the Department of Art and Art History, with the most recent work appearing first. Since the 1960s the Department has routinely archived MFA thesis exhibitions, initially as 35mm slides and VHS tapes and now as digital files. The Visual Resources Center is currently digitizing and cataloging the 35mm slides in reverse chronological order. Note that over time some students did not submit documentation of their work, so there are occasional gaps in representation. Documentation of BFA exhibitions has been collected in recent years, but submissions have been sporadic due to their voluntary nature.


The Visiting Artist Lecture Series collection consists of videorecorded public lectures and interviews dating back to 1987 from the Department of Art and Art History's Visiting Artist program. Also includes talks by visiting lecturers and faculty from the department. Videos appear in reverse chronological order, with the most recent titles appearing first. For copyright reasons, the collection is limited to current students, faculty, and staff at CU Boulder IdentiKey login required (click on link at top of page). Note: Videos for this collection are being moved from the Visual Resources Teaching Collection during the winter of 2020/2021. Check there if you cannot find the video you are looking for. You may also contact the VRC for assistance.


The Visual Resources Teaching Collection includes materials digitized and licensed for courses and research. For copyright reasons, the collection is limited to current students, faculty, and staff at CU Boulder IdentiKey login required (click on link at top of page). Visiting Artist videos are available to all CU Boulder students, staff, and faculty. Note that videos are not available until the semester following an artist’s visit. There are two Visiting Artist video formats: recorded public lectures and an interview series called What Follows (produced intermittently over time; no longer in production as of fall 2017).

You may wish to first browse our list of all Visiting Artist videos (arranged in reverse chronological order, with most recent visits first)

The Vandersall Archive (open access) consists of digitized images from the research travels of Amy L. Vandersall, specialist in medieval art and architecture, Professor Vandersall taught for the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado Boulder, and provides her photographs free of charge for scholarly publishing.

The Emanuel Martinez Collection, which has been digitized and cataloged by the Art and Art History Visual Resources Center, consists of materials collected by the Chicano artist Emanuel Martinez during his expansive career. As a muralist, painter, and sculptor, Martinez has achieved international acclaim. His career exploded during the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, during which he worked with civil rights leaders Cesar Chavez, Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzalez, and Reies López Tijerina and helped to popularize the Chicano mural movement. Martinez has received numerous public art commissions in Colorado, Arizona, Texas, and other parts of the United States. He has also participated in major museum exhibitions and his work is part of the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Art. The materials of this collection speak to his successful and lengthy artistic career, as well as the broader Chicano Movement in the U.S. After Martinez approached the Latino History Project at the University of Colorado Boulder about the collection in 2019, he agreed to loan the materials to the University. They are reproduced here with his permission.

The Department of Art and Art History's Practicum Lecture Series explores strategies to forge a sustainable, productive, fulfilling career in the arts. Through public talks, individual meetings, and workshops, guest speakers discuss the trajectory and evolution of their art practices, work/life balance, and professional development strategies. The series started in the spring 2018 and takes place in the spring semester. Please explore this archive to learn about our invited guests, who are a diverse group of local and nationally known art professionals.

The Bernier Archive documents more than thirty years of research travels by University of Colorado Boulder Professor Ronald Bernier and Dianne Bernier. Dr. Bernier was an art historian specializing in Himalayan architecture. The Berniers traveled extensively throughout Asia, with repeated trips to the Himalayas, South Asia, and Southeast Asia in particular. Their images are available for non-commercial use with attributions under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license.

The Rural Environments Archive highlights a unique and ever evolving collection of photographs and artifacts collected by Associate Professor Richard Saxton (Founder and Director of M12 Studio). Along with Professor Saxton’s images of the rural landscape and vernacular structures, REA contains additional photographs, videos, artworks and everyday documents that have been gathered by students and members of the public. There are also various tools, books, and objects such as used pie tins from Pie Town, New Mexico and postcards from the Enchanted Highway in rural North Dakota. REA is housed at the University of Colorado Boulder and is a collaborative endeavor between Professor Saxton, The Art & Rural Environments Field School, and the Visual Resources Center. The collection currently contains over 6000 images capturing both spatial and social realities of the rural. Presenting documents of budding rural life as well as neglect and abandonment, the collection covers a large variety of what makes up the rural.

Art and Art History Images on Flickr

The VRC regularly posts images of people and events related to the Department of Art and Art History on our Flickr site. We also invite departmental members and alumni to join our Flickr group and share your own AAH content there.

Other Digital Collections at CU

The VRC's collections are part of the CU Digital Library, which includes numerous collections from the University Libraries. The CU Digital Library website is soon transitioning to a different platform, and will undergo updating at that time.

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