Visual Resources Center  

Mission  The mission of the Visual Resources Center is to support the Newcomb Art Department and Tulane University community by providing and developing high-quality visual resources for teaching and research in studio art and art history.  The VRC helps professors and their students find, create, and display images of artwork. The VRC also provides technical and audio/visual support for the Newcomb Art Department.  

Collection Development  The VRC creates and manages digital images for course presentation and study. The Newcomb Art Department's collection in LUNA currently numbers 31,000 digital images used in the teaching of art history, studio art, and related disciplines. Holdings are strong in Western art, as well as in that of Latin America. The majority of the images are produced in-house from a variety of sources provided by faculty, students and staff. To request scanning please complete the online form. Analog slides are no longer being created. In order to maintain the high quality of images in our digital image collection, the Visual Resources Center has established procedures regarding the scanning of slides and books. Complete the Scanning Request Sheet and bring the materials to the VRC office.  The suggested amount of time for a request is a minimum of two weeks and last minute requests will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Copyright  Use of the images in Newcomb Art Department's collection is restricted under the fair use clause of the Copyright Law (Title 17, United States Code). The images are available for educational use only, commercial use of any kind is strictly prohibited by law.

Image Resources  In addition to the Art Department's collection in LUNA, Tulane University Libraries maintains a subscription to ARTstor.

Onsite Resources  The VRC houses a VHS/DVD collection and a book collection to support teaching and research in art.  A/V equipment including projectors and laptops are available for use.  These items may be checked out by faculty, students, or staff of the art department. The check out sheets are completed when the equipment leaves the center and when it returns.  Student use must be sponsored by a faculty member. 


Tulane University, Newcomb Art Dept., 202 Woldenberg Art Center, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5327