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Find Images: VRC Collections


The VRC’s digital collections support and reflect the Department of Art and Art History’s curriculum and history. Housed in LUNA software, they consist mostly of still images but also a number of video and sound files.  The collections include the main Art and Art History Visual Resources Collection (accessible to faculty, students, and staff), as well as two historical specialty collections from past faculty (open to anyone). The Art and Art History Visual Resources Collection comprises materials related specifically to the department’s current activities (such as MFA thesis images, images of faculty work, and images and videos from the department’s Visiting Artist program) and to courses offered in the department, especially images that are not readily available in digital form elsewhere (such as contemporary art and specialized content related to our faculty expertise).

Accessing and using the VRC’s collections

1. Visit our LUNA site directly at or through the University of Colorado Digital Library (CU-DL) at

2. Anyone can access the Amy L. Vandersall Medieval Art and Architecture Archive and the Ronald M. and Dianne J. Bernier Archive.

3. Current University of Colorado and Auraria students, staff, and faculty can access the  Art and Art History Visual Resources Collection (access limited for copyright reasons).

A. Boulder campus members: Log in with your IdentiKey username and password (others from the CU system and Auraria institutions, please request a username and password at

B. Select the Art and Art History Visual Resources Collection from the list of collections on the left.

Popular materials:

i. To find images of work by previous MFA students, do a keyword search for “mfa”, then in the Narrow Search column to the left, click on MFA recipient under the Who section.

ii. Instructions for accessing videos from the department’s Visiting Artist Program are posted at

Collection Development Policy
The Art and Art History VRC is a founding member of the University of Colorado’s Digital Asset Collaborative, an image buying and sharing consortium. The other members are the Auraria Digital Resources Center (Denver campus), the Program in Environmental Design (Boulder campus), and the University Libraries. Each unit purchases and creates digital images to meet its immediate curricular needs, then shares these images via LUNA across the University of Colorado. The VRC Digital Image Collection, other CU collections, and publicly shared collections from institutions around the world that use LUNA are available through the CU Digital Library.

Collection development occurs in part by Art and Art History instructor request.  Requests should enhance the collection and support the curriculum.  The VRC also routinely acquires images of MFA thesis, Visiting Artist, and faculty work.  The VRC also gratefully accepts donations of high quality digital images if they 1) support the curriculum, 2) comply with US copyright laws, and 3) are accompanied by the information needed for cataloging.