Friday, January 30, 2009

UW subscribes to ARTstor

The University of Washington has purchased a subscription to ARTstor, "a digital library of nearly one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes."

"ARTstor is a non-profit initiative, founded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with a mission to use digital technology to enhance scholarship, teaching, and learning in the arts and associated fields. "

ARTstor is a subscription service, which means the UW pays an annual fee to use the digital library. I hope you will try using ARTstor to see if the images they have can be of use to you!

There are several training videos about ARTstor on YouTube:

If you want to see other ARTstor videos, go to YouTube at

and search for ARTstor.

ARTstor has extensive coverage of the cave paintings at Dunhuang, for example,

and a number of really fine Cezannes.

Alan Michelson, the architecture librarian, and I are always ready to help users with ARTstor; drop by the BCE Library or the Visual Resources Collection for assistance!


Heather Seneff
Visual Resources Collection
College of Built Environments
University of Washington