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Visual Resources Center

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The Visual Resources Center (VRC) supports faculty, staff, and students who use images and other visual media in their teaching, scholarship, and creative projects. We provide technical assistance and training in software and hardware and serve as a campus resource for questions regarding copyright and image permissions. We also help users locate high-quality images that are not in our collection and manipulate files for presentations and class papers.

The VRC subscribes to a number of art and art history journals, magazines, and newspapers. Come by the adjacent Art Library Lounge, Packard Hall 123, to check out the newest additions, including Art in Print, Art Forum, Cabinet, Juxtapoz, and Sculpture.

Image Collection

The Visual Resources Center maintains an image collection of approximately 200,000 art and architecture slides and 125,000 high-resolution digital images, located in CCDID (linked below). Although we no longer produce slides, you are welcome to browse our archives. Our current focus is growing our digital database through faculty and student requests and general collection development aimed at diversifying the types of work and artists represented.

The Colorado College Digital Image Database (CCDID) is available to all members of the Colorado College community. CCDID digital images are for educational purposes only and must be used in accordance with "fair use" copyright guidelinesDatabase Available with CC Account Only.

NEW: The Art Department has recently licensed 80,000 images from the Archivision library, a collection of high-quality art and architecture photographs for scholarship and teaching. These images were integrated into CCDID in 2018.

DAMWLogoSoftware and Hardware Tutorials

The Visual Resources Center offers software and hardware tutorials throughout the year. Check the tutorials calendar for our current offerings and workshop descriptions. Meghan Rubenstein, the Curator of Visual Resources, is also available to discuss specific projects one-on-one.

Equipment

The VRC is equipped with two 27" iMacs with the Adobe Creative Cloud, two large format scanners (Epson Expression 10000XL-PH and 12000XL-GA), a smaller flatbed scanner with a transparency lid (Epson Perfection V550 Photo), two film scanners (Nikon Super Coolscan 5000), and a 27" Wacom Cintiq.

Adjacent to the work stations are two large light tables and a collaborative work space, which includes a conference table, projector, and wall-mounted glass writing surface. The table seats 10 comfortably and can be reserved for meetings, group study sessions, or small classes. With the table removed, 16+ can be accommodated in this area. 

Some of our equipment is available for short-term check out to art majors and students enrolled in Art Department classes. This equipment includes Wacom Intuos Pro Medium tablets, Wacom Intuos Draw tablets, digital projectors, HD media players, two MacBook Pros with Adobe Creative Cloud software, and a DSLR Canon camera.