Visual Resource Commons

About The VRC

The Visual Resource Commons (VRC) supports the teaching and research mission of the Department of Art and Art History, providing faculty and student access to art related image collections in analog and digital format, art documentation videos, Department and Gallery archives, electronic artist resources, and department-specific software are available for individuals and class projects. The VRC provides an environment conducive for research, class meetings, administrative meetings, and exhibition opportuities.

Hours & Location

  • Fine Arts Building 2109
  • Phone: 817-272-2797
  • Monday–Friday: 8:30AM–5:00PM
  • Extended hours, 5:00PM–7:00PM Monday–Thursday, will be posted when available.

OPEN TO

DEPARTMENT FACULTY and STAFF are encouraged to use the VRC for checking out materials, doing personal research, working with the digital equipment, and meeting with colleagues and students. The VRC can be reserved, in advance, for class meetings and other events.

DEPARTMENT GRADUATE STUDENTS are welcome to use the facility and equipment for independent study and classroom assignments. Availability is limited to times when the VRC has not been reserved for specific classes, meetings, or events. Graduate students may checkout resources with permission of the Director.

DEPARTMENT UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS can use the facility and equipment for study and assigned projects, as directed by their professor and with the approval of the Director of the VRC.

OTHER DEPARTMENT FACULTY AND STUDENTS are encouraged to use the facility in collaborative projects with the Department. Certain resources may be circulated with permission from the Director.

Staff

Name Title E-Mail Phone
Rita Lasater Director rlasater@uta.edu ext. 2-2797

New Resources

Media Name Availability

DVD Director's Label Series Boxed Set: Mark Romanek, Jonathan Glazer, Anton Corbijn, Stéphane Sednaoui (2005) Available

Director’s Label Series Boxed Set: Mark Romanek, Jonathan Glazer, Anton Corbijn, Stéphane Sednaoui

Each volume features music videos, shorts, films and commercials hand-picked by the directors as well as exclusive interviews, alternate takes, unseen short films and documentaries. Each DVD also features exclusive audio and video commentaries from musicians, artists and collaborators.

DVD Director's Label Series Boxed Set - The Works of Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham, and Michel Gondry (2003) Available

Director’s Label Series Boxed Set - The Works of Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham, and Michel Gondry

Each volume features music videos, shorts, films and commercials hand-picked by the directors as well as exclusive interviews, alternate takes, unseen short films and documentaries. Each DVD also features exclusive audio and video commentaries from musicians, artists and collaborators.

DVD Gerhard Richter Painting (2011) Available

Gerhard Richter Painting (2011)

 

Gerhard Richter Painting is a thrilling document of legendary German artist Richter's creative process, juxtaposed with intimate conversations (with his critics, his collaborators, and his American gallerist Marian Goodman) and rare archive material. From our fly-on-the-wall perspective, we watch the 79-year-old create a series of large-scale abstract canvases, using fat brushes and a massive squeegee to apply (and then scrape off) layer after layer of brightly colored paint. This mesmerizing footage, of a highly charged process of creation and destruction, turns Belz's portrait of an artist into a work of art itself.

In German with English subtitles.

DVD Marina Abramovic The Artist is Present (2012) Available

Marina Abramovic The Artist is Present (2012)

Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramovic has been redefining art for nearly forty years. Using her body as a vehicle, she creates performances that challenge, shock, and move us. Marina Abramovic The Artist Is Present is a mesmerizing journey into the world of radical performance, and an intimate portrait of an astonishing magnetic, endlessly intriguing woman who draws no distinction between life and art.

DVD Art: 21 - Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season Six Available

Art: 21 - Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season Six

Season 6 of the Peabody Award-winning series "Art in the Twenty-First Century includes featured artists Marina Abramovic, Ai Weiwei, David Altmejd, El Anatsui, assume vivid astro focus, Lynda Benglis, Rackstraw Downes, Glenn Ligon, Robert Mangold, Catherine Opie, Mary Reid Kelley, Sarah Sze, and Tabaimo.

DVD Picasso & Braque Go to the Movies Avilable

Picasso & Braque Go to the Movies

 

Produced by Martin Scorsese and Robert Greenhut and directed by Arne Glimcher, PICASSO AND BRAQUE GO TO THE MOVIES is a cinematic tour through the effects of the technological revolution, specifically the invention of aviation, the creation of cinema and their interdependent influence on artists Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. With narration by Scorsese and interviews with art scholars and artists including Chuck Close, Julian Schnabel and Eric Fischl, the film looks at the collision between film and art at the turn of the 20th Century and helps us to realize cinema's continuing influence on the art of our time.

DVD The Woodmans Available

The Woodmans

A fascinating, unflinching portrait of the late photographer Francesca Woodman, told through the young artist's work (including experimental videos and journal entries) and remarkably candid interviews with her artist parents Betty and George (an internationally renowned ceramic sculptor and painter/photographer), who have continued their own artistic practices while watching Francesca's professional reputation eclipse their own.

Slide Review

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VRC Information

Information

VRC COLLECTIONS

The Visual Resource Commons' primary holding is a Digital Image Collection of upwards to 100,000 JPEG and TIFF files. Used by Department professors for instruction, as well as research, and by students for study and classroom projects, the digital image collection is a dynamic resource and is the focus of an ongoing access initiative.

The DVD/Video Collection of over 700 items focuses on art documentaries, studio techniques, general history, and special topics to support classroom instruction and personal research. Cataloged in a circulation database, this collection can be searched online and accessed in the VRC by students for class assignments or personal enrichment. Faculty, graduate students, and staff may checkout the holdings for classroom and research purposes.

The Film Script Collection, created especially for student circulation, has 315 items and is used in course assignments.

The BFA Collection, consisting of artwork, artist-statements, and resumes of graduating seniors since 1996, is available for student reference and is maintained for archival documentation.

Three large donations of gallery/museum exhibitions materials create the Exhibition Collection. These materials, database-documented and archivally housed, are available for research and classroom use.

A small non-circulating reference library of art history texts, journals, and other art-related materials is available for students, staff and faculty.

The Department Image Archives, an ongoing analog-to-digital project, documents the history of the Department. Once digitized, this collection will be available through Research Commons, the campus institutional repository offered by the UTA Library. A growing part of the archives is the MFA thesis documentation.

PROCEDURES & CIRCULATION POLICES

VIDEOS and DVDs may be checked out for three days by faculty, staff, & graduate students. BOOKS require special permission to circulate. Books and other materials can be placed ON RESERVE for specified users.

Students can use the VRC computer stations to access art resources in CD-ROM format, view DVDs, and other digital resources. The VRC and adjacent rooms can be reserved for video viewing by larger groups.

DIGITAL IMAGES for course study are available through the Art History page on the Department website. Digital images for classroom presentation are available with the assistance of the VRC Staff. A project to provide online access to the VRC's digital collection is in process.

EQUIPMENT

The VRC has four iMacs, one Power-Mac, and one PC for patron use. Three flat-bed scanners are available - two film scanners and one for oversize materials.

A b/w laser PRINTER for patron use is located on the back computer table. It requires a MavExpress ID card in order to print.

Other equipment includes TV/VCR CART and COMPUTER ON WHEELS (COW). These items can be checkout or reserved for a class period. Equipment should be requested in advance.

SLIDE PROJECTORS, SLIDE TRAYS and an OVERHEAD PROJECTOR are also available, if needed.

A LIGHTBOX, CUTTING MAT, and PAPER CUTTER are available upon request for faculty, staff, and graduate students.

PROCEDURES & CIRCULATION POLICES

The VRC has four iMacs, one Power-Mac, and one PC for patron use. Three flat-bed scanners are available - two film scanners and one for oversize materials.

A b/w laser PRINTER for patron use is located on the back computer table. It requires a MavExpress ID card in order to print.

Other equipment includes TV/VCR CART and COMPUTER ON WHEELS (COW). These items can be checkout or reserved for a class period. Equipment should be requested in advance.

SLIDE PROJECTORS, SLIDE TRAYS and an OVERHEAD PROJECTOR are also available, if needed.

A LIGHTBOX, CUTTING MAT, and PAPER CUTTER are available upon request for faculty, staff, and graduate students.

RESTRICTIONS

CELL PHONE usage is discouraged, especially when others are at work in the VRC. Leave the area to make or receive calls. Cell phone ring-tones should be turned off on entry.

FOOD is not permitted, except during approved events. BEVERAGES are permitted if lidded or bottled, except at the computer stations.

RESERVED ROOMS

FA 2102A, the large Art History lecture room, and FA 2102, the smaller conference room, can be reserved for meetings and presentations, when not scheduled for classes.

FA 2102 is the designated as the meeting room for the Art History Student Union. THE PODIUM COMPUTER AND MOUNTED PROJECTOR ARE FOR CLASS USE ONLY, unless permission is requested.

Contact the VRC Director and/or the Art Office to reserve 2102 or 2102A. Contact the VRC Director to reserve the VRC.

VISUAL RESOURCE COMMONS: COMPUTER USE POLICY

The use of the Internet must be consistent with the policies of the University, and the laws of the State of Texas. These policies and laws include, but are not limited to:

Access to the Internet over VRC computers is a privilege granted to users, and the Department reserves the right to suspend or amend this privilege if a user:

  • Violates Texas obscenity laws.
  • Violates campus computer usage policies, which limits use to education & research, only.
  • Harasses others, including but not limited to, sexual harassment.
  • Intentionally damages or destroys equipment, software, or data belonging to the Department or to other users, including adding, altering, or deleting files on VRC workstations or other computer equipment.
  • Copies materials protected by copyright law beyond the bounds of fair use.
  • Violates software or database license agreements.
  • Violates or attempts to violate computer system or network integrity, including attempts to bypass network security functions, obtain restricted passwords, or alter the configuration of VRC workstations in any way.
  • Uses the Internet for any illegal activity.

The decision to suspend or limit a patron's use will be made at the discretion of the Director of the VRC.

Use of the VRC's workstations will be on a first-come-first-serve basis, unless reserved by a professor for class use or by the Director.

Please Note:
By using this facility, you are agreeing to follow the rules and policies of the VRC & UTA.
*To ensure compliance with applicable laws and policies, all user activity is be subject to review.