Studio Art Resources: Finding Images and Videos

A basic introduction to information resources for visual artists.


News images

General information

Images may be found in a variety of formats on publicly accessible web sites. Copyright restrictions may apply to these images, and the web master of a given site may need to be consulted when images are used.  Many large and small museums have excellent web sites which display images from their collections as well as information about the images and contacts for more assistance. The library also has many lavishly illustrated books and journals that are available for research.

Art images

DVDs & Streaming Videos

The KU Libraries are actively collecting DVDs and Streaming Videos.  

To locate specific DVDs, use the Library Catalog or go to the Library and browse the DVDs. Library DVDs are usually available to be checked out for 1 week. Here is a sample of what's available in the Art & Architecture Library - Video/DVD collection:

If you are looking for a specific streaming video please use the KU Libraries Quick Search located at the top of the library homepage.  For more information use the Guide to Streaming Videos to identify the various products available at KU and to learn how to use them in your classes. Here are some examples of available art videos:

Other resources to search for streaming video beyond the KU Libraries are:

UbuWeb a web-based educational resource for avant-garde material, includes video and sound

Free Web Images

Potential sources for your own projects. Most should be freely available, but please check the exact licensing restrictions carefully.