Visual Resources Association

VRA is a nonprofit organization established to further research and education in the field of visual resources and to promote a spirit of cooperation among the members of the profession.


ARTstor is a digital library of approximately 750,000 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.

First time users need to login via the Cheng Library web-site:

Click here for the ARTstor Tutorial database, an online Art Genome Project uses an automated guide for art lovers seeking discoveries online.  It behaves similar to that of the music algorithm guide of Pandora that introduces surprising new artists based on what you already like. will make similar suggestions for you to seek of the same style or genre of art that may of be interest to you. offers an extensive free repository of fine-art images that currently represents 275 galleries and 50 museums and institutions as partners.  The collection has digitized 20,000 images into its reference system, which it calls the Art Genome Project. But as it extends the platform’s reach, also raises questions about how (or if) digital analytics should be applied to visual art. Can algorithms help explain art? aims to make connections among artworks that are seemingly from different worlds, with a catalog that encompasses pieces from the British Museum, the National Gallery in Washington, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Cooper-Hewitt and others.  To explore this engaging database go to

Additional Scholarly Art Image and Video Resources

Instruction and Research Technology

Please contact IRT for the digitization of images that fall outside the VRC Image Request policy.

Click here for the IRT Powerpoint Tutorial