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Visual Arts: Home

What are the Visual Arts

The visual arts include mediums such as drawing, painting, sculpture, graphic design, architecture, graphic art, photography, film, video art, and printmaking. Many of these pieces of art are created to stimulate us through a visual experience. When we look at them, they often provoke a feeling of some sort.


Try these terms in the 'Subject Heading' field of our catalog

 Applied Arts       Art history and theory       Arts & society       Ceramics       Community art projects        Computer art      

Conceptual Art       Decorative Art        Digital photography      Drawing techniques and media      Installations (Art)     

 Performance Art        Painting       Photography       Printmaking          Sculpture          Visual arts

Starting Your Search

Be sure you understand what is expected from the paper or research project.  Read and re-read the assignment instructions and syllabus.  When in doubt, talk to your professor.  The more you understand what you need the easier the research process will be.

Finding a topic

  • Pick a topic that interests you
  • As topics catch your interest, read general information in reputable sources
  • Browse available research materials-- don't pick topics with no articles or books that cover the material

Starting Your Library Research

  • Search the library catalog for items related to your topic -- books work too!
  • Search the online databases for articles, books, and videos 
  • Remember that you can use Interlibrary Loan



Visual Arts

Sculpture-Barbara Chase-Riboud

© Carol M. Highsmith Photography

Ceramics-Magdalene Odundo

Magdalene Odundo, Untitiled #10, 1995; Earthenware. 21 1/4 x 12 x 12 in.: Courtesy of the Newark Museum, Purchase 1996, Louis Bamberger Bequest Fund 96.29. Photo by Richard Good body.

Collage-Kay Brown

Collage of various papers and mixed media on canvas, 1970

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Drawing-Ana Mendieta

Image copyright belongs to Estate of Ana Mendieta; reproduced from Galerie Lelong & Co.

Painting-John T. Biggers

© John T. Biggers Estate / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY, Estate Represented by Michael Rosenfeld Gallery

Image reproduced from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston website.

Printmaking-Alison Saar

Snake Man, color woodcut and lithograph by Alison Saar, 1994. Honolulu Museum of Art. Image reproduced from Wikipedia. 


Reproduced from Wilkipedia.

CC BY-SA 3.0,

Mixed media-Howardina Pindell

Sweat Shop, 1998-199.  Mixed media on canvas.

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Featured Site: Film Literature Index

Through a NEH grant in 2002, Indiana University converted the print version of the Film Literature Index to electronic form. The FLI Online contains approximately 700,000 citations to articles, film reviews and book reviews published between 1976-2001.

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