Visual Resources Center

Services & Support

The Visual Resources Center (VRC) provides course support for faculty in the Art Department and guides students on the scholarly use of images. Learn more about our services, resources, equipment, and workshops below. 

Image Help

Get image support for assignments, presentations, theses, and research projects. We provide assistance on image research, copyright analysis, image permissions, image licensing, and image citations.  

If you need help finding a high-resolution image, contacting a repository or licensing an image, complete the form below. All images submitted through the form are added to the Reed Digital Collection. 

Image Request Form


We can guide you on digitizing your photos, 2D, and 3D creative work using equipment in the VRC. Find equipment dimensions below and select the best option for your project. 

Access high-resolution flatbed scanners with email capability, format versatility, and USB connectivity.

  • Epson Expression 12000XL 
    Scans up to 48 frames of 35mm negatives, 30 slides, eight frames of 4 x 5 inch transparencies. This scanner is ideal for scanning photos, documents, drawings, film slides, and 35 mm film strips.
    • Dimensions: 11 x 17 inches
    • Resolution: 2400 x 4800 dpi

  • WideTek 24F
    Complies with the Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative (FADGI). This scanner is ideal for large scale drawings and images in books. 
    • Dimensions: 18 x 24 inches
    • Resolution: 1200 x 1200 dpi

Copy Stand Photo Room
The copy stand is a camera-based digitization room for large 2D or small to medium 3D works. It works best for digitizing artist books, maps, and other materials larger than 18 x 24 inches.


Anatomical Models
Check out 3D anatomical models of hands, a nose, a skull and more. Use these reference tools to practice drawing basic anatomical shapes. You can check these out at the VRC for up to 3 days! 

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A Risograph or "RISO" looks like a regular photocopier but is actually a duplicator. RISO printing is ideal for students interested in printing posters, comic books, zines and other graphic art prints. Visit the Riso Guide below to make an appointment, find tutorials, templates, and more.

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The VRC offers a dedicated guest computer equipped with Adobe Creative Cloud and Epson 2, alongside VueScan and Silverfast scanning software. We are the sole location within the library to provide these exclusive resources. 

Art Faculty

Image Requests

The VRC sources images for instruction and research within the Art Department. On occasion, the VRC can accommodate image requests from other departments. 

Complete the form below and we will contact you to confirm the processing time of your request. Please note that it may take 1 to 10 weeks to complete faculty image requests.

Image Request Form

Course Galleries

The VRC creates and maintains online galleries for courses in the Art Department. Galleries may be organized around individual lecture materials or an entire course offering. Faculty can benefit from using high-resolution images for classroom projection and adding hyperlinked images on syllabi or Moodle. Reference the RDC Help webpage for guidance on how to use presentation mode, and download, and save images.

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We offer instructional workshop sessions to supplement courses and student learning, including presentations, hands-on activities for skills-based learning, customizable projects, thesis support and more. Our current instructional workshops are listed below, and if you’d like to explore new topics or projects, please reach out to the Visual Resources Curator.

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  1. VRC + RDC Overview Workshop (25-30 minutes)
    This workshop covers the basics of the Visual Resources Center (VRC) and the Reed Digital Collection (RDC) as it serves Reedies and their needs as artists and scholars. Ranging from basic access to the digital collection, to delving deep into the realm of metadata and advanced searching, the Reed Digital Collection has a over 240,000 items available for students to research and reference in projects and theses.

  2. Image Copyright for Theses (20-40 minutes)
    When it comes to writing a thesis, copyright can be an intimidating topic for students. In this workshop, students are given an overview of Fair Use in the visual arts, including licensing, copyright, image permissions, and more. If students need additional help, they can make an appointment for direct support.

  3. Critical Cataloging (CritCat) (40-60 minutes)
    Metadata is one of the most important aspects of cataloging, if not the most important. That’s why being critical of how it is entered with items is so vital to preserving an artist’s intent, identity and information surrounding a work. This workshop focuses on how challenging language when using it to view and describe art is becoming a modernized practice of what is known as Critical Cataloging (CritCat). Students will learn the value of CritCat and how to practice CritCat when implementing ethical citational practicces.

  4. Risograph (2-3 hours)
    This workshop covers the basics of how the Risograph works, a printing demo, and a collaborative printing workshop.