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Facilitating and enhancing the study and teaching of art history, art education, aesthetics, and the fine and applied arts at James Madison University is the primary objective of the Visual Resources Center (VRC). Its purpose is to provide services and resources for the entire program of the School of Art, Design, and Art History, as well as the university at large.  The VRC is located on the first floor of Duke Hall in the 1033 suite.  


The Madison Digital Image Database (MDID) was initially developed through JMU’s Center for Instructional Technology, and is used at over 100 institutions worldwide. Currently in its third version, MDID is accessed through a secure website that allows JMU students and faculty to create and browse presentations of high-resolution images using an impressive viewer that can zoom, pan, and compare images side-by-side. Students can even print out flashcards of their instructor’s presentations for review.

The Art, Design and Art History collection in MDID contains over 120,000 images, with more continually being added every day. Click here to access help documents and the training videos.

Students in the School of Art, Design, and Art History can also take advantage of JMU’s subscription to the ARTstor Digital Library, a repository of over 1.5 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences. 


The Visual Resources Center includes a flatbed scanner and five iMac workstations that are equipped with the Adobe Suite and compatible with a Pay-for-Print system.  Many print art journals and reference materials are also available.  In addition, SADAH students and faculty are able to have library materials delivered and returned here.

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