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A collection of resources from the Gloucester County Library System for art from local museums and associations to art research materials.
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Welcome to the GCLS Arts Research Guide.

This guide provides easy access to a variety of art-related resources including local museums, art associations, research materials, and more.


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GCLS Subscription Databases

  • ArtistWorks for Libraries
    ArtistWorks for Libraries provides world-class instruction through self-paced video lessons from Grammy Award-winning music and artistic professionals.
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
    Full text access to the Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia including information on artists, art movements, and much more.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    The Gale Virtual Reference Library contains the full text of hundreds of reference ebooks on a variety of subject areas.
  • Universal Class
    Over 500 online non-credit Continuing Education Courses including art courses.

Arts in New Jersey

  • Art Pride New Jersey
    The ArtPride New Jersey Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) organization, promotes the value of the arts to New Jersey’s quality of life, education and economic vitality through research and a variety of programs and services including Discover Jersey Arts and Arts Plan New Jersey.
  • Arts in New Jersey
    From the State of New Jersey, this page features a comprehensive listing of museums and places to see dance, music, and theater in NJ.
  • Discover Jersey Arts
    Jersey Arts is a central clearinghouse of information on the Garden State’s cultural scene. Whether browsing the site’s comprehensive event calendar or searching its directory of cultural organizations, it is the hub for what’s going on in NJ’s arts scene.
  • New Jersey Arts Council
    This state agency encourages and gives financial support to artists, arts organizations and projects throughout New Jersey. Features the latest information on what's happening in the NJ Art Scene.
  • New Jersey Arts Listings
    List generated by the New York Times, which features art events of all kinds across the state.
  • New Jersey Theatre Alliance
    New Jersey Theatre Alliance unites, promotes, strengthens, and cultivates New Jersey’s professional theatres. We advance the theatre community by developing innovative, collaborative, and engaging programs and services for member theatres and their diverse audiences.

Online Art Resources

  • Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online
    AAT is a structured vocabulary, including terms, descriptions, and other metadata for generic concepts related to art, architecture, conservation, archaeology, and other cultural heritage. Included are work types, styles, materials, techniques, and others.
  • Art History Resources
    Created by Dr. Christopher L.C.E. Witcombe, this website features comprehensive art history information in chronological order.
  • Art History Teaching Resources
    AHTR is home to a constantly evolving and collectively authored online repository of art history teaching content including, but not limited to, lesson plans, video introductions to museums, book reviews, image clusters, and classroom and museum activities.
  • Artcyclopedia
    Artcyclopedia features a comprehensive library of information on artists, artworks, and art museums. You can also view the latest art news and articles.
  • Artopia
    A comprehensive arts experience for middle school students. Covers visual and performing arts with activities that teach styles, principles, and processes.
  • AskArt
    Search AskArt for free for a variety of biographical information on artists as well as art movements. You can also locate museums and dealers that specialize in particular artists. AskArt includes many other features which require a subscription.
  • New Jersey Art Galleries
    Looking for independent art galleries throught New Jersey? This website provides a listing of major ones as well as art consultants and artist websites.
  • NYPL Labs
    Get access to over 180,000 items free-for-use with no restrictions. Maintained by the New York Public Library, Labs includes maps, posters, sheet music, drawings, photographs and more.
  • Philadelphia Art Galleries
    Locate the art galleries of Philadelphia through this handy website.
  • The Union List of Artist Names
    ULAN is a structured vocabulary, including names, biographies, related people, and other metadata about artists, architects, firms, studios, museums, patrons, sitters, and other people and groups involved in the creation and study of art and architecture.
  • Web Gallery of Art
    Virtual museum featuring Western art from the Medieval to Impressionist periods.

Resources for Free Images, Primary Sources, and More

Need images, primary sources, sound recordings, and more for a project or website? Check out these resources for free items that are royalty-free and cost nothing to use! Some are in the public domain while others have been donated for free use.

Please note that many require attribution. Double-check the terms of use for each website as they are subject to change.

  • Getrefe
    Provides free stock photographs that were taken on mobile devices.
  • J. Paul Getty Museum Images
    With their Open Content Program, the Getty makes available, without charge, all available digital images to which the Getty holds the rights or that are in the public domain to be used for any purpose. No permission is required.
  • Metropolitan Museum Digital Images
    Open Access for Scholarly Content Initiative provides over 400,000 high-resolution digital images of public domain works in the Museum’s collection may be downloaded directly from the Museum’s website for non-commercial use and without a fee.
  • National Gallery of Art Images
    NGA offers free access to digital images of works of art that the Gallery believes to be in the public domain. Images of these works are now available free of charge for any use, commercial or non-commercial.
  • New Digital Archive Museum
    The Digital Archive provides researchers with free online access to primary source materials from New Museum exhibitions, public programs, and publications.
  • New Old Stock
    Features vintage photos from the public archives. All are free of known copyright restrictions.
  • Pexels
    Pexels provides free stock photographs under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. Images are free to use for any legal purpose and do not require attribution.
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art Digital Collections
    Freely available on the Internet Archive, it includes scrapbooks from the Archives; rare art auction catalogs; books and ephemera on European and American decorative arts and arms and armor; and the Museum’s own publications
    Provides completely free stock photographs and high resolution images under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. No attribution required.
  • Unsplash
    10 new high resolution photos are uploaded every 10 days to their growing collection. All images are free for any legal use as they are under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license.
  • Vecteezy
    Resource for free vector art that typically does not require attribution.
  • Walters Art Museum Digital Images
    Has released digital images of works believed to be in the public domain available for use without limitation, rights- and royalty- free.
  • Wikipedia Commons
    A database of 29,460,574 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute. These are not necessarily art images, but it can be a good source for buildings, outdoor monuments, and architecture.
  • Yale University Digital Images
    Thousands of images of works in the Gallery’s collection believed to be in the public domain are available for free download through the Gallery’s website thanks to their Open Access Policy.

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