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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.
Art Museums in NJ
Grounds for Sculpture
Located in Hamilton, they feature 270 sculptures by renowned and emerging contemporary artists, each thoughtfully positioned on meticulously landscaped parkland full of thousands of exotic trees and flowers.
Hunterdon Art Museum
The Hunterdon Art Museum is a landmark regional art center featuring works by contemporary artists and offering a wide range of art classes and workshops for children and adults.
The Monmouth Museum is a Museum of Ideas, offering changing exhibitions and educational programs on art, science, nature and cultural history for visitors of all ages.
Montclair Art Museum
The Montclair Art Museum boasts a renowned collection of American and Native American art that uniquely highlights art making in the United States over the last three hundred years. The collection includes more than 12,000 objects.
The museum boasts a permanent collection of more than 40,000 objects ranging from rocks and minerals to model trains, as well as one of the country’s largest collections of mechanical musical instruments and automata.
New Jersey State Museum
As a center of cultural, educational, and scientific engagement, the New Jersey State Museum inspires innovation and lifelong learning through collections, research, exhibitions and programs in science, history and art.
The largest museum in the state, it holds fine collections of American art, decorative arts, contemporary art, and arts of Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the ancient world.
Noyes Museum of Art
The Noyes Museum houses a vast permanent collection of 19th to 21st century fine and folk art.
Princeton University Art Museum
Princeton University Art Museum is one of the world's leading university art museums with collections of more than 92,000 works of art that range from ancient to contemporary art and concentrate geographically on the Mediterranean regions, Western Europe, China, the United States and Latin America.
Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms
This 30-acre National Historic Landmark is the centerpiece of Gustav Stickley’s early 20th century country estate. Serves as a historic house museum that was restored to its 1911 look.
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
Through lively and ambitious exhibitions, the Art Center provides an excellent venue for emerging and established artists to showcase their work and enhance their careers. During each new season, they feature curated exhibitions in our on-site galleries as well as several offsite opportunities that showcase the finest in contemporary art.
Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center
The Museum of American Glass is at the heart of the Center, housing the most comprehensive collection of glass produced in America. Located in Millville, center of the nation’s first glass industry, the Museum is one of only 8 museums in New Jersey to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
Zimmerli Art Museum
The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University's New Brunswick Campus collects, preserves, researches, and exhibits world-class works of art to provide the university community and diverse regional, national, and international audiences with direct experience of the visual arts.
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.
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 features a comprehensive library of information on artists, artworks, and art museums. You can also view the latest art news and articles.
A comprehensive arts experience for middle school students. Covers visual and performing arts with activities that teach styles, principles, and processes.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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