Visual Resources

Visual Resources Library

The newly renovated Visual Resources Library provides and facilitates access to images, imaging, and related information resources for teaching and research in the Department of Art and Art History. This includes:

  • A departmental image and multimedia collection, and support for major image resources such as Artstor
  • Resources, training, and support in digital imaging and image presentation software
  • Equipment for use in creative work, documentation, and classrooms within the department

This state of the art space for digitization and discovery is located in the Janet Wallace Arts Commons, room AC201. Visual Resources Curator Inga Theissen can help with digitization projects, finding rare images, and converting your digital and analog projects.


9:00am – 1:00pm Monday - Friday

The Visual Resources Library is CLOSED on school holidays, during school breaks, and when there are no classes in session. The VRL is also closed for summer break during the months of June and July. We are often available by advance appointment.

Note that illness or other staffing limitations may cause the VRL to close unexpectedly during our regular hours. If this happens, e-mail for assistance.


ArtStor is a world wide collection of images shared by universities, galleries, private collections and museums. The Macalester college community can access ArtStor on campus, or create a free account to use it anywhere as well as store and organize your images.

art history

The Art History Digital Collection consists of over 12,500 images and is growing constantly. Macalester College students, faculty, and staff may access the collection for use in teaching and learning from any on-campus computer, or by logging in with ezproxy.


Inga Theissen
Visual Resources Curator



In addition to digital images, the Visual Resource Library offers digital equipment checkout and support, including but not limited to:

  • Laptop checkout
  • Image scanning
  • Slide scanning
  • Digital Photography
  • Large format digital printing on paper or fabric
  • Presentation consultation