Resources for Graduate Students

Resources for Graduate Students

The way we delve into research or interpret ideas is constantly changing in the digital age.  Below you will find a short list of helpful sites to assist in efforts to reimagine the context of an artwork, acquire high quality images, and explore new research and teaching techniques.


ARTstor  Funded by the Mellon foundation, ARTstor’s mission is to “use digital technology to enhance scholarship, teaching, and learning in the arts and associated fields.” Since its development in the late 1990s, ARTstor’s database has grown to over 1.5 million digital images.  Its collections cover a wide range of subject areas, from an archive of Islamic textiles to twenty years of contemporary New York gallery shows.

CAA Founded in 1911, the College Art Association provides numerous resources and opportunities for its members and participants.  A year-long membership for students is $55 (as of June 13, 2013).

  • Click here for a list of other associations, groups, and forums related to the discipline

Dropbox Are your files too large to send over email? Has your USB flash drive reached its max capacity?  Keep, manage, and share your files on the web using Dropbox.  Because Dropbox saves your files online, they can be accessed and/or downloaded on multiple devices.

GAHA The Graduate Art History Association in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland has created a Digital Survival Guide for new and current students.  The guide features information on websites, software, and other tech-related resources as well as tips for best practice.  GAHA has also compiled information on Forms and Funding.

H-Net Housed at the Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online in Michigan State University, H-Net “creates and coordinates Internet networks with the common objective of advancing teaching and research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.”  H-Net’s hallmark is the subject area or discipline specific email listservs generated by editors and contributors from around the globe.

Designed for the web and intended for a large audience, massive open online courses (MOOCs) utilize interactive web tools, readings, and instructional video to construct new course experiences.  Popular MOOCs include Khan Academy, Udacity, edX, and Coursera.  Though these sites and courses cover a wide range of disciplines and subject areas, art history has been noticeably underrepresented.

SketchUp Make is a free 3D modeling software.  Graduate students have utilized this software to reconstruct historical sites and spaces and design new or recreate gallery spaces populated with artworks.  Examples of extant projects can be found on the Projects Page, and include the Program for the Great Room, Royal Society of Arts, London and the gallery in the Art-Sociology Building at the University of Maryland.


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