Welcome to the Visual Resources Facility (also known as the VRF).
The VRF is here to help instructors and students find, create and
display images. We offer image, video and reference collections,
a computer lab and a nice, quiet place to read and work. Our
primary mission is to support teaching and research for the
Department of Art & Art History but we maintain a policy of open
access to the collection by any current member of the faculty,
staff and student body here at UC Davis.
Hours and Location:
M-Th: 7:30-12:00; 1:00-3:30
Please contact staff by email to schedule an appointment.
Finding and Using Images
The VRF has a collection of art and architecture-related digital
images and a legacy collection of 35mm slides. We strive to
facilitate access to the collection, as well as supplement the
collection with new materials when possible. We are happy to help
— drop by the VRF and talk to us about what you need and what we
can do to help.
Our image collection is being made available in Jstor and Artstor, campus
licensed image and research tools available to anyone on campus
or to users with valid kerberos accounts. If you are having
difficulty accessing these databases, please contact VRF staff.
Please note that Jstor is replacing Artstor in the near future
but at this time, both resources are avavilable to UC Davis
There are other image and art related resources available to UC
Davis student and instructors. We recommend reviewing the UC
Davis Library Subject Guide for art and art
history and digital
images licensed by UC Davis.
In addition to images, the VRF also has art related videos,
DVDs, and maintains an archive of the Art History Program’s
M.A. Theses and Art Studio’s graduating M.F.A. exhibition
catalogs. Please contact VRF staff for access to these materials.
Course and Classroom Support
We will digitize on request for Art and Art History
Department faculty and instructors. Please provide the
book or print source along with a list of pages and/or
figures and discuss scheduling with VRF staff in
advance. Depending on the request and our availability, we
make every effort to provide this support to the general campus
community as well.
The VRF staff also provide support and training for image
scanning and image presentation software, advice on image storage
and production, Canvas, training and support of AV
equipment, and equipment training and
scheduling of classrooms administered by the Art
History Program. If you need assistance with any of these, please
call or email us.
If you prefer to do it yourself, you are welcome to come over and
use our scanner. We are happy to show you how to use our
scanner and can provide advice on best practices for
making, archiving and publishing your images.
We have a large format Epson 10000XL Graphic Arts flatbed
scanner (with Adobe Creative Suite apps installed) and a 35
mm film scanner (VRF staff use only). We are happy to help
students and faculty produce images for research or instructional
use. If you need VRF staff to provide this service for you,
please bring the book or print source along with a list of
pages and/or figures to the VRF and discuss scheduling
with VRF staff in advance.
VRF staff developed and facilitate these casual
meet-and-greet sessions which attempt to provide some
answers to the question: “What can I do with a major in Art
History or Art Studio”? Join us for lunch and a conversation with
professionals working in a number of visual arts-related fields
as we discuss a variety of career paths open to Art and Art