Research Guide

The art of not making : the new artist/artisan relationship Dan Flavin : new light Yinka Shonibare, MBE Christo and Jeanne-Claude in the Vogel collection / Molly Donovan
Defining contemporary art : 25 years in 200 pivotal artworks / [authors, Daniel Birnbaum ... et al.] The toaster project : or A heroic attempt to build a simple electric appliance from scratch / Thomas Thwaites Artist scholar : reflections on writing and research / by G. James Daichendt Creative Time : the book : 33 years of public art in New York City


To search for materials in Connelly Library, use the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC). The OPAC can be accessed at If you are having trouble finding material relevant to your research, ask a librarian for help!



The Library subscribes to over 130 periodicals with a focus on scholarly and trade journals, but also including several popular magazines and newspapers. The collection ranges from publications on contemporary art to academic journals on art education. The Library strives to represent all majors in its periodical collection.

All print journals are for library-use only. The Library’s subscription databases provide access to a wide range of abstracts and full-text articles that can be accessed online. Go to the Electronic Resources page to access periodical databases and online encyclopedias.

Some Fine Arts titles are:

  • Aesthetica
  • After Image
  • American Ceramics
  • American Craft
  • The Art Bulletin
  • Art in America
  • Art Forum
  • Art Journal
  • Art Monthly
  • ARTnews
  • Art Papers
  • Ceramics Monthly
  • Contemporary Impressions
  • Flash Art
  • Journal of Modern Craft
  • Modern Painters
  • Metalsmith
  • Ornament
  • Printmaking Today
  • Parkett
  • Schmuck Magazin
  • Sculpture
  • Studio Potter
  • Tate, etc.

The Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP) and Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) subscribe to many art journals and periodical databases that may be useful for your research. Below are some of the titles of journals for Fine Arts, including location and date of holdings:

  • American Arts Quarterly. PMA: 1986-present.
  • The Art Newspaper. PMA: 2003-present.
  • Beaux Arts Magazine. PMA: 1986-present.
  • Digital Photo. FLP: 2009-present.
  • L’Estampille, l’objet d’art. PMA: 1989-present.
  • L’oeil. PMA: 1955-present.
  • Sculpture Journal. PMA: 1997-present.
  • Sculpture Review. FLP: 1983-present.


Subject Headings

You can search for materials by KEYWORD, TITLE, AUTHOR, SUBJECT, or CALL NUMBER. A few of the subject headings that may be useful in a search for Fine Arts 2D-related materials are:

You can also search by the genre (“Art, Abstract”) or the name of the artist (“Neel, Alice”).

Copy the entire call number for any titles that are of interest. Note the location and status of the title. Where is it located? Is it available?


Call Numbers

If you want to browse through the collection, try these call number ranges in the Main Collection and the Oversize Collection for Fine Arts-related materials:

  • BH:Aesthetics
  • N: Visual arts
  • N4390-5098: Exhibitions
  • N5300-6498: History of art
  • N8350-8553: Artists, Art Studios
  • NB: Sculpture
  • NB1135-1150: Sculpture, General
  • NB1160-1195: Sculpture, Techniques
  • NC730-758: Drawing, technique
  • NC950-996: Illustration
  • ND: Painting
  • ND1130-1156: Painting, General
  • ND1470-1625: Painting, Techniques
  • NE: Print media
  • NK: Decorative arts
  • NK3700-4695: Ceramics
  • NK5100-5440: Glass
  • NK6400-8459: Metalwork
  • NX: Arts in general
  • NX280-410: Art Study, Research


Burren, County Clare, Ireland

During the second summer term, a required four-week international residency provides an intense studio immersion within a distinct cultural environment. Burren College of Art located on the Burren, a limestone plateau in County Clare on Ireland’s Atlantic Coast. Below are some resources for the trip:

Moore College’s Book of Burren, 2011.

Burren Plateau, County Clare, Ireland: NASA Image of the Day

Burren Plateau, County Clare, Ireland: NASA Image of the Day


Online Resources

  • Alliance of Artists Communities
    The Alliance of Artists Communities is a national and international association of artists’ communities and residencies — a diverse field of more than 1,500 programs worldwide that support artists of any discipline in the development of new creative work.
  • Americans for the Arts
    Americans for the Arts is a nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. Their website includes the National Arts Policy Database as well as information for research and professional development.
  • Art21
    Art21 programming is supported by PBS and features short-format documentary films on contemporary artists along with artists’ links and the Art21 Blog with current news and exhibition listings.
  • Artcyclopedia
    The Artcyclopedia is an online database of fine art founded by Canadian John Malyon. The site indexes 2,300 art sites (from museums and galleries), with links to around 180,000 artworks by 8,500 renowned artists.
  • indexes websites for major modern & contemporary visual artists (since 1900). The News portion of the website provides calls for artists, exhibitions and events, and book reviews.
  • ArtLex Art Dictionary
    ArtLex provides definitions for more than 3,600 terms used visual arts and also includes images, pronunciation guides, and cross-references.
  • ArtNet
    ArtNet hosts several resources including a price database and auctions, artists directory, Market Reports, and the online Galleries. For current industry news see ArtNet Magazine.
  • Cultural Policy and the Arts: National Data Archive
    The Cultural Policy & the Arts National Data Archive (CPANDA), is the world’s first interactive digital archive of policy-relevant data on the arts and cultural policy in the United States.
  • International Sculpture Center Resource Directory
    The ISC Resource Directory indexes sculpture services and supplies, schools and programs, museums, galleries, sculpture parks and gardens, and sculptor groups. You can search or browse using the “list” option.
  • The World Artist Directory
    The World Artist Directory has been on the web since 1994 and is a trusted tool for connecting the art community. Search by artist’s name or browse by region/technique.


Local Resources

  • The Art Blog
    Working as a team of writers and support staff, the artblog is a multidimensional educational laboratory and online archive generating ideas to connect the public with art.
  • Center for Emerging Visual Artist
    The CFEVA provides support for emerging artists through their Career Development Program and the Regional Community Arts Program. CFEVA also presents the annual Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST).
  • The Clay Studio
    The Clay Studio is a community-centered institution that has an international presence. The Studio operates out of Old City and offers gallery and studio space, classes, and outreach programs.
  • Fleisher Art Memorial
    An arts center in south Philadelphia that offers workshops, gallery space, and community programs.
  • The Leeway Foundation
    The Leeway Foundation provides funding for women and transgender artists who create art for social change.
  • NextFab
    NextFab Studio is a membership-based, high-tech workshop and prototyping center in University City. It provides studio space, equipment, workshops, and technical support.
  • The Plastic Club
    The Plastic Club has been supporting visual arts in Philadelphia since 1897. They have a busy gallery schedule, ongoing workshops, and an online “members showcase” that links to area artists and their work.
  • Philadelphia Art Alliance
    Neighboring Rittenhouse Square, The Philadelphia Art Alliance is dedicated to the advancement and appreciation of innovative contemporary art with a focus on craft and design, and to inspiring dynamic interaction between audiences and artists in a setting of historic and aesthetic significance.
  • The Philadelphia Sketch Club
    Operating since 1860, the PSC is one of the oldest clubs for visual artists in America. The PSC exhibits juried, invitational, and members shows, and also provides ongoing studio workshops.
  • Philagrafika
    Philagrafika is a regional consortium of artists and organizations that celebrate printmaking in contemporary art practice. They sponsor several programs including the international, citywide, triennial in Philadelphia.
  • The Print Center
    The Print Center is a non-profit organization and exhibition space dedicated to printmaking and photography. The gallery is free to the public.


Still didn’t find what you’re looking for here? Ask a Librarian! or 215-965-4054.


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