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Contemporary Visual Arts at JCCC

JCCC holds world class art collections, and the library can help you learn more about artists with artworks on view.

Subject Guide

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Jessica Tipton

Web sites

Check these websites for more information.

  • The American Artist’s Bluebook, a directory of 42,000 American artists with geographic affiliation, biographical information, predominant themes and media, magazine references, links to museum websites with the artist’s work in the collection, images, etc.
  • World Wide Arts Resources and are online sources featuring images of over 80,000 works by over 10,000 contemporary artists from around the world.
  • features major modern and contemporary visual artists with portraits, brief biographies, and links to articles, essays and interviews.
  • the worldwide contemporary art database, information about artists and their exhibitions around the world.
  • Gallery websites: most have images of work by the artists they represent, and some have resumes, artists’ statements, and other information.
  • Artists’ personal websites: search by “Artist Name” + artist and you might find a personal page with similar information as the gallery site.

Journals and Magazines

The library subscribes to a representative collection of print magazines with articles about contemporary art, photography, ceramics, design, etc.
Some current issues are displayed alphabetically on the first floor of the library and back issues can be found in the open stacks beside the display racks.

Online access to literally tens of thousands of full-text articles relating to contemporary art is available though various databases including:

Specialized Databases

  • Grove Art is the electronic version of the respected thirty-four volume Dictionary of Art.
  • ArtStor is the electronic repository of hundreds of thousands of images from all periods and genres of art.
  • is a database connecting art and technology