Visual Media Center

The Visual Media Center of the Department of Art , Art History & Visual Studies maintains a continuously expanding collection of digital image and a 35mm slide archive that support the daily teaching and ongoing research of the faculty and graduate students in the department, and the general teaching and research of visual culture at Duke University.  Works of art, architecture, archaeology, and cultural heritage artifacts from prehistoric times to the present, from both Western and non-Western cultures, are represented. 

The holdings currently number over 320,000 35mm slides, 40,000 photographs, 91,000 locally produced digital images, and 80,000 commercially licensed digital images. The collections contain images of traditional media such as architecture, drawing, painting, photography, prints, and sculpture; the many applied or decorative arts in glass, ivory, jewelry, metal, wood, etc.; newer media such as body art, computer art, digital art, performance art, video, etc.; and images of social, cultural, and historical documentation.  Visual Media Collections@Duke is the online database for the Visual Media Center’s digital collections. The University also subscribes to ARTstor and CAMIO through the University Libraries.

The use of materials in the Visual Media Center is subject to the copyright restrictions of the 1976 Copyright Act and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The VMC abides by the Fair Use provisions of the Copyright Act and also follows the Image Collection Guidelines produced by the Visual Resources Association. Materials accessed by patrons are to be used for educational, non-profit use only.

The Visual Media Center has two staff members:  Director John Taormina and Imaging Specialist/Web Manager Jack Edinger.

The Visual Media Center, in Rooms 107, 109, and 110 of East Duke Building, East Campus, is open to the campus community Monday-Friday, 9:00-5:00. Please contact the Director about other arrangements or with specific questions.

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    • Gallery view of works by (from left) Barkley L. Hendricks and Fahamu Pecou. Photo by J Caldwell. Barkley L. Hendricks, Bahsir (Robert Gowens), 1975. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 83 1/2 x 66 inches (212.1 x 167.6 cm). Museum purchase with additional funds provided by Jack Neely, 2007.5.1. Fahamu Pecou, Nunna My Heros: After Barkley Hendricks’ 'Icon for My Man Superman' , 1969, 2011. Acrylic, gold leaf, and oil stick on canvas, 63 x 49 1/2 inches. (160 x 125.7 cm). Gift of Marjorie and Michael Levine, T'84 2012.8.1.