Funding for the arts

The Foundation Center in SF is kicking off Funding for Arts Month, a series of free classes geared towards working artists, galleries, and arts non-profits who want to learn more about fund-raising, obtaining grants, finding donors, and the like.

Banned books week

Piss of the censors and read a banned book today.


Currently on display in Meyer Library (Oakland): select issues of Visionaire, an album of art and fashion. Three times a year Visionaire invites artists, both celebrated and emerging, to produce work on a theme.

ARTstor Help Wiki!

The new ARTstor Help features training materials and video demos and is keyword searchable.

Better yet, it's accessible from a persistent url that is present on every page of the ARTstor digital library.

To use ARTstor help, go here or login to ARTstor and click on the help button in the top right hand corner.

English 1 & IMA

We put together a new library and research space for the English 1 and Intro to the Modern Arts courses this semester. We'll be posting search and research tips for each class every couple of weeks. You can also use this "library skills blog" to comment and ask the librarians questions about anything that's even marginally library-related. Hope to see you there.

AskArt & JSTOR update

One site that you've probably run into when you're doing regular web searches for artists is AskArt. The unfortunate thing about AskArt on the web is that there are all kinds of features that are inaccessible unless you subscribe to the site. This summer, however, the library subscribed to the academic version of AskArt, which gives you access to all those artist bios, images, auction prices, etc.


New to CCA? Here's a quick library orientation video to get you started using the CCA libraries...


OIV 3.1

ARTstor's Offline Image Viewer (OIV) has been updated! The new version is available for download and features:
- presentations that automatically scale to projector resolution
- better text formatting in the slide editor
- easier installation in lab and networked settings
- auto-generated slides now add descriptive data for you

To download OIV 3.1, log in to your ARTstor account, then go to the Tools menu.

ARTstor beta!

The long-awaited update to the ARTstor platform was released in beta today!

Film fundraising

I just ran across this podcast about "strategies and resources for financing your film, video, or media project" courtesy of the Foundation Center in SF. Lots of good advice from the Film Arts Foundation and the Bay Area Video Coalition about:

Images for Academic Publishing

ARTstor has added 1,700 images to their "Images for Academic Publishing" collection. These downloadable high-resolution digital images are available to scholars for free-of-charge use in academic publications.

The total collection now holds over 3,300 from the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Western Hemisphere's most comprehensive art museum.

To find these images, search “IAP” in ARTstor.

Bay Area Libraries Map

Oxford Art Online

Tucked away on our cozy little dictionaries and encyclopedias page is the new Oxford Art Online (OAO) database (aka Grove Art Online). It's a great source for information on slightly obscure art topics that can otherwise be difficult to find online:
  • art movements like Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel (OAO vs.

Book art winners

Congratulations to Kristin Olson, first prize winner in the first annual CCA Libraries Book Art Competition! Kristin's book, Sickbed Blues, will become a part of the CCA Libraries' permanent artists' books collection, and she will be awarded a $200 acquisition prize. Congratulations also go to honorable mention awardees Ehren Reed and Alison Yates, as well as the other 13 artists who participated!

New Images in ARTstor!

Storyville Portrait, E.J. Bellocq, c. 1912
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