The Research Center at the Visual Studies Workshop maintains archival and research collections about the media arts of photography, independent film and video, electronic imaging, visual books and the publication arts. VSW's focus on the aesthetics, cultural history of media, and social use of images has developed a collections policy that includes both creative work and vernacular images, as well as items that represent the history of media use.
Our Research Library contains over 25,000 books and is open to the public by appointment.
See the Visit VSW page for hours and directions.
In recent years, several artists have created projects from visual information in the Research Center including photographic series, films, artists’ books and websites. VSW also provides courses on using archives as raw material for artists.
The Research Center Online, with digitized collections of images, books, and lectures is in development.
Photos below are from the project Picturing the Archive by Doug Manchee. Doug spent three years photographing in the Research Center here at Visual Studies Workshop. Rollover each image and click to enter that specific area of our collection.
Research Center Hours
Monday and Friday: 2pm-6pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 10am-6pm
For More Information
Call (585) 442-8676 ext. 24 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Image Rights and Reproduction [PDF]
Interlibrary Loan [PDF]