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Library Databases

A library database is a collection of different sources such as magazine articles, journal articles, ebooks, streaming videos, images, and more. You can find information about the Fine Arts by searching with a topic keyword or combination of words.

Example searches:

  • art and criticism
  • printmaking and techniques
  • "public art"

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General Research Resources

Browse selected titles below from the SCC Library then find more print books and ebooks.

SCC Library Books & eBooks

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Native American Art: MFA Highlights

The collection of Native American artworks is one of the hidden treasures of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, with some of its finest objects seldom displayed to ensure their preservation. This volume presents 100 of these little-known works, many reproduced for the first time. Although some objects were made for Native use, many reflect the interaction of Native Americans with other cultures, and demonstrate a mastery of new materials and techniques in weaving, silversmithing, beadwork and other crafts.

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The Female Gaze

The Linda Lee Alter Collection of Art by Women is a collection at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) of approximately 400 works of art ... by over 150 artists. The collection includes works by artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Joan Brown, Viola Frey, Ana Mendieta, Alice Neel, Louise Nevelson, Christina Ramberg, Betye Saar, Kiki Smith, Nancy Spero, and Beatrice Wood among many others.... The book breaks new ground in scholarship on its topics, takes risks with interpretation, and uses the broad themes and wide array of artists represented in the collection as a starting point for reflections on the history of the feminist movement, individual artists, and regional identities. 

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A compelling reconsideration of Rembrandt's printed oeuvre based on new research into the artist's life and work As a pioneering printmaker, Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) stood apart from his contemporaries thanks to his innovative approach to composition and his skillful rendering of space and light. He worked with the medium as a vehicle for artistic expression and experimentation, causing many to proclaim him the greatest etcher of all time.

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May Morris

May Morris, youngest daughter of influential designer William Morris, was one of the leading female contributors to the Arts and Crafts Movement. She ran the embroidery department of her father's famous firm Morris & Co., and had a successful freelance career as a designer, maker, and exhibitor, founding the Women's Guild of Arts in 1907 and undertaking a lecture tour in the United States between 1909 and 1910. May's approach to embroidery was innovative and widely influential in the UK and abroad, yet her important contribution to embroidery is often overshadowed by the accomplishments of her more famous father. 

Check out select streaming videos below from Films on Demand and Academic Video Online in the library's databases

Watch Streaming Videos from the SCC Library

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A Monumental Project

From Alexander Street Online (AVON): A report on the progress the construction and development of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture (NMAAHC) located on the National Mall in Washington D.C. and scheduled to open in 2016...Smithsonian conservationists have been working for years to restore artifacts resonating with slavery and the Civil Rights Movement. 

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Artists in Residence

From Films on Demand: Sara al Fadaaq focuses on photography and printmaking. The Fire Station hosts 20 artists around Qatar for nine months. Nayla al Mulla and Federica Visani play with the concept of identity in the "Playdate in the Park" installation.

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Hokusai as a painter

From Films on Demand: When Hokusai was 80-years-old, his house caught fire and the archives of his drawings were burned. From that point until his death, he focused on painting.

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How to Paint With Acrylic Paint: Controlling Opacity and Brightness

From Alexander Street Videos Online (AVON): Learn how to control opacity and brightness when painting with acrylic paint from painter Linda Rhea in this Howcast video.