Guidelines for Painting and Printmaking
Table of Contents1. Purpose
2. General Collection Guidelines
D. Publication Date
E. Treatment of Subject
F. Types of Materials and Formats
3. Area Resources
4. Subjects and Collecting Levels
Collections in Painting and Printmaking support a research agenda consistent with research enterprise at a Carnegie Research Intensive (Very High Research) institution with bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in the field. See specific collecting levels under section 4.
The primary goal of the program is to provide the student with the creative and critical grounding necessary to attain professional status as a painter or printmaker.
The Painting and Printmaking Department offers opportunities for study and research in the following areas: drawing and painting techniques, and printmaking, including lithography, etching, and screen printing. The emphasis is on studio art, based on a foundation of study of the contemporary visual arts and of major critical theory.
2. General Collection Guidelines.
English is preferred, particularly for art theory and criticism. Some Western European-language material may be purchased, if no English-language translation is available. Where the primary value of the material lies in its visual or graphic elements, there are no restrictions on the language of the text.
Treatment of Subject.
Due to the studio art emphasis of the program, resources covering the technical aspects of painting and printmaking in a sophisticated manner are collected. Likewise, anatomy books are selectively acquired.
In general, historical resources, those covering painting and printmaking prior to 1945, including those of a critical or theoretical nature are covered under the guidelines for Art History.
Digital images of paintings and prints are selectively collected to supplement large online resources, such as Artstor.
Electronic and online resources to support the Department of Painting and Printmaking are actively sought and evaluated for acquisition.
Streaming media programs are actively sought and evaluated for content relevant to the arts. The development of streaming platforms and the negotiations of copyright is closely monitored. To assure uninterrupted access, DVD is the current preferred format for core titles and remains the only available option for many titles.
3. Area Resources.
The library at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a complementary resource in the Richmond metropolitan area for the study and analysis of art disciplines. Additionally, Cabell Library's Special Collections houses a collection of Book Art.
4. Subjects and Collecting Levels.
Resources on Modern and Contemporary painting and printmaking are collected at a research level (4) as are resources on historical movements in painting dating back to the Renaissance in conjunction with the Department of Art History. Technical manuals on painting and printmaking are collected at an instructional support level (3).