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A guide for those looking for information related to the study of Art.
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Library of Congress Classification

Page Library uses the Library of Congress (LC) classification system to organize books by specific subjects.  The LC system uses an alphanumeric system that looks like this: "A 253 .B52 1997". To find books related to your topic, first search Arthur, the Page Library catalog. By doing a Subject or Keyword search you will find a variety of titles that relate to your topic, but a Keyword search may not give you sources directly related to your chosen search terms. If you know the title of the source you are looking for, you could opt for the "Exact Title" search to save yourself some time. 

Many sources related to Art will be located downstairs (in the general collection) in these sections: "N", "NA", "NB", "NC", and "NK".  You could also find a number of good resources in the reference collection and print journals (located on the main floor and upstairs). 

For more information about finding books, journal articles, etc. please click around this LibGuide!



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Professional Organizations

Listed below are important professional organizations within the field of Art. Important information, current trends, and news can be found at each of the organization's websites

  • National Association of Independent Artists
    The mission of the National Association of Independent Artists is to strengthen, improve and promote the artistic, professional and economic success of artists who exhibit in art shows. We are committed to integrity, creativity, and the pursuit of excellence and we advocate for the highest ideals and practices within all aspects of the art show environment.
  • College Art Association
    The College Art Association (CAA) promotes the visual arts and their understanding through committed practice and intellectual engagement.
  • The Society of Illustrators
    The Society’s mission is to promote the art of illustration, to appreciate its history and evolving nature through exhibitions, lectures and education, and to contribute the service of its members to the welfare of the community at large.
  • National Association for the Visual Arts
    The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) is the national peak body for the visual and media arts, craft and design sector working through advocacy and service provision, to achieve a flourishing Australian visual arts sector and a more vibrant, distinctive and ethical cultural environment.
  • Graphic Artists Guild
    The Guild is committed to improving conditions for all graphic artists (including, but not limited to: animators, cartoonists, designers, illustrators, and digital artists) and raising standards for the entire industry. The Guild embraces graphic artists at all skill levels.
  • National Association of Women Artists
    "The purpose of the Association is to promote culture and education in the visual arts through exhibitions of its member's works, lectures, art demonstrations, scholarships, awards and other educational programs.
  • National Art Education Association
    The National Art Education Association (NAEA) advances visual arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding.
  • The National Endowment for the Arts
    The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.
  • American Society for Aesthetics
    The ASA sponsors an annual conference and three divisional conferences, and publishes the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, the American Society for Aesthetics Graduate Ejournal, and the ASA Newsletter. It also funds projects that promote the goals of the Society, through its Major Project Initiative Grants program.
  • Visual Resources Association
    The Visual Resources Association is a multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to furthering research and education in the field of image management within the educational, cultural heritage, and commercial environments. The Association is committed to providing leadership in the visual resources field, developing and advocating standards, and offering educational tools and opportunities for the benefit of the community at large.
  • American Watercolor Society
    he American Watercolor Society is a nonprofit membership organization that began in 1866 to promote the art of watercolor painting in America. Each year the Society holds a juried exhibition of watercolors from artists throughout the world.
  • americans for the arts
    Americans for the Arts' mission is to serve, advance, and lead the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America.


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