The Visual Resources Collection, housed in Graham Gund Gallery 111 and curated by Yan Zhou, Ph.D, contains approximately 116,000 2” x 2” slide transparencies in a general collection of art and architecture, and various special collections (e.g. the Denis Baly collection of about 10,000 color slides of Islamic countries and monuments). The VRC also contains photographs in two collections, namely, the Barker Newhall collection of Greek and Roman monuments (about 600 mounted and labeled photographs), left to the college by Professor Newhall when he died in 1923, and the Carnegie collection (about 2000 mounted and labeled photographs), donated to the college by the Carnegie Foundation ca. 1928.
The Center’s mission consists of building a state-of-the-art facility for digital humanities. Currently, the work of the VRC is devoted to digitally archiving the College’s extensive visual collections in order to facilitate the teaching of art history and other disciplines that make use of images in their classes. The VRC is scanning slides of Western and non-Western Art History, including images of painting, sculpture, architecture, manuscripts, graphic art, drawing, photography, and ceramics.
In addition, the Center is archiving the 10,000 color slides of Islamic art in the Denis Baly Slide Collection, by first digitizing the images, then uploading them to Digital Kenyon, which, as an open access platform, will eventually serve as an aid for research and teaching both within the College and for the public at large. The VRC is also digitizing the valuable Barker Newhall Collection of Architectural Photography and the Carnegie Photo Collection of Art History, both of which remain in fragile and vulnerable condition. Future projects include, but are not limited to, documenting and archiving exhibitions in the Art History Curatorial Classroom and the Horn Gallery, as well as Dance, Drama, and Music performances.
The VRC has begun to explore new technologies, such as 3-D printing, and is interested in investigating 3-D projection. These technologies would benefit not only Art History, but also disciplines across the curriculum. The Center welcomes and assists students and faculty from all departments. In short, the Visual Resources Center serves as a working lab and/or incubator of technology and a place, we hope, of discovery. .
The Visual Resources Center is located on the first floor of the Graham Gund Gallery, room 111. The hours during the academic year are:
Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 - 3 p.m.
The Faculty of Kenyon College may produce digital images, create power points for teaching and research, and utilize the VRC’s digital image collection as a resource. Students may use the digital image collection to prepare for class presentations. All patrons will receive instructions for proper use of the collection. The VRC takes orders for digital photography of published images and artwork, which are too specialized to be found on the World Wide Web. Digital image production is available for non-copyrighted materials only. A period of two to three weeks should be permitted when producing digital images.
Kenyon College employs between four to six students every year to work in the Visual Resources Center. Students receive basic training in the methods of digital photography, digitizing slides, editing digital images, uploading the images to servers, and 3-D printing, all of which further the goals of integrating Visual Resources into the academic life at Kenyon.