Karen Kessel

Visual Resources Curator

Art Room 107
(707) 664-2145
email: Karen.Kessel@sonoma.edu

Visual Resources Collection

The Art and Art History Department's Visual Resources Collection is in the process of transformation from slides to digital images. In the future, with necessary funding and technical support, the collection will be accessible online. This website provides general information about policies for accessing the collection, the content of the collection, links to art museums, and further resources available online for finding art images and information about cataloging and digital image standards. To inquire about using digital images from the collection in the classroom or scanning slides or pictures for a presentation, please contact Karen Kessel.

The California State University's Chancellor's Office is providing support to develop a shared image database that will be accessible to all users on the CSU campuses through the Scholarworks website. If you are interested in learning more about this resource or sharing your images on this site, please go to the link below and fill out and send in the questionnaire below so we can keep you informed about when it will become available.

Students can earn units of credit for working as interns in the Visual Resources Collection for 3-9 hours per week if they are interested in learning more about library research, collections organization, and digital imaging skills and practices. This is an especially valuable experience for art history and studio majors and others with some art history coursework and digital image editing skills.

The Visual Resources Curator is a member of the Visual Resources Association, the professional organization for image specialists and providers that is working to establish national and international standards for image cataloging and reproduction quality. She has written a guide for developing collections of images of Native American art that is available from the Visual Resources Association as VRA Special Bulletin #15. There is a link below to several websites about Native American art and culture.


The Image Collection has acquired the materials from the Women's Art Archive that were formerly housed in the Special Collections of the University Library. For information about accessing these slides and clipping files, please contact Karen Kessel.