Fine Arts

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Finding Books


When using CLIO, useful Library of Congress Subject Headings for women and architecture include:

women artists
women cartoonists
women in art
women painters
women photographers
women sculptors

If you're looking for a specific artist, search CLIO for her name (as author).   Examples:

Cassatt, Mary
Gentileschi, Artemisia

Another way to identify books and journal articles is to use published bibliographies:

  • Women artists : an historical, contemporary, and feminist bibliography (1994)
    Avery Reference  N40 B121
    Barnard Reference  N8354 .B32 1994

  • Women in the fine arts : a bibliography and illustration guide (1991)
    Avery Reference N35 An23
    Barnard Reference  N8354 .A47 1991

To find other published bibliographies, use the Advanced Search option in CLIO and put the word bibliography in the subject heading (use the pull down menu to choose Subject). Put words like women and sculpture either in the Subject Heading, or in Anywhere.

Finding Biographical Information

  • Oxford Art Online
    Full text multidisciplinary database includes Grove art online, Oxford companion to Western art, Encyclopedia of aesthetics, Concise Oxford dictionary of art terms, Grove dictionary of art online and covers all aspects of art and artists.
  • Contemporary women artists (1999)
    Avery Reference N40 C76
    Barnard Reference N8354 .C66 1999
  • Dictionary of women artists (1997) 
    Avery Reference N40 D57
    Barnard Reference N43 .D55 1997
  • North American women artists of the twentieth century : a biographical dictionary (1995)
    Avery Reference  N40 N79

Try searching in CLIO under the name of specific artists [last name, first name] using a subject search. Examples:

Cassatt, Mary
Gentileschi, Artemisia

Finding Journal Articles

  • Art Full Text
    A major periodical index to the arts. This database covers 1984 to the present and is the second part of a two- part index to art periodicals in Western European languages.  Beginning in 1994, abstracts are included. After the late 1990s, some full text is available (lacking illustrations).  The earlier index is:
  • Art Retrospective
    Index covers 1929-1984.  
  • ARTBibliographies Modern
    Citations and abstracts for publications on modern and contemporary art (late 19th century to the present).
  • n.paradoxa
    "... the only international feminist art journal exploring feminist theory and contemporary women's art practices published in two separate editions online (quarterly, since Dec. 1996) and in print." The web page provides access to some information from the current issue, but it also has a large number of links to web sites about women and art with great international coverage. n.paradoxa also includes a list or worldwide organizations.

For Women's Studies journals, use

For more resources for arts, explore

Finding Images

  • ARTstor
    Digital images of architecture, painting, photography, sculpture, decorative arts, design and material culture


    "We seek dynamic exchanges of views on visual art and feminist cultural production across and between disciplines." has public forums about a variety of topics.
  • Guerrilla Girls
    Guerrilla Girls are a group of women artists and art professionals who make posters about discrimination.
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts
    The Museum is "dedicated exclusively to recognizing the contributions of women artists. Includes some images and information about artists in the collection.
  • Women's Studio Workshop
    A not-for-profit artists' space located near Kingston, NY. The WSW home page provides information about its activities, programs, and internships.