Fine Arts & Art History

This guide will get you started on research in the fine arts including painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, and more

Browsing Art Books in the library

To browse art books, look for the following call numbers:

N: Visual Arts

NA: Architecture

NB: Sculpture

NC: Drawing, Design, Illustration

ND: Painting

NE: Print Media

NK: Decorative Arts

NX: Arts in General

TR: Photography

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Books to get started on your research

Below are some books in UMA's collection that provide a good introduction to art practices, or are good reference books. If you'd like to find more books and eBooks, you can search the library catalog. Try searching for a specific artist, style, time period, or work. If you have any questions, ask a librarian

On the left-side of this page, you'll also see call numbers for specific art topics, if you're in one of our libraries, you can browse books with these call numbers. 

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