The Visual Artists and Galleries Association (VAGA) and ARTstor are pleased to announce that they have reached a collaborative agreement through which a significant number of images – depicting works by VAGA member artists – will be made available in the ARTstor Digital Library. Under this collaborative agreement, ARTstor will initially make available approximately 3,000 such images for educational and scholarly use, and will make more available over time as additional collections of modern and contemporary art are added to the Charter Collection.
VAGA is an organization for visual artists in the United States. Founded in 1976, VAGA represents many visual artists and their estates, including Kenneth Noland, the Romare Bearden Foundation, Louise Bourgeois, the Stuart Davis Estate, the Adolph Gottlieb Foundation, Jasper Johns, Wolf Kahn, Alex Katz, the Robert Motherwell Estate, the Donald Judd Foundation, and Robert Rauschenberg.
Robert Panzer, Executive Director of VAGA, expressed his enthusiasm for this collaboration. "We are very pleased to collaborate with ARTstor. We believe this collaboration will significantly further education and scholarship in the arts and other fields, and are pleased to further such important aims." James Shulman, Executive Director of ARTstor, similarly expressed his pleasure for the relationship with VAGA. "The collaboration with VAGA is an important opportunity for many artists and artists' estates to have a voice in the development of ARTstor and, through VAGA, to show their support for the education of future artists and scholars."
ARTstor, a digital image library, was created in 2001 as a non-profit initiative of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It is now an independent non-profit organization dedicated to serving education and scholarship in the arts and humanities. The more than 750 non-profit institutions currently participating in ARTstor are located in North America, Australia, and the United Kingdom.