Art Images

Art Images for College Teaching was a personal, non-profit resource created by Allan T. Kohl, visual resources curator at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design-- all photographs were taken by Allan. Most of the images have references to pages of major art history textbooks where the work is mentioned. The images are still available and downloadable, but the site is no longer maintained, and there is no longer any information about image use and permissions.
- Pre-Columbian Meso-American
- Native North American

Digital Imaging Project

The Digital Imaging Project hosts images of sculpture and architecture from prehistoric to most-modern times. The website is organized by location. The best part of this collection is that each work has many different photographs from various angles, not only the traditional views. See image use guidelines.
Selected galleries:
- Art and Architecture of Mexico

Flickr Groups

Flickr Groups are themed image collections created by members of the Flickr photograph-sharing community. There are thousands of Flickr Groups, and more are created daily. The size and quality of images within the groups varies, but overall I am impressed with the images I find there. Copyright protection varies by photographer. A very popular protection on the site is the Creative Commons license, which allows anyone to use, distribute, and change the photograph as long as attribution is given to the creator. To the right of each photograph the copyright information is displayed.
Selected groups:
- Machu Pichu Photo Tour
- Maya
- Native American Indian Ruins & Artifacts
- Teotihuacan, Mexico
- Zonas Arqueologicas de Mexico

Mesoamerican Photos

The Mesoamerican Photo Archive aims to educate and stimulate the public with both accurate information and beautiful photographs of Mesoamerican archaeology. The site is owned and maintained by a Tulane University graduate student, David R. Hixson, who encourages non-commercial use of his images. The images are organized by location, and each location page has many color photographs and detailed captions.

Museum of Fine Arts

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has digital images of over 300,000 pieces from their collection available on their website. The collection can be browsed, searched, or viewed through interactive tours. A feature called MyMFA allows you to bookmark images to a free account for future use. Images from the website are free to use for educational purposes. See image use policy.
Selected galleries:
- Art of the Ancient Americas
- Native American Art
- Native Central and South American Musical Instruments
- Native North American Musical Instruments

NYPL Digital Gallery

The New York Public Library Digital Gallery provides access to over 550,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more. Most of the works are in the public domain and the photographs provided can be used for educational purposes, though a fee is required for using the images for commercial use.
Selected galleries:
- New World in Early Prints and Photographs
- Native American Portraiture

Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons is a huge media repository maintained by volunteers. The website has hundreds of thousands of files of images, sounds, and videos for many disciplines. The Art section allows you to browse images from various access points, such as country, culture, genre, period, artist, collectors, etc. Navigation through the various links of the site can be time-consuming, so if you are searching for a specific artwork or artist it would be best to use the search feature (since images are hidden until you get to the most specific category). All of the media files on the site are supposed to be available for educational use-- the specific license conditions of each file can be found on their description pages.
Selected galleries:
- Native American Art
- Pre-Columbian Art

World Architecture

The World Architectural History Survey is a collection of architecture photographs from prehistory to contemporary times. The project was created at Bryn Mawr College and the images are to be used for non-profit educational purposes. The site is easy to navigate and most of the images are accessible just one click away from the front page.
Selected galleries:
- Pre-Columbian Americas

World Images Kiosk

The World Images Kiosk is a collection of over 50,000 images hosted by California State University. The collection is very multi-cultural and it's a great resource for non-western art, which can often be difficult to find online in English. All images may be used freely for educational purposes.
Selected galleries:
- Native American Art
- Pre-Columbian: Mesoamerican
- Pre-Columbian Art
- Art of the Americas
- Pre-Columbian & Native American Ceramics
- Native American Interactions
- Mexican Colonial & Pre-Columbian
- Palenque
- Tikal
- Machu Pichu