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Materiality, computation + visual culture

The Center for Virtual/Material Studies supports innovative research – at the intersection of materiality studies and computation – and teaching collaborations to enhance understanding of cultural heritage.

Research + training

The portfolio of research projects and workshops based in the Center for Virtual/Material Studies is expanding rapidly. We will feature ongoing explorations, symposia, and training events in this space.

Virtual/Material: Color and Pigment Graduate Workshop

Virtual/Material: Color and Pigment Graduate Workshop

The evidentiary status of digital representations of works of art is a question that has become as pressing for students and scholars of art history as it has long been for conservators and conservation scientists, imaging professionals, data scientists, and information specialists. This workshop will offer an integrated curriculum of Technical and Digital Art History via the special case history of color.

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Seeing Constable’s Clouds

Seeing Constable’s Clouds

Development of computational methods to analyze formal details in paintings, focusing on cloud studies by John Constable and his emulators, documentary photographs, and fine art photographs.

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Our People


Dr. Sarah K. Rich

Sarah K. Rich

Director | Learn More


John Russell

John Russell

Associate Director | Learn More


Carolyn Lucarelli

Carolyn Lucarelli

Curator of Visual Resources | Learn More


Catherine Adams

Catherine Adams

Assistant Curator | Learn More



Advisory Board


Nancy Locke

Art History | Learn More


Bill Minter

University Libraries | Learn More


Henry Pisciotta

University Libraries | Learn More


Emily Pugh

Getty Research Institute | Learn More


Chang Tan

Art History | Learn More


Dan Zolli

Art History | Learn More


Scan of Munsell Color System Atlas Color Charts color wheel. Image courtesy Cooper Hewitt.

Facilities+ Contact

The Center is located on the second floor of the Borland Building in the College of Arts and Architecture on the University Park campus of Penn State, adjacent to the Department of Art History.

Contact

241 Borland Building
Penn State University
University Park, PA 16802