Skip to main content

Foundation: Tradition and Innovation

Compiles resources that pertain to subjects covered in MICA's Foundation program

Books in the Decker Library

Special Collections at Decker Library

See the Decker Library Tumblr for other examples from the Library's special collections. All are available to view in the Library by request at the Information Desk.

Tradition & Innovation Research

Marginalia image

From Images, Texts, and Marginalia in a "Vows of the Peacock" Manuscript by Domenic Leo (ebook, click link to read online)

1. Search the Library Catalog for books to explore your subject.

2. Remember that eBooks can be read online!

3. View work of specific artists and traditions on

4. Look for relevant subject articles in Oxford Art Online.

5. Use Art & Architecture Source to search for journal articles on your topic.

6. Register as a user in ARTstor, then search & download images on your topic.

7. Explore the Library's Special Collections
- - browse our Tumblr Archive to see selections
- - browse & search our Book Arts Catalog

8. How did you do? Contact me if you’d like more help with your research topic.
    -- Kathy Cowan,, (410) 225-2714 is a highly visual website that is useful for browsing multiple artists and artworks from many time periods. It includes the Art Genome Project, which maps characteristics (called “genes”) common to art makers and to art and design objects over time.

Screenshot from

Browse all categories here
A selection of categories follows:

Decker Library at the Maryland Institute College of Art | Location: 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217 | Mailing: 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217

Research Help: 410-225-2273 / | General Questions: 410-225-2272 /

Like Us On Facebook Follow Us on Instagram Sign Up For Our Newsletter Follow Our tumblr Follow Us On Twitter