This guide is a collection of free, practical tools for anyone with an interest in art, graphic design, or museology - whether you want to examine a famous artwork up-close, or just need some images for your big presentation! The resources on this page have been created and generously shared by artists and workers who want to empower others to access and create work without financial barriers. Please respect the wishes of those who share their content, and cite and attribute works to them as specified on their website. Think critically about how you use images of people to illustrate your own work or narratives, and adhere to ethical guidelines when they are presented to you.
The resources listed below are suitable for download and use on your own personal computers. Gleeson Library also has a range of computers you can use, as well as iPads and laptops available for checkout. The Reference Lab on the first floor of Gleeson Library includes iMac computers with iMovie 10, iPhoto 9, and GarageBand 10 available for use. Adobe Creative Suite software is available in the GL220 iMac Lab on the second floor. These can be used on a walk-up basis when the iMac Lab is not reserved for classes.
Joyful and authentic representation is important. Here, find a selection of high-resolution, non-tokenizing photos of people from different cultures and communities, depicted in their everyday lives.
The institutions and programs below ordinarily offer free or reduced-fee admission to museums, galleries, and exhibitions around the city. While the Bay Area is under shelter-in-place, these institutions may be closed or operating under reduced access - but keep these in mind for the future, and take a look at their websites to see what virtual exhibits are on offer.