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Studio Arts: Materials & Process Research @ Pitt: Modern/Contemporary Artists' Materials & Processes

A library guide created to assist Studio Arts students at Pitt with materials and process research.

Finding Resources on Modern/Contemporary Materials & Processes

In this example of searching for more on modern/contemporary art materials, we'll do a keyword search. We will search in PittCat:

From PittCat, click Advanced Search.

Enter "contemporary" in the first search box, "materials" in the second search box, and "art" in the third, and search

Narrowing down your results with more directed keywords and subject headings will help you find the resources that you're looking for.

Helpful Keyword Searches:  

Contemporary AND sculpture AND materials 

Modern AND painting AND materials 

Contemporary AND art AND process 

3D AND printing AND art  

Search Tips
  • Include specific names of materials in your searches. 
  • Search for specific art movements to learn more about the materials and processes used by artists aligned with that movement
  • Search for specific artists who use/d a material or employed a process that you're interested in learning more about.

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