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Preserving the Past: Visual Resources Centre Curates Digital Art Database

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Carolyn Lucarelli

In his early years at Penn State, Craig Zabel spent many hours amidst wooden cataloging cabinets containing drawers full of photographic slides. With nimble fingers and unwavering focus, Zabel — an associate professor and head of Penn State’s Department of Art History — would rake through rows of 35 mm slides for the perfect image to add to his lesson plan, a quest that was never truly over.

“Teaching art history is a lot of hunting and pecking,” Zabel said. “I'm always in search of that better image or better way to explain things in my lessons.”

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