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John Taormina

Duke University
Curator of Visual Resources
Durham, NC
John Taormina began his career in the visual resources/image management profession in 1982. He has a B.A. and M.A. in art history as well as formal training in collections management. He has directed the image collections at George Washington University, Oberlin College, The Ohio State University, and the University of Michigan. Since 2000 he has been the Curator of Visual Resources at Duke University.

During the past 30 years he initiated the digital imaging programs in the art and art history image collections at The Ohio State University (1994), University of Michigan (1999), and Duke University (2001). As the Curator of Visual Resources at Duke, he oversees all aspects of the departmental digital and analog visual media collections, and also manages the department’s online and print communications program and exhibitions.

John served for ten years (1996-2005, 2009-10) as the editor of the VRA Bulletin, the professional journal of the Visual Resources Association (VRA), the international organization of image media specialists. From 1996-2003, John served on four successive VRA Executive Boards. In 2005 he received both the VRA Distinguished Service Award and the VRA Nancy DeLaurier Achievement Award, for his extensive contributions and leadership in publications and educational programs in the VRA and in the visual resources profession.

John has been a core member of the Duke Digital Art History & Visual Culture Research Lab (formerly Wired! Lab) since 2013. He has been the metadata and image consultant to the Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database project since its inception in 2011. Since 2018, he has been part of the Building Duke Bass Connections project team at Duke. John published his 150-page Digital Humanities Bibliography in 2019, with ongoing revisions and additions. He is currently researching the history of Ohio's art museums with an online or print publication as the intended final product.
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