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Virginia Seymour

Virginia Seymour

Virginia Seymour is the Head Librarian of Research and Instruction at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. She writes the “Learning to Look” visual literacy column on JSTOR Daily.

Elements of Design: Spotlight on Color

Color, like line, shape, texture, and the other elements of art and design, communicates meaning and creates visually compelling experiences. Here's how.

Exploring Images In (and Out of) Context

When you think you understand an image, ask yourself what contextual information might be missing.
Xavier University of Louisiana Men's Basketball Team, c. 1939-40

The Visual Medium Has a Message

How does the medium in which an image is rendered, its materiality, shape our perception of the subject matter?

Cultivating the Art of Slow Looking

When we examine the subject, foreground, and background of an image separately, the nuances of the scene emerge.
Dr. Rivers Frederick Perfoming Surgery at Flint-Goodridge Hospital

Introducing Our Visual Literacy Column, “Learning to Look”

Developing visual literacy skills unlocks a means of understanding and engaging with the world that cannot be replaced by any text.