As part of its objective to contribute to the dissemination and study of the work of Puerto Rican visual artists and foreign artists residing in Puerto Rico, the Artist Assistance Program (PROA, by its Spanish acronym) maintains a collection of documents on the life and work of these artists.

This physical archive is part of the services of the Study and Research Room of the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (SEIMAPR, by its Spanish acronym) and has more than 1,500 files that include documents on biographical information, articles, reviews, exhibition catalogs, among others. This collection has been mainly made up from the artists' own personal archives, making it a unique resource on the legacy and development of the history of Puerto Rican art.

It is available for consultation by the general and specialized public, including independent researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, professors, curators, writers, journalists, gallery owners, collectors, artists and event organizers.

MAPR's Study and Research Room specializes in bibliographic resources specialized in visual arts, museology and museography. It also has an audiovisual collection of the MAPR from its beginnings in 1996 to its culmination in 1998, the chronological collection of the catalogs of the exhibitions held at the Museum from 1998 to the present, and resources in Braille and enlarged print (low vision).

For more information about the information resources available and to consult the physical archive of Puerto Rican visual artists and residents of Puerto Rico, contact: Dorilyn Morales Colón (Librarian),, 787-977-6277, x. 2204, 2260.

If you are an artist and would like to learn how to be part of this physical archive, see PROA in search.