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How do I search for images?
To learn more about searching for images on our website, please view our Search Tips.
I can't find an image of a specific work of art online.
The images available through this website represent only a fraction of the Art Institute's collection. Submit the Search Request form and we'll gladly search our file for you.
What image sizes are available?
The following standard specifications are available through this site:
How soon can I have the image?
All images displaying the Add to Cart icon () are available for immediate download after purchase. Images displaying the Call for Pricing icon () may have available photography that will be uploaded to the website within seven (7) business days of purchase. Some works may require new photography. In these cases, new photography of the work may be arranged, pending approval. We will advise you on any additional cost and time required to deliver new photography.
How will the image be delivered?
If the image being provided is a standard specification, then you will be able to download the image through this website. A custom specification may require an alternate delivery method which may incur additional cost.
Can I download a 'comp' image for evaluation?
A low-resolution, watermarked image can be made available upon request for 'comp' or reference purposes within your organization only. Please read our Terms & Conditions for more details on 'comp' use.
Can I crop or overprint an image?
If you plan to alter the image in any way, for example, cropping or overprinting, you must get prior permission from the Art Institute of Chicago Images before licensing the image. Comps and/or layouts may be required. We will advise you if your proposed alterations are acceptable. When using a detail, caption information must identify the alteration, and include the word "Detail" at the end of the caption information.
What do you do to ensure image quality?
Our photography is produced using professional level DSLRs, Pro Digital Backs or high-end scanners, and is created in a color-managed environment centered on the Adobe RGB (1998) color space. All images are color-corrected, 24-bit RGB (8 bits per channel) and have resolutions of 300 dpi (with the exception of low res images available at 72 dpi). Learn more about our Imaging Studio.
How long are images available for download after purchase?
Images from past orders will be available for download up to 180 days from the purchase date. You will not be charged for downloading an image you have already purchased if you are using it for the same purpose.
How do I register?
How do I access my account (to review a quote, download an image, view a past order, etc.)?
If you are already signed in, you will see "Welcome Your Name" in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Click this to go to your account profile. From your account profile, you may update your contact information or view your lightboxes, shopping cart, current/past orders, and quotes pending review by clicking on the links that appear on the left-hand side of the screen. To access your account, please Sign In.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Full payment is due at the time of purchase. We accept credit card, check/money order, and wire transfer payment. To complete your purchase online, you must use a credit card. All other forms of payment will be verified prior to making the image(s) available for download. All payments MUST be in U.S. dollars. Please include your order confirmation number with check/money order and wire transfer payments.
What is your cancellation policy?
Refunds will have a 50% administrative fee deducted. Cancellations made after one year from the purchase date are not eligible for refund. New photography, postage, wire transfer/check, and rush fees are NOT refundable.
How do I purchase an image?
Registration is required to purchase an image. To complete your purchase online, you must use a credit card. All other forms of payment will be verified prior to making the image(s) available for download. All images displaying the Add to Cart icon () are available for immediate download after purchase. Images displaying the Call for Pricing icon () may have available photography that will be uploaded to the website after purchase.
To purchase an image displaying the Add to Cart icon (): Click on the icon below the image to add the image to your shopping cart. Proceed to your shopping cart and then click on Calculate Price. A new RM Pricing Calculator window will open in your browser. Enter the requested usage information and then click Update Cart. Proceed to checkout and enter the required information. You must be registered and logged in on the website to checkout.
To purchase an image displaying the Call for Pricing icon (): Click on the icon below the image to request pricing. You do not have to be registered to submit the request form, however, you will need to be registered to eventually purchase the image. We will respond to your request for a quote as soon as possible.
How do I use the RM Pricing Calculator?
All images are licensed on a non-exclusive, rights-managed (RM) basis, which means the license will be limited to a specific project, size, distribution, medium, and timeframe; price will vary with these factors. The RM Pricing Calculator allows you to determine the price for your project based on those factors. Please note that some uses cannot be priced online, including advertising, products, and personal use—for any uses that cannot be priced online you will be prompted to submit the order form.
Select the appropriate options in the calculator, as defined below:
What does rights-managed mean?
When you purchase a license to a rights-managed image, the license limits your use to a specific project, size, distribution, medium, and timeframe; price will vary with these factors. To reuse the photo later on or for additional uses, you need to re-license it. The fees and usage rights for rights-managed images are based on the specific project's criteria:
Do you offer any royalty-free images?
No, we do not offer any royalty-free images. All images are licensed on a non-exclusive, rights-managed (RM) basis, which means the license will be limited to a specific project, size, distribution, medium, and timeframe; price will vary with these factors. To reuse the photo later on or for additional uses, you will need to re-license it.
Can I view the License Agreement?
View the Art Institute of Chicago Images License Agreement.
Do I need to obtain permission from anyone else?
The works of art appearing on this website, although owned by the museum, may be protected by copyright, publication, or publicity rights or related interests that are not owned by the museum. It is your responsibility to obtain whatever copyright or other permissions that may be required (if any) from an artist, his agent, estate or any other third party rights holder. Please see the License Agreement for further details.
Are any uses prohibited?
Yes, the following uses are prohibited:
Do you license images for use in retail merchandise?
To license an image for use in a product for resale, please send an email to Product Development.
How do I obtain an image for a news article about the Art Institute?
If you are a member of the media looking for images related to an educational program or exhibition at the Art Institute, please send an email to Public Affairs.
How do I purchase a print for display in my home?
Reproductions of selected works are available for purchase in our Museum Shop.
How do I obtain permission to use the Art Institute as a location for my film or photography shoot?
Please note that the Art Institute requires at minimum three-week's notice and in-person requests for same-day filming or photography will not be granted, so plan ahead. For more information, please send an email to Public Affairs.