Rights and Reproductions

The Lowe Art Museum’s policy on photography and filming in its galleries exists to ensure that works of art are not subjected to the adverse effects of accumulated light damage; to protect copyright, whether owned by the Lowe Art Museum or by another entity; to remain compliant with the terms of traveling exhibition contracts that prohibit photography; and to provide quality control for images reproduced from the Lowe’s collections.

Special Events and Educational Programming

Professional photography for the purpose of documenting a special event held at the Lowe is permitted provided it is the event – and not an individual work of art – that is the subject of the photography.  The Special Events Coordinator must approve all such requests.  Requests for photography during education programs must be arranged through the Curator of Education.

News Media Requests and Exhibition Publicity

Requests by the news media to photograph or film in the galleries for the purpose of publicizing an exhibition will be approved on a case-by-case basis and must take place during business hours when professional staff is on-site to supervise.  All such requests must be coordinated through the University of Miami’s Office of Media Relations.  Requests by the news media to reproduce works from the collection for purposes other than news reporting or criticism should be referred to the Assistant Director for Collections and Exhibition Services and are subject to the Lowe’s standard rights and reproduction policies. 

Commercial / Non-commercial Use

For all other uses, whether for commercial purposes (i.e., publication in a book or other product) or non-commercial (e.g., slides for a lecture), reproductions must be purchased through Bridgeman Art Library (www.bridgemanart.com).

Student Photography Request Forms

Students may request images of works on display for use in a paper or class assignment by completing a Student Photography Request Form.  Images of loaned works, including temporary exhibitions on display in the Green Gallery and Friends of Art Gallery, are not available.

Requests to Film or Photograph in the Museum

All non-media related requests to film in the galleries should be referred to the Assistant Director for Collections and Exhibition Services.  Completion of an Application for Permission to Film in the Galleries is required for all non-media shoots, including student projects.

Copyright and Title

The Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, may not be the owner of all rights necessary to publish the reproduction, including copyright and/or rights of privacy or publicity.  It is, therefore, the requestor’s responsibility to obtain any necessary permission to publish the reproduction from parties other than the Lowe Art Museum and to pay any associated fees.  The requestor must provide the Lowe Art Museum with written proof of such permission prior to publication.  The Lowe Art Museum assumes no responsibility for infringements of copyright (Title 17, United States Code), violations of privacy or publicity rights (Title 45 CFR Section 46, Protection of Human Subjects), or other claims by other parties resulting from the requestor’s use of the reproduction, and the requestor agrees to indemnify and hold the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami harmless from any such claims.  In authorizing the publication, the Lowe Art Museum retains all rights it may own, and does not surrender its right to publish the image or to grant permission to others to do so.

Notice: Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies and other reproductions of copyrighted materials.  Under certain conditions specified by law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction.  One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purposes other than private study, scholarship or research.”  If a user makes a request for, or later uses a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement.  The Lowe Art Museum reserves the right to refuse to accept a reproduction order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order may involve violation of copyright law.

Copying Works of Art on Display

The museum allows visitors to sketch in the galleries using pencil only.  Inks, paints, water, and other media are prohibited.  Copyists must vary in size from the Lowe’s original in both dimensions by at least three inches.  Due to restrictions of U.S. Copyright Law, copying of modern and contemporary American and European works on display in the Tobin and Beaux Arts Galleries is not allowed.  Visitors may not sketch works of art on loan to the museum, or works in temporary exhibitions on display in the Green Gallery or Friends of Art Gallery.  Work areas must be a minimum of four feet away from any artwork.  Copyists may not closely approach any work of art with drawing materials in hand.  Upon completing their work, visitors must make sure that the areas in which they have been working are completely clean.

Small scale painting is allowed in the Courtyard or on Skinner patio by appointment only.  Appointments must be during weekday visitor hours when museum staff is available (Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm).  Appointments shall not conflict with any scheduled museum events.  A refundable deposit of $100 is required.  This deposit shall be returned in full if the requestor leaves the areas in good condition, otherwise the deposit shall be retained to cover the cost of cleaning the spaces.  Artists must bring a large umbrella to protect their painting supplies from sudden downpours and must use drop cloths to protect the floors and benches from paint drops.

For more information, please email the Assistant Director.