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Image Licensing

Thank you for your interest in image resources from the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. 

Images of objects in the Museum’s collection can be licensed for a variety of personal, scholarly, and commercial uses.  

To request image materials and/or permission to reproduce a work of art from the Museum’s collection, please complete and submit the Image Reproduction Request Form with information about your project so that we may begin processing your request. 

Depending on the scope and purpose of your intended use and the availability of image materials, fees may be assessed for image reproduction and/or image preparation (i.e., digitization or new photography). For more information, please reference our Rights and Reproductions Fee Schedule and the complete terms and conditions of the Museum’s contract for image licensing.* 

Please note the following conditions for reproductions of images licensed from the Museum: 

Credit lines as supplied by the Museum must accompany reproductions of works from the Museum’s collection, formatted as follows: 

Artist, Title, date. Medium, dimensions. Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. Donor credit. Copyright notice and/or photographer credit (when applicable).

A proof of the reproduced image and credit line must be submitted to the Department of Rights and Reproductions for approval before the publication is complete. 

One gratis copy of the publication must be provided for our archives, mailed to the address below: 

Department of Rights and Reproductions
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum 
Washington University in St. Louis 
One Brookings Drive, MSC 1214-203-208 
St. Louis, MO 63130

*The Museum reserves the right to decline permission for a particular use or to charge different fees from those published on this site. 

If you have questions, please contact Kristin Good, associate registrar, at 

Although the Museum owns the physical artworks in its collection, the copyright is retained by the artist, artists’ estate, or representative. Although we will assist in providing contact information for the rights holder when known, you are responsible for securing any additional permission as specified by any third party with copyright interests for the work, and for paying any royalties or fees that may be charged by this party.  

Image reproduction and/or preparation fees which may be invoiced by the Museum as part of the licensing contract serve only to partially recover operating costs for the service of preparing and providing image files and do not include any copyright clearance fees which may be charged by the rights holder. 

Fee Schedule

Images are provided free of charge for personal use (not for reproduction) and scholarly and nonprofit use, subject to any applicable image preparation fees.  

Personal Use 

Image files are provided for personal use free of any Image Reproduction Fees. Personal use includes, but is not limited to, study, research, teaching/lecture, and enjoyment. Image files provided for personal use may not be published, reproduced, or distributed. If you receive an image file for personal use and later wish to reproduce the image, you must submit a new Image Reproduction Request Form to the Museum’s Department of Rights and Reproductions. 

Scholarly and Nonprofit Use 

Image Reproduction Fees are WAIVED for scholarly uses. Examples of scholarly uses include, but are not limited to, exhibition catalogues, scholarly journals, academic books, catalogues raisonnés, educational materials in various media produced by museums, libraries, or other nonprofit organizations, and other items made available to a relatively limited audience. 

Commercial Use 

Examples of commercial use include, but are not limited to, for-profit publications, trade books, textbooks, reference books, K–12 curriculum materials, large circulation or mass-market magazines, commercial film and television, advertisements, merchandise, and other items made available to a relatively wide audience. Fees for commercial use vary based on the type of use and distribution or term length requested. 


  Image Reproduction Fees for Commercial Use 


  < 5,000 copies or 5-year term 

  < 10,000 copies or 10-year term 


North America

or one country 


North America

or one country 


  Book or periodical interior (print or electronic) 





  Book or periodical cover (print or electronic) 





  Website / Multimedia / App 





  Film / Television / Video 





  Exhibition use 





  All other uses 





  *Commercial uses greater than 10,000 copies or 10-year term will be negotiated on an individual basis 



Image Preparation Fees


Digitization: $100* (Scanning of 4 × 5 color transparency, slide, or photographic print; or copy stand photography able to be completed in-house) 

New Professional Photography: $300 (minimum)** 


*Discounts may apply for multiple image scans. 

**The Museum does not have a staff photographer and must bring in a professional contract photographer for each request requiring new photography. As a result, these requests will require additional processing time and will incur fees to cover the cost of the contract photographer. Fees for new photography may vary subject to the scope and difficulty of the shoot and variations in the photographers’ hourly rates. Projects exceeding the $300 minimum fee will be quoted on a case-by-case basis in advance of the shoot. Discounts may apply for photography of multiple objects. 



Other Fees 


Rush: $100 

Wire Transfer: $25 




Payment is accepted via credit card, check, or wire transfer: 


If you wish to pay by credit card, please call Kristin Good, associate registrar, at 314.936.6657 with your credit card information. 


Checks should be made payable to: 

Department of Rights and Reproductions
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum 
Washington University in St. Louis 
One Brookings Drive, MSC 1214-203-208 
St. Louis, MO 63130


*If you wish to pay by wire transfer, indicate this with your request and please note that a $25 fee applies. 

Terms and Conditions

Conditions under which permission is granted to reproduce works of art in the collection of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis


  1. Reproduction permission from the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University (the "Kemper Art Museum") is granted only for the specific work of art identified on page one hereof. Further, applicant shall only use the reproduction in the publication or in the manner specified on page one hereof. Permission is only granted for one usage in one publication or project, for one edition and one language. Reproduction of works of art in additional language editions or subsequent or revised editions will be considered upon application.
  2. Reproduction from printed or other non-photographic materials, or from photographic materials not supplied by the Kemper Art Museum's Department of Rights and Reproductions, is strictly prohibited.
  3. Black-and-white photographs are sold outright and cannot be returned.
  4. Rental fees must be paid on all transparencies, whether or not they are reproduced. Transparencies shall at all times remain the property of the Kemper Art Museum. Applicant shall not duplicate, sell, loan, or otherwise transfer the transparencies to any other person or entity without the prior written consent of the Kemper Art Museum. All transparencies must be returned to the Kemper Art Museum. A fee will be charged for late return; full replacement cost will be charged in the case of loss or damage. All fees associated with reproductions are non-refundable.
  5. Before publication of any reproduction—whether print, digital, or other—a color proof of the image and full credit line must be approved in writing by the Kemper Art Museum. If no proof is received, or if any requested changes are not applied, usage may be considered unauthorized. 
  6. Each object must be reproduced in its entirety and the reproduction may not be bled off the page or cropped in any way without prior written consent. Nothing may be superimposed on the reproduction, including text. Reproductions must be full tone black and white or full color. Application to reproduce a detail from a work will be considered only upon receipt of a sketch or photograph marked to show the area to be reproduced; the caption must include the word "detail."
  7. An accurate credit line (as provided) must be shown in immediate proximity to the reproduction or in the section within the publication devoted to acknowledgments, formatted as follows:  Artist, Title, date. Medium, dimensions. Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, St. Louis. Donor credit. Photographer credit (when applicable).
  8. Applicant shall provide the Kemper Art Museum with at least one complete copy of the work in which the reproduction(s) appear, free of charge.
  9. The Kemper Art Museum assumes no responsibility for any royalties or fees claimed against the applicant or the Kemper Art Museum by third parties, nor does the Kemper Art Museum guarantee or warrant that the reproduction permission granted herein is the only permission needed to insulate the applicant from claims of infringement from parties other than the Kemper Art Museum. This reproduction permission does not purport to govern any such rights which persons other than the Kemper Art Museum may have under the laws of the United States or the laws of any of the various countries in which the reproduction(s) may be published, displayed or distributed.
  10. Under no circumstances does the Kemper Art Museum grant exclusive world rights to reproduce any works in our collection.