Indianapolis Museum of Art Licensing & Location Shoots

Lincoln MKX location shoot on the Sutphin Mall at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The IMA welcomes proposals for film and photography shoots in the IMA galleries and on the grounds. The Rights and Reproductions Department will work with your team to assess applications, plan logistics, and oversee on-site production.

Location Shoot Application

Contact us to submit an application or to find out more:
Telephone: 317-923-1331 ext. 171 or 251
Fax: 317-923-0399

Stock photographs of the IMA collection and grounds are available to be licensed for scholarly, commercial, or personal use. For additional information or guidelines for requesting an image, please review the Image Resources page.

Licensing & Location Shoots: Policy, Review Process and Fees

The IMA encourages artists to be inspired by all of our collections and our grounds. To protect the objects being photographed and the copyright privileges of their creators, all photography and video shoots at any of the IMA’s properties must adhere to the following guidelines to ensure the safety of the collections and the experience of future visitors:

  • Photography and film crews will be accompanied by designated IMA staff members.
  • Photographs and film generated are granted permission for one-time use only as agreed upon.
  • The IMA retains editorial input over final image use.
  • Access is limited to the date(s)/hour(s) agreed upon.
  • Doors may not be propped or held open at any time.
  • No collection objects or furniture may be moved or used by anyone on the photography/film crew. IMA staff will coordinate with the crew to determine if items can be moved to accommodate the creation of particular shots.
  • Care must be taken to prevent the abrasion of walls and floors.
  • No equipment is to be placed on object cases, sculptures, or furniture, including built-in furniture.
  • Due to the light-sensitive nature of some works of art, some types of lights are restricted in the length of time they are in use and/or are not permitted.
  • Furniture pads must be used underneath all photography and lighting equipment.
  • All equipment stands must be secured with sandbags to prevent falling.
  • Where possible, stands must be placed at least five feet away from all artworks.
  • As with all other desired equipment to be used on a shoot, the use of drones is considered on a case-by-case basis for both interior and exterior spaces.
  • All extra equipment (extra lights, cameras, tripods, storage racks, etc.) must be kept in the designated area.
  • Wardrobe changes and makeup application must take place in the designated area only. No hairspray may be used in the galleries.
  • Professional portrait and wedding photography is not permitted in the IMA galleries, in Miller House and Garden, or in Oldfields–Lilly House and Gardens.
  • The IMA reserves the right to request at least one gratis copy of any publication that includes images of any parts of any of its properties.
  • The IMA reserves the right to request reciprocal use, for in-house publications or online dissemination, of images created that include any parts of any of its properties, including Miller House and Garden and Oldfields–Lilly House and Gardens. The photographer/company shall retain copyright of the images and will be appropriately credited in any uses of the images by the IMA.

Review Process

The IMA’s Rights and Reproductions Department considers all commercial and editorial proposals in the same manner. Proposals are reviewed by a standing committee of interdepartmental staff who jointly represent the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s views on curatorial matters, communications concerns, and legal issues. Approval of a project is dependent on many factors, including appropriateness of the project’s association with the IMA, scheduling and logistical restrictions, conservation concerns, and availability of staff and resources.


Fees are determined by a number of factors, including the duration of the shoot, the nature of the project, the type of media, the print-run/distribution, and the prominence of the Indianapolis Museum of Art name in the end product. Expenses are billed separately and generally include, but are not limited to, staffing, insurance, and security costs.


The IMA has standard written agreements that must be executed prior to commencement of a shoot or circulation of an advertisement. The agreements include an express license and warranty for use of the IMA intellectual property. Credit lines, copyright notices, and trademark notices are typically required and specified, where relevant.

Credit Line

All images of the IMA must be accompanied by the credit line supplied.


Please note that in many cases the Indianapolis Museum of Art owns only the physical object, and therefore, does not assume any responsibility for intellectual property, copyright, or any other legal issues involved in the publication and reproduction of items in its collection.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s charges for a location shoot do not include any fees due to the copyright owner or administrator (i.e.—the artist, representing gallery, artist’s estate, etc.). While the Rights and Reproductions Department will assist the applicant with contact information, it is the responsibility of the applicant to clear all third-party rights. The Indianapolis Museum of Art requires applicants to obtain necessary permissions as a prerequisite to completing a location shoot contract.


Insurance is necessary and expected. All applicants must furnish the Indianapolis Museum of Art with a certificate of liability insurance, showing personal liability coverage with a single limit of not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence for bodily and property damage. The Indianapolis Museum of Art shall be listed as an additional insured on the certificate of insurance, which must be on file prior to the intended photography date.

City Permits

Exterior shoots that impact the city streets or sidewalks may require a special events permit from the City of Indianapolis. More information and the application for special events permits may be found at the City of Indianapolis and Marion County website.

Legal Information

The name “Indianapolis Museum of Art” and some interior and exterior images of the Indianapolis Museum of Art and its properties contain trademarks. They may not be used for commercial purposes without the express permission of the Indianapolis Museum of Art; this includes the use of images that are lawfully obtained from an outside stock house or other source.

Unauthorized use of the name “Indianapolis Museum of Art,” images of the Indianapolis Museum of Art building, properties, domain names, exhibition names, artwork, photographs, publications, or other proprietary content is unlawful and will be pursued with appropriate legal action.