Loans, Permissions & Reproductions

Storage view of Jamie Wyeth’s 1986 painting Kalounna in Frogtown from the Terra Foundation collection.

Through loans from our collection, the Terra Foundation for American Art contributes to exhibitions and programs that enhance the scholarship and understanding of American art. Institutions seeking to borrow objects in the collection must send a formal letter of request (by mail or email attachment). See the section below on Loans for details.

The Terra Foundation encourages fair use of the contents of this website. Use of certain images of works in the foundation’s collection may require permission by a third-party copyright holder. See the section on Academic and Educational use below. Academic fair use of images of works in the collection is encouraged. Commercial uses of collection images require licensing; see Permissions below.


Institutions seeking to borrow artwork in the collection should send a formal letter of request (by mail or email attachment) addressed to Sharon Corwin, Terra Foundation President & CEO / 120 East Erie Street / Chicago, IL 60611 / USA.

Please include the following information:

  • A title and description of the exhibition, including whether a catalogue is planned
  • A list of the objects requested;
  • The significance of the proposed objects from the collection to the exhibition
  • The venue(s) and dates of the exhibition

A facilities report from the borrowing institution and all venues should be submitted for review before the loan can be presented for approval to the foundation’s Board of Directors.

We recommend submitting requests at least 12 months before the opening of the exhibition.

If you wish to discuss possible loans in advance of sending a request, or if you have questions, please contact us at [email protected].

Reproductions: Academic and Educational Use

Many images of works in the Terra Foundation collection are available for download for academic or educational use from the Terra Foundation website. If a downloadable image is available, the download link appears beneath the image, alongside the required caption and credit line. The Terra Foundation asks that the caption and credit line provided be used in all academic uses. You may browse collection images online.

Guidelines for academic fair use have been set forth by American Alliance of Museums and College Art Association.

You are solely responsible for the download or use of any images from the Terra Foundation site. It is your responsibility to verify or to accept any rights information provided as well as to obtain any additional permission or clearances that may be required for works protected by copyright or a third party.

The Terra Foundation also makes high resolution images available through the ArtStor Digital Library. For information on ArtStor access and accounts, please visit their website. Access to ArtStor may be provided by your academic institution.

Museums, scholars, and non-profits are encouraged to request permission using the contact information detailed below, in order to receive high quality images suitable for publication. To request digital files in sizes or formats beyond those offered for download, please see Permissions below.


For permission to reproduce works owned by the Terra Foundation in exhibition catalogues, University Press, or other non-profit publications, please contact:

Andrew Reyes-Burkholder
Assistant Collection Manager
Terra Foundation for American Art
120 East Erie Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
[email protected]
Phone: +1 312 654 2260

Requests should include:

  • Title and description of the publication,
  • Expected month and year of publication,
  • Language(s) of publication, and
  • Planned print run

Please also include the publisher’s name and the physical mailing address of the publisher.

Use of the foundation’s images require licensing through our agent, Art Resource. Licensing is limited to the specific permissions granted by contract, and any use outside the terms of the license will constitute a breach of contract.

For permissions to use Terra Foundation images for posters, cards, slides, calendars, or any other commercial products contact:

Art Resource
65 Bleecker Street, 12th floor
New York, NY, 10012
Phone: +1 212 505 8700
Fax: +1 212 505 2053
[email protected]

Copyright for certain images and works of art in the Terra Foundation collection may be held by a third party, such as an artist’s estate or artist groups, in addition to the Terra Foundation. Once we receive your request, we may advise you about third-party rights. As an end user, you are solely responsible for the use of any images from the Terra Foundation. Reproduction of any images © Artists Rights Society (ARS) or images © VAGA (Visual Artists and Galleries Association, Inc.) is prohibited without written authorization from:

Artists Rights Society (ARS)
65 Bleecker Street, 12th floor
New York, NY, 10012
Phone: +1 212 420 9160
Fax: +1 212 420 9286

Printed Reproductions

Printed reproductions of select Terra Foundation images can be purchased through 1000Museums.