How to Use Our Collections

The Eskenazi Museum of Art is committed to providing access to the museum's collection and to promoting appreciation of its significance. In addition to the exhibitions in the permanent collection galleries and the organization and presentation of special exhibitions, the museum provides access to its collections through its frequent New in the Galleries rotations and installations and one-hour exhibitions.

The museum’s collection includes more than 45,000 objects. Less than 5% of the collection is on public display at any given time, with the remainder in study-storage areas. Pre-arranged access to the collection in storage is provided through the museum’s works-on-paper study room and visits to its three study-storage areas. Classes and individual appointments are welcome. Contact the appropriate curator to inquire about objects in storage. Please give the museum a minimum of one week's notice to schedule your visit.

Starting December 24, 2016, the Eskenazi Museum of Art's Viewing Room will close to the public.  At this time the works-on-paper collection will begin to be relocated in preparation of a full renovation of the art museum, and we will be unable to fulfill requests for private viewings of works from our collection. The rest of the museum will remain open through May 14, 2017 and we encourage you to visit. We understand and apologize for any incovenience the closure of our viewing room may cause you. The museum renovation will provide us with new and expanded facilities, including renovated galleries and better viewing rooms for art from every area of the collection. During the renovation period, digital images from the collection can still be requested through our Registrar's office. Please see the "Obtaining Images" tab below. Thank you for your interest in our collection and we look forward to welcoming you into our new facilities once they are completed. 


  • Works-on-Paper Viewing Room

    The museum has more than 5,000 prints, drawings, and photographs in storage. Individuals or groups can request a viewing of up to twenty works at one sitting (or not more than fifteen, if any of the works are oversize) in the museum’s works-on-paper study room. Due to the size of the viewing room, no more than fifteen people can be admitted at one time. Viewings for larger groups can be arranged in multiple sessions. There is no limit to the number of appointments. Appointments can be scheduled Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Please allow at least one week's notice for scheduling.

    Please note that individuals may also request a viewing of other works of art in storage, provided that the objects are not too large, heavy, or delicate to move throughout the museum.

    Request a Viewing

    An inventory of the works-on-paper collection (with the exception of the Art Sinsabaugh and Henry Holmes Smith photo archives) is available in three red binders in the Fine Arts Library's red reference section, call number N518.B4 A63 (vols. 1-3). These binders are kept on one of the reference carrels in the library reading room. To request specific works that you or your group would like to see, fill out a study/storage appointment request sheetPlease return the request sheet to Vanessa Cantrell, the museum's receptionist, at vlcantre@indiana.edu.

    Please allow at least one week's notice for scheduling. No appointment is set until confirmed by a museum graduate assistant. 

    Contact Nan Brewer, the Lucienne M. Glaubinger Curator of Works on Paper, at nabrewer@indiana.edu for more information or if you need assistance in selecting pieces.

  • Obtaining Images

    The museum provides free electronic image files of many of its 45,000 objects.

    Request an Image

    All requests must be made in writing, clearly identifying the work(s) of art requested and the intended use.

    Requests must be made for specific items.

    Please email your request to Heather Hales, Office Assistant Registrar, Rights and Reproductions, at hhales@indiana.edu.

    Please keep in mind the following:

    • You will receive two copies of our permission-to-reproduce form and our list of conditions for reproduction of imagery.
    • The form is to be signed by the person requesting the image(s) for reproduction and the person responsible for ensuring that the reproduction conforms to the museum’s conditions.
    • Return one copy of the form and allow 4–6 weeks (from the day we receive the signed form) for your request to be processed.
    • Requests cannot be considered unless four weeks’ notice (from our receipt of request) is given.
    • The museum cannot provide permission for reproductions of works controlled by the artist’s copyright. In these instances, we will provide you with the appropriate source, if known, so that you can apply for permission directly with the copyright holder.
    • Upon completion of the project, the requester will provide the museum with two complimentary copies of the publication.
  • Publications

    Curatorial research that documents and advances understanding of the collection is disseminated through Eskenazi Museum of Art publications and the museum's website. For more information about museum publications, please contact our publications office at (812) 855-9132, or browse a selection of museum publications for sale through Angles Gift Shop & Café.