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Visual Arts: Art & Art History

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  • CC Search: Search for free content in the public domain and under Creative Commons licenses. Learn more about CC licenses here.
  • Some major institutions provide free access to images of works in the public domain, for non-commercial use: 

Citations, Copyright and Fair Use in the Visual Arts

Image result for fair use logoImage result for creative commonsImage result for copyright imagesCopyright "is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works." Learn more here

Fair Use allows "the unlicensed use of copyright-protected works in certain circumstances." Learn more here.

Creative Commons licenses make creative works "freely available for legal use, sharing, repurposing, and remixing" by "any member of the public." The CC Search search engine lets you "search for free content in the public domain and under Creative Commons licenses. Learn more about CC licenses here."

More information:

The MLA, Chicago, and Turabian citation styles may be used in writing about art. Check your syllabus or contact your professor to find out which style they prefer.

Quick guides to citing images: 

ARTSTOR's guides to Using Images and Copyright, including Citing Sources

College Art Association Guidelines regarding Fair Use and Copyright:

Fair Use Evaluator

Statement on Fair Use from the Visual Resources Association

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Local Art Galleries

  • Image result for paint palette and brush clip artChicago Gallery News lists galleries "by geographic districts throughout the city of Chicago, suburbs and neighboring states."
  • TimeOut Chicago lists their favorites (Jan. 2018)

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