Photography/Video Guidelines

Visitors are welcome to take casual photography and video using hand-held devices at the Blanton, unless the galleries or Blanton staff indicates otherwise.

In order to protect the art, we don’t allow flash photography, tripods, monopods, or selfie sticks.

Wedding, family, and special event portraiture, or photoshoots involving a paid photographer must be arranged with our Special Events team.

These photoshoots are scheduled on Mondays only, when the museum is closed to the public, and most require rental fees. Get in touch at

The PR/Marketing department handles photography and filming requests for editorial usage. You can reach us at

Please note that many works of art in our collection and on view at the Blanton, including Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin, are copyrighted and require special permissions to photograph and publish imagery of.

If you’d like to film or photograph in the Blanton for a class project for a university-level class:

  • Get in touch with us at at least 3 weeks before your target filming or photoshoot date
  • We can accommodate 30-minute filming/photography sessions subject to approval of the PR/Marketing Department and staff availability

If you’re covering the Blanton for a student newspaper or media outlet:

  • Get in touch with us at at least a week before you’ll be visiting
  • Occasionally, we can arrange staff interviews depending on availability. The more advance notice you give us, the higher the likelihood that you’ll get an interview.
  • Always email the PR/Marketing department; do not email other Blanton staff directly.
Read Our Photography Policy

All requests are approved on a case-by-case basis by museum staff. Requests are evaluated by the following criteria:

  • Availability of museum staff to respond to the request
  • Security of the collection and museum operations
  • Ability to complete the photography with minimal disruption to staff, visitors, tours, and museum events
  • Cultural sensitivity of the objects and museum policy
  • Compliance with copyright, laws, or regulations established by The University, museum, state and federal government