Photography/Video Guidelines

Amateur photography and video using hand-held devices is allowed in the Blanton Museum of Art unless otherwise indicated by museum staff or signs. To ensure the safety of the art, we do NOT allow:

  • Flash Photography
  • Tripods
  • Monopods
  • Selfie Sticks

Feel free to text, take photos, and tweet about your visit, but please keep your phone on vibrate as a courtesy to other visitors.  We love seeing creative photos from our visitors—when posting your photos please tag them #blantonmuseum so we’ll see them too!

At this time, the museum cannot accommodate requests for photography, videography or filming for student projects or for professional sessions (including engagement photo shoots).

The Blanton Museum of Art reserves the right to remove an individual or group that is causing a distraction that may detract from the experience of other visitors.

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’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.


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