Is this image from Wikimedia Commons any good? Can I use it for publication? What about a photo I took myself? A scan from a museum? How do I cite an image that has a Creative Commons license, and what is Creative Commons anyway?

This workshop presents a practical framework to assess image rights and quality so you can move forward with using images in your dissertations, articles, book projects, and online projects. By assessing participants’ pre-submitted examples together (Complete the accompanying Google Form for any advance questions or submissions), we’ll cover an overview of image copyright and fair use as well as the basics of image quality so you can make sure your images are fit for publication. We’ll also look at (and provide you with) spreadsheet templates to track the images for your projects.

Please join the Italian Art Society’s Emerging Scholars Committee for the return of our annual CAA event! This year’s virtual event is on the topic of, “Publishing Images: An Intro to Image Rights and Quality.”

This event will take place virtually on Zoom the week after CAA and is free and open to all IAS members. The workshop will be led by Bridget Madden, Associate Director, Visual Resources Center (VRC), Department of Art History, University of Chicago. Bridget will discuss the most up-to-date information on image rights and obtaining images for publications.

Thursday, February 24 at 1:00pm CST (US Chicago time)

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link. Please register here: 

Bridget will share her knowledge on the topic from 1:00-1:45pm, and 1:45-2:30pm will be allotted for Q&A and audience discussion. Attendee questions and image examples are welcome both in advance and during the workshop. To submit questions and image examples in advance, please complete this brief Google Form:

Free resources for future use in tracking image rights will be provided to all attendees, along with access to collaborative “community notes” that attendees may choose to participate in.

We hope to see you there! Please email ESC Chair Rebecca Howard with any questions:

Following the guidelines for Captions, Transcripts, and Audio Description in the CDA’s Accessibility for Content Creators, the VRC uses the following accessibility features when hosting live virtual workshops:

  •       Including closed captioning generated by automatic speech recognition during the live event
  •       Correcting the auto-generated transcript before making the video recording available (Recording may be requested after the event by emailing the ESC:
  •       Providing access to the slide deck before or after the event
  •       Creating and maintaining a collaborative “community notes” doc for reference during and after the event
  •       Audibly describing images and processes when appropriate

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