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Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Access (OA): Art and Clip Art

Resources for students and faculty that do not require a fee based subscription


What this page offers:

Links to open access webpages that contain images and collections in a variety of museums. 

Resources for clip art, photos and other art that can be used for projects of personal, educational and some offer commercial uses. 


Images from (Left to Right) The Met, Open Clip Art and See below for these and additional resources.

Museum and other collections

Art Institute of Chicago

"Unrestricted use of over 50,000 images of works in the collection believed to be in the public domain or to which the museum otherwise waives any copyright it might have."


"Open Access curated art collections from leading universities and colleges across many disciplines with detailed descriptions."

British Museum

"Open access interactive WebGL timeline of famous art objects from the British Museum of Art from prehistory to the present; it is a partnership between the British Museum and Google Cultural Institute."


"Access to millions of cultural heritage items from institutions across Europe. Discover artworks, books, music, and videos on art, newspapers, archaeology, fashion, science, sport, and much more."

Getty Search Gateway

"Allows users to search across several of the Getty repositories, including collections databases, library catalogs, collection inventories, and archival finding aids."

Google Arts and Culture

"Open access high-resolution images and videos of artworks and cultural artifacts from collections of over 2,000 museums, art galleries, and other cultural institutions worldwide. Over 10,000 famous sites and landmarks in Street View."


"Featuring over 1,700 artworks by more than 625 artists, the Collection Online presents a searchable database of selected artworks from the Guggenheim’s permanent collection of approximately 8,000 artworks"

The Met

"Open access art collections and exhibitions of over 5,000 years of art from around the world including impressionism, art deco, masks, musical instruments, animals, and architecture."

National Gallery of Art

"Over 50,000 images available to download of works of art in their permanent collection which the Gallery believes to be in the public domain."

"Nationally and internationally curated art collections and cultural objects and heritage from leading institutions and museums that include 3,000 scholarly videos and essays from paleolithic to the present."

Clipart/Photography/Artwork can use for Projects

Art Images for College Teaching

"The University of Michigan Library provides access to this collection for educational and research purposes."


"Free stock photo platform that is powered by Shopify. Our image library includes thousands of high-resolution, royalty-free images that were shot by our global community of photographers."


"The world’s quirkiest collection of high-resolution free stock images, comprised of the world’s best, most creative pictures — images you just won’t find anywhere else

Open Clip Art

"Open Clipart is an online media collection of more than 160 000 vectorial graphics, entirely in the public domain"


"All Photos on Pexels can be used for free. While the most photos are released under the Pexels license, some photos are covered by the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license."


Photos for Class

Images that can be used for educational purposes that include age appropriate images and automatic citations.


" Free images & royalty free stock with over 2.6 million+ high quality stock images, videos and music."

Public Domain Clip Art

Offers 25,000+ free to use and download clip art

Public Domain Vectors

"65,000 vector images in public domain to copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, and for commercial purposes."


"Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository making available public domain and freely licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips) to everyone, in their own language."

Images from (Left to Right) Getty Search Gateway, PIxabay and Artstor