FAQs

Inquiring minds would like to know…

The Morris Museum cannot recommend appraisers or conservators. Morris Museum staff does not appraise or conserve art, but we can suggest the following resources:

Appraisers:

American Society of Appraisers: www.appraisers.org
International Society of Appraisers: www.isa-appraisers.org
ArtCare is an online resource providing a comprehensive array of Service Providers: conservators/restorers, appraisers, insurance companies, art shippers, specialized attorneys, archival framers, gilders, conservation supplies, art stores and others who serve private individuals and public institutions. http://www.artcare.com

Donations/Gifts to the Museum:

If you are interested in donating art, clothing/costume, textile, or other historical or science artifacts, please email artsubmit@morrismuseum.org. Please include a title, description, date, maker information, provenance, materials, etc., and a photo (jpeg, less than 1 MB) of each object. The Collections Committee will review your items and respond to inquiry.

Exhibition Submission Guidelines:
The Morris Museum welcomes exhibit proposals from artists, researchers, scholars, guest curators, collectors, and others.

Selection Criteria:
All concepts selected for exhibition at the Morris Museum must meet the following guidelines:

  • Closely align with the mission and goals of the Morris Museum.
  • Be educational and thought-provoking to serve the broadest possible audience and have wide appeal for diverse intergenerational audiences, including: School groups, families, adult groups, and senior groups.
  • Have an identified target audience and meet the needs and expectations of the intended audience.
  • Provide and convey information in various formats to accommodate the various needs of the audience.
  • Be of a subject that is of current interest or relevance to the public, reflect current knowledge of the subject matter, and contributes to creating or continuing interest in a subject.
  • Be designed to elicit positive responses from the public.

Submission Guidelines and Procedure:

  • Proposals should be submitted at least three years prior to the suggested opening date of the exhibition.
  • The Exhibitions Committee will review complete proposals and decisions will be made within 6 months to a year of receipt. Due to the high volume of submissions, the turnaround time for responses may be up to one year and we cannot guarantee a response to all inquiries.
  • Please do not telephone the curatorial office for the status of your submission. We will contact you if there is an available opportunity.
  • Please download and complete the Exhibition Proposal Form . Completed exhibition proposals should be submitted via email to: artsubmit@morrismuseum.org

Morris Museum Photography Policy:

Visitors and Noncommercial Photography

  • Visitors to the Museum’s permanent collection galleries are welcome to take photographs or video for personal, noncommercial use, except in specific exhibits where photography is not permitted or when Museum personnel deem photography disruptive.
  • Photography is not permitted in special exhibitions and may be restricted for loaned works of art, as indicated by a “No Camera” symbol on the gallery wall.
  • Tripods, monopods, and flash lighting are prohibited at all times.
  • Photography is permitted for private, noncommercial use only. Photographs may not be published, sold, reproduced, distributed, or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner.
  • Flickr, Facebook, or other social media sites: The Morris Museum encourages you to share the images from your visit, as long as they are not available for someone to purchase or are being used to market a business in any way.
  • Photographs, film, or videotape may not be taken of individuals without their express permission or, in the case of minors, without the express written permission of parents or legal guardians.
  • The Museum reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withhold and/or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises or to reproduce photographs of objects in its collection.
  • While on Morris Museum property, visitors may be photographed by Museum photographers, and these images may be used for the purpose of promoting the Morris Museum.

Commercial Photography Policy

  • Professional photographers must arrange prior approval for all editorial and commercial photography, filming, or videotaping at the Morris Museum. Commercial photographs must clearly attribute Morris Museum as the location. Morris Museum reserves the right to determine whether the content of photography, filming, or videotaping is objectionable and prohibited.

Media Photography Policy

  • Members of the media may photograph or film within designated areas of the Morris Museum for the purpose of news coverage. All members of the media must make arrangements with the Maria Gatewood, Director of Advancement, 973.971.3705 prior to their arrival.
  • Members of the press will not be admitted without an appointment.

Bickford Theatre

  • There is no photography, sound, or video recording of any kind permitted at any of the Bickford Theatre productions or screenings.
  • Licensing or contractual agreements with Actors Equity, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, United Scenic Artists and the Dramatists Guild restrict any and all types of photography or recording of performances at the Bickford Theatre.
  • Visiting performing artists may on occasion allow photographs after a performance at their discretion.