The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts




Q: I'm doing some research on Andy Warhol.  Does the Foundation have a library that I can use or scholars I can consult?

A: No, the Foundation does not have research facilities. The best place to go for comprehensive information about Andy Warhol is the The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Tel: 412-237-8300. For general information about the artist and his times, try bookstores and libraries in your area.

Q: Can the public see art works by Andy Warhol that the Foundation currently owns?

A: No. The Foundation does not have a public exhibition space. Many of Warhol's works can be seen at museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad. The largest single collection of his work is on display at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

Q: I'd like to use Warhol imagery in an advertisement or in other commercial ways such as licensing merchandise. How can I do this?

A: Please send us a message.

Q: I'd like to reproduce several paintings by Andy Warhol in a book that I'm writing. Can you tell me how I can get permission to do this?

A: The Andy Warhol Foundation controls the copyright to Andy Warhol's artworks, regardless of who owns the specific works of art. If you would like to reproduce a Warhol work for a publication or other non-merchandise use, please contact the Artist’s Rights Society (ARS) at 212-420-9160 (phone); 212-420-9286 (fax); (email) or visit Please note that fees may apply.

Q: I would like to obtain a high resolution image of an Andy Warhol artwork for reproduction. How can I do this?

A: The Andy Warhol Foundation has an extensive collection of high resolution images of Andy Warhol's artworks, available for rental globally through our various agencies. Dependent on your location, please contact one of the following organizations:

For image rentals in the UK: DACS at
For image rentals in Spain or Portugal: VEGAP at 
For image rentals in the US and all other territories: The Artists Rights Society (ARS) at
These societies will also be able to facilitate the rights clearance associated with your reproduction of Andy Warhol’s artwork.

Please note that we do not have images of all of Andy Warhol’s artworks available.

Q: Can I buy Andy Warhol-related merchandise, such as T-shirts, posters, postcards, notecards, etc. from the Foundation?

A: The Foundation does not sell these products directly, but does license the reproduction of Andy Warhol's work to merchandisers for use on various products. Potential producers of Warhol-related merchandise should contact Michael Hermann, the Foundation's Licensing Director at 212-387-7555. Individuals interested in purchasing Warhol-related products might want to contact the gift shop at The Andy Warhol Museum at 412-237-8300 or, which has an extensive line of items. You can also shop at the Museum's on-line store at The Warhol Store.

Q: Does the Warhol Foundation purchase art work by Warhol or other artists?

A: No.

Q: I am interested in purchasing artworks by Andy Warhol. How can I do that?

A: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has engaged Christie's (click to view) for future sales of the artist's work from its collection. Works will be sold in a series of sales opportunities beginning with three single-artist live auctions all on Nov. 12, 2012. Additional auctions, private and online sales will continue ona periodic basis over the next few years. Visit to see works in the November live auctions and for more information about other aspects of the partnership.

Q: Why is the Foundation selling these artworks?

A: The Foundation has been selling works from the collection for the past two decades to generate funds in support of its mission of advancing the visual arts. In this, its 25th Anniversary year, the Foundation decided to increase those sales and thus its grand-making capacity because the arts community needs support now more than ever.

Q: How will the proceeds from the sales be used?

A: Proceeds from the sales will go to the endowment that funds The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts grant-making (click to view) programs and operations. Since its founding in 1987, the Foundation has made nearly $250 million in grants to hundreds of museums and non-profit arts organizations nationwide, and to individual artists and arts writers through its "sister foundation" Creative Capital The Foundation also co-founded The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and endowed it with more than 4,000 iconic artworks as well as with archival materials (none of which are part of the Foundation's collection to be sold via Christie's).

Q: Does the Foundation accept gifts of Andy Warhol's art works or memorabilia?

A: No, it does not. It is possible, however, that The Andy Warhol Museum, located in Pittsburgh, PA, would be interested in a gift. See above for contact information.

Q: I've heard that Andy Warhol was a filmmaker as well as a painter and printmaker. How can I see his films?

A: The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA, shows his films on an ongoing basis. The Circulating Film Library of The Museum of Modern Art in New York City is the distributor of the films, and may be reached at Tel: 212-708-9530, or Fax: 212-708-9531. Scholars and other individuals interested in viewing Warhol's films may contact the Film Study Center at The Museum of Modern Art at 212-708-9614 to arrange screenings.

Q: How do I arrange for the inclusion of a Warhol film or video in an upcoming exhibition or presentation?

A: The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA, owns and controls the copyrights to Andy Warhol's films and videos. Requests to include a Warhol film or video should be directed to The Andy Warhol Museum at 412-237-8300.

Q: Can you tell me how much my Andy Warhol painting is worth? What are the current selling prices of his art works?

A: The Foundation does not appraise Andy Warhol's art work. If you are interested in an appraisal, contact the appropriate appraisal department of a professional auction house or an independent appraiser. 


Q: I know the Foundation gives grants to arts organizations. Does it ever give grants to individual artists?

A: While the Foundation does not give grants directly to individuals, it does provide substantial support to Creative Capital, which in turn provides professional development and project grants to individual artists. Creative Capital also administers the Arts Writers program which makes grants to individual writers. The Foundation gives money to non-profit organizations to directly support artists through visual arts programming and regranting initiatives. A good place for individual visual artists to find out about grant opportunities is the New York Foundation for the Arts and the NYFA Source hotline, 800-232-2789, as well as The Foundation Center.

Q: Does the Foundation give grants to arts organizations outside New York City?

A: Yes. Non-profit arts organizations throughout the United States are eligible to receive grants from the Foundation. For information on how to apply, see Grant Guidelines.

Q: Does the foundation fund international projects?

A: The Foundation's grant program is primarily focused on supporting institutions within the United States. However, in rare cases, we will make grants outside the United States. For this reason, we accept letters of inquiry from arts institutions abroad. Please include a brief description of the organization and of the project for which you are seeking funding. In limited cases, the foundation will then request a full proposal.

Q: If my organization has applied to the Foundation and been turned down, do I need to wait a cycle before applying again?

A: No. There is no waiting period after an unsuccessful application.

Q: If my organization applied at the September 1st deadline and received a grant, how long must I wait before re-applying?

A: If, for example, your organization receives a one-year grant, as a result of an application in the Fall 2019 grant cycle, you would be eligible to re-apply one year later, in Fall 2020. If your organization receives a multi-year grant, as a result of an application in the Fall 2019 grant cycle, you must wait one year after the final year of the grant period before re-applying, and therefore would be eligible to reapply, Fall 2022.  Please be aware that priority is given to organizations that have not received recent funding.

Q: Can I apply for a curatorial research fellowship if the institution I work for is applying for exhibition support (for a different project) at the same time?

A: Yes.

Q: If I have received a curatorial research fellowship is my institution eligible to apply for support for the exhibition that grows out of my research?

A: Yes.

Q: Does the Foundation make grants for art education or for student shows?

A: No.

Q: When applying for multi-year program support, do you require a full two years of detailed program information?

A: Recognizing that organizations often need to be flexible and responsive to their communities and the artists they serve, the Foundation does not require that all details of future programs be locked in at the time of application. It is best to present a few examples of upcoming exhibitions or projects that together indicate a clear programmatic direction. These should be accompanied by a statement of curatorial priorities and strategies.

Q: When submitting a proposal from an organization that is not a museum, does the "exhibitions opening no sooner than six months from the grant notification date" rule apply?

A: No. This only applies to museum exhibitions. For those institutions seeking multi-year program support, projects may begin immediately upon grant notification. For instance, if applying for September 1st, programs can begin in January. For March 1st deadline, programs can begin in July. 

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