for the media

rights, reproductions, research

The Rothko Chapel welcomes opportunities to be included in journals, magazines, newspapers, online blogs, and other print publications. We have multiple high-resolution stock images of the interior of the Rothko Chapel and the exterior with Barnett Newman’s Broken Obelisk in the foreground. These are available for one-time-only purchase and use.  

You may request additional contemporary or historic images. Please understand that the process can take longer and, depending on the request, cannot be guaranteed. 

To obtain images of the Rothko Chapel and for permission to publish images, please download, complete, and sign the Rothko Chapel Image Permission Form. Submit your request by emailing the form to

The form outlines associated terms of use and fees, which are determined on a case-by-case basis.  

Please allow two to four weeks for us to process, review, and approve your request. Once it is approved, we will send a signed copy for your files, and a digital invoice via Square for the associated fee, if one is deemed necessary. 

We require prepayment by check, wire transfer, or credit card. 

Please make checks, in U.S. dollars, payable to: Rothko Chapel

Mail completed forms and checks to:
Rothko Chapel
1409 Sul Ross  
Houston, TX 77006

You are responsible for any charges for international wire transfer and/or currency exchange. We cannot deduct these costs from the invoice.

Once we have received your payment, Rothko Chapel sends the requested images through DropBox. 

Once your publication is complete, we ask you to send a digital link (if applicable) to and a physical copy of the publication to the Rothko Chapel Archives and Library.

press images

Professional journalists may request images to accompany media coverage of the Chapel, the Broken Obelisk, or events.

As an applicant or publisher, you agree to be responsible for obtaining any necessary third-party copyright clearance, and for indentifying the Rothko Chapel against any claims of copyright infringement.

We also require the following credit line to be Included In the caption, preferably on the page with the image:
Rothko Chapel
Houston, TX
Photographer credit line 

Unless explicitly approved by the Rothko Chapel, the reproduction may not be bled off the page, guttered, or cropped. If a detail is used, it must be specifically captioned as such.

No type logo or other image may be superimposed on the reproduction. A black-and-white reproduction may not be printed on color paper stock.

To request general images of the Rothko Chapel or a specific image of an event, please send an email to Please allow 2-4 days for the response. 


The Chapel evaluates filming and photography requests on a case-by-case basis, based on the nature of the project. Any repeated or further use of the photographs and/or film requires a new application and further permission. Please, note that all professional photography and filming projects taking place on the Grounds or within the Chapel must go through the application process described below. Professional and/or commercial photography or filming projects are not allowed to take place on the Plaza, Grounds, or within the Chapel without the advance written permission of the Rothko Chapel.

To make your request, please complete, sign and send the Rothko Chapel Photo and Film Permission Form to Please allow 2–4 weeks for your request to be processed. 


The Rothko Chapel Archives currently includes more than 400,000 items documenting the Chapel’s 45-year history. Researchers may request access to these materials by completing and submitting the Rothko Chapel Archives Request Form.

Please note that accessing the archives requires an in-person visit.

Here are guidelines for accessing and using the archives:

No food or beverages are allowed in the Archives. Please use only pencils when taking notes. The Archive staff provides cotton gloves that must be worn when handling photographs and other delicate materials.

As a researcher, you must assume the responsibility for securing required permissions to copy, quote and/or publish any materials in the collection.

Our research hours are by appointment only.

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