Wikipedia:Wikipedia Loves Art/US-UK

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Update: The various museum sets have been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons at commons:Category:Wikipedia Loves Art events; you can help by placing more of these images into the appropriate Wikipedia articles. And congratulations to the announced winners!

Wikipedia Loves Art (US-UK), the name being a play off Valentine's Day, was a scavenger hunt and free content photography contest among museums and cultural institutions worldwide aimed at illustrating Wikipedia articles. The event ran for the whole month of February 2009. Although there are planned events at each location, participants were encouraged to go on their own at any time during the month.

The original "Wikipedia Loves Art" project was a collaboration of the US and UK, but since then several variations of the Wikipedia:Wikipedia Loves Art initiative have been held or are in planning in a number countries.

The project was coordinated by the Brooklyn Museum, with the participation of the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Hunter Museum of American Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Jewish Museum (New York), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Historical Society, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Taft Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum. In all, there are 15 different museums and cultural institutions participating.

The project is an evolution from the Wikipedia Takes Manhattan event in October 2008.

The photos from the events can be found at Commons:Category:Wikipedia Loves Art.

On Flickr and Facebook[edit]

Photographer Registration[edit]

Photographer Registration Now Open, Please Register

Rules, Qualification Notes, Guidelines[edit]

All posted at Wikipedia Loves Art Flickr Group. Note: there are multiple sets of guidelines posted on that page.

Goal lists[edit]


Prize from Brooklyn Museum

For the winning team in the New York area (who shot at least partially at the Brooklyn Museum to accomplish checking off their list), Associate Curator of Photography Patrick Amsellem will give a tour through Brooklyn Museum's recent photography acquisitions.

Prize from Carnegie Museum of Art

20 free admission passes for Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History; A collection of Carnegie Museum of Art catalogues; Four free passes to the April's Art in Bloom Cocktails Go Green cocktail. Must be 21 years or older to enter.;Free one-year membership to Carnegie Museums

Prize from the Film Society of Lincoln Center

A five-movie series pass to one of our film series and a one-year subscription to Film Comment magazine.

Prize from the Honolulu Academy of Arts

Robert Frank's The Americans photography book, 2 Friends of Film Friday memberships, and 4 passes to ARTafterDARK.

Prize from the Houston Museum of Natural Science

A family membership and 4 tickets to Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor, opening May 22.

Prize from The Hunter Museum of American Art

1 household membership, 4 museum passes and a $15 gift certificate to the museum store.

Prize from Indianapolis Museum of Art

The photographer with the most points (who shot at IMA) will win a fabulous prize package that includes a FREE iPod Touch, a fabulous IMA Blog t-shirt and a limited edition IMA Blog Rubik’s Cube.

Prize from The Jewish Museum

The photographer with the most points (who shot at The Jewish Museum) will receive a collection of four exhibition catalogues from the museum's current and past exhibitions: Masterworks of The Jewish Museum, The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson, The Art of William Steig, and Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater.

Prize from Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The photographer or team with the most points (who shot at LACMA) will win a collection of five LACMA exhibition catalogues as well as four VIP tickets to the museum.

Prize from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

For the winning team in the New York area (who shot at least partially at the Met), Jeff L. Rosenheim, Curator in the Department of Photographs, will give a tour through the Walker Evans and the Picture Postcard exhibition. No substitutions or exchanges of the prize can be made.

Prize from the Museum of Modern Art

Private after-hours tour for up to 10 people guided by an art historian.

Prize from the New-York Historical Society

1-Year Individual Membership to the New-York Historical Society and an exhibition catalog.

Prize from Smithsonian American Art Museum

The winner(s) will receive a boxed set of books from our "Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum" series. In addition they will receive a special American Art Museum tote with an imprinted design based on our Kogod Courtyard roof, a tie featuring our building, a boxed set of museum note cards, and a copy of our publication Temple of Invention, about our historic building.

Prize from the Taft Museum of Art

Membership for each member of the winning team!

Prize from V&A (Sponsored by Wikimedia UK)

The photographer with the most points (who shot at the V&A) will win a prize to be announced from the V&A gift shop.

Prize from Wikipedia

Pick your favorite pre-20th Century artist (or better yet, your Valentine's favorite), and, if you're a winner, we'll create or expand a Wikipedia article on one of their artworks. There are many Wikipedia articles on artworks by great artists that remain to be written.


  • Taking photos of works behind glass, in frames, inside with variable lighting is difficult even for seasoned photographers. We should encourage use of a tripod, long exposures, and low ISO as hand held photography will likely not yield very good photos.
  • Tripod use in museums can sometimes be difficult and prohibited, so coordinating with museum staff will be important.
  • Understanding licensing issues surrounding public domain art will be important, so consider familiarizing yourself with Bridgeman Art Library v. Corel Corp.
  • In order to avoid poor quality images, please consider reading and practicing v:Museum photography beforehand.
  • If you are new to Flickr and need help uploading images, see the following discussion thread for more detail.

Participating institutions[edit]

United States[edit]

Institutions in these states (including DC) will be participating in February 2009.

There are participating museums and cultural institutions in 9 US cities.

It should be noted that the Film Society of Lincoln Center photography project of movie house architecture and equipment is open to photographers participating online throughout the US.

New York City[edit]

There are 6 participating museums and cultural institutions in New York City, and they will be coordinated together. Partners include the Students for Free Culture chapters at Columbia University and NYU, and the Creative Commons local office, in addition to meta:Wikimedia New York City.

User:Pharos is the Wikimedian contact for New York City.

Brooklyn Museum[edit]
Jewish Museum[edit]
Metropolitan Museum of Art[edit]
Museum of Modern Art[edit]
New-York Historical Society[edit]
Film Society of Lincoln Center[edit]

Pittsburgh Carnegie Museum of Art[edit]

User:Piotrus is the Wikimedian contact for Pittsburgh.

Houston Museum of Natural Science[edit]

User:Austin Hair is the Wikimedian contact for Houston

Indianapolis Museum of Art[edit]

Jeff is the Free Culture contact for Indiana.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art[edit]

User:Howcheng is the Wikimedian contact for Los Angeles.

Cincinnati Taft Museum of Art[edit]

User:DaveMenninger is the Wikimedian contact for Cincinnati.

Chattanooga Hunter Museum of American Art[edit]

User:Kaldari is the Wikimedian contact for Tennessee.

Washington DC Smithsonian American Art Museum[edit]

User:Swatjester is the Wikimedian contact for Washington D.C.

Honolulu Academy of Arts[edit]

User:Editor at Large is the Wikimedian contact for Honolulu.

London V&A[edit]

User:AndrewRT is the Wikimedian contact for London.

Technical aspects[edit]

The photos will be uploaded by the participants to Flickr, and thence to Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia, but photos should not be uploaded to Wikimedia until the museums finish notating the proper ID and credit line.

And thanks to for letting us help folks who've reached their upload limits.


Please sign your name using ~~~~ after the location(s) you can help at:

New York[edit]

See also Wikipedia:Meetup/NYC
  • Pharos (talk) 22:26, 7 November 2008 (UTC)
  • See ya in Brookyn, youse guys! Bearian (talk) 18:17, 3 December 2008 (UTC)
  • dm (talk) 00:47, 17 January 2009 (UTC)

Los Angeles[edit]

  • sounds like fun. i'll join in on the Los Angeles part Minnaert (talk) 17:13, 11 November 2008 (UTC)
  • Signing on for LACMA. Best, DurovaCharge! 23:27, 11 November 2008 (UTC)
  • I would like to see the one at LA. User:Zscout370 (Return Fire) 05:45, 25 December 2008 (UTC)
  • Just received Howcheng's nice invite. Will participate. doncram (talk) 23:58, 9 January 2009 (UTC)
  • I should be able to make it. I'm a pretty mediocre photographer, but it would at least be nice to put some faces with names. Kafziel Complaint Department 00:21, 10 January 2009 (UTC)
  • --Yonghokim (talk) 20:49, 10 January 2009 (UTC)
  • Thanks for the invite, I'll be glad to participate. I just recently got a nice camera and this is a perfect opportunity for me to contribute. --AlexTheMartian | Talk 06:22, 13 January 2009 (UTC)
  • Will try to make it if I can. Mfield (talk) 20:38, 16 January 2009 (UTC)
  • Count me in coach! --Dabackgammonator (talk) 02:34, 3 February 2009 (UTC)




On Sunday February 1st at the V&A[edit]

  1. AndrewRT (Talk) 22:51, 21 December 2008 (UTC)
  2. Rob Myers (talk) 23:14, 22 December 2008 (UTC) (rob at robmyers dot org)
  3. Timcowlishaw (talk) 14:08, 23 December 2008 (UTC) (tim at timcowlishaw dot co dot uk)
  4. ϢereSpielChequers 14:24, 31 December 2008 (UTC)
  5. ewebber (talk) 23:07, 6 January 2009 (UTC)
  6. sannse (talk) 21:51, 7 January 2009 (UTC) (a very inactive user, but this looks fun, and it's about time I wikied somewhere other than Wikia ;)
  7. Theresa Knott 14:07, 11 January 2009 (UTC)
  8. James F. (talk) 14:07, 11 January 2009 (UTC)
  9. Austin Hair 03:23, 24 January 2009 (UTC)
  10. Dakoman (talk) 09:37, 31 January 2009 (UTC)
  11. Rror (talk) 21:35, 31 January 2009 (UTC)

V&A are holding a brief launch event at 1pm at the main entrance to welcome everyone - but you can also turn up and start taking photos whenever you like! --Rob Myers (talk) 16:59, 31 January 2009 (UTC)

During February 2009 at the V&A[edit]

See also Wikipedia:Meetup/London 18
  1. AndrewRT (Talk) 22:51, 21 December 2008 (UTC)
  2. Clairehelen (talk) 00:21, 23 December 2008 (UTC)
  3. Timcowlishaw (talk) 14:08, 23 December 2008 (UTC) (tim at timcowlishaw dot co dot uk)
  4. Tomchance (talk) 13:19, 23 December 2008 (UTC) (tom at acrewoods dot net)
  5. Ironholds (talk) 22:18, 23 December 2008 (UTC) May be. Hold it the same weekened as the Wikipedia meetup and I'll come; might bring my girlfriend for some more female representation.
    1. It's due to run for the whole month of February; V&A are organising a launch on Sunday 1st but there's no reason why we couldn't do a second event on Sunday 8th - the date of the wikimeet either as well as or instead of the wikimeet. AndrewRT(Talk) 20:45, 26 December 2008 (UTC)
  6. OwenBlacker (Talk) — probably with my wife; owen at blacker dot me dot uk
  7. Gordo (talk) 17:55, 31 December 2008 (UTC)

Online before February[edit]

  1. AndrewRT (Talk) 22:51, 21 December 2008 (UTC)
  2. Gordo (talk) 17:56, 31 December 2008 (UTC)

Online during and after February[edit]

  1. AndrewRT (Talk) 22:51, 21 December 2008 (UTC)
  2. Mike Peel (talk) 20:50, 30 December 2008 (UTC)
  3. Colds7ream (talk) 14:42, 31 December 2008 (UTC) - I may also be able to help at the V&A, but am unsure as yet.
  4. Gordo (talk) 17:56, 31 December 2008 (UTC)


  1. Austin Hair 03:23, 24 January 2009 (UTC)




  1. Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk 19:37, 30 January 2009 (UTC)


See also the 6th D.C. area Wikipedia Meetup

  1. I'll be there. The museum is absolutely stunning, it's worth going to just to marvel in it all, beyond just for taking pictures. SWATJester Son of the Defender 23:05, 30 January 2009 (UTC)


  • I'd love to help, but I'm stuck in the SF Bay Area. If we can get a museum up here then I'm game! ;-) --Falcorian (talk) 19:20, 29 December 2008 (UTC)
  • But who really cares which museum you take the pictures from, so long as they're pictures of art? ~user:orngjce223 how am I typing? 18:26, 4 February 2009 (UTC)

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