Custom Transfers as Wall Labels for Museum Exhibits & Art Galleries

Wall labels give your museum visitors a visually complete experience.

Custom museum exhibit labels. This is a closeup of a gallery wall in Miami that uses custom dry transfers for their museum labels and signageHave you been in a museum admiring the wonderful artwork, the wonderful masterpieces, the wonderful paintings only to read a description of the displayed art from a small sticker or small sign attached to the wall? Isn’t that a distraction from the visual you are supposed to be admiring? Instead of using word wall cards, custom dry transfer wall labels by Image Transfers can enhance your overall art appreciation experience so that the descriptions in your exhibition are seen, without being obtrusive.


Artwork labels and captions using dry transfers as wall labels that are rubbed directly onto the gallery wall

Image Transfers provides excellent attention to detail and has color match for when an artist requests it for an installation in the museum.” Jay Ore, the Perez Art Gallery in Miami


Using Dry Transfers as Wall Labels to Compliment Artwork in your Museum

We specialize in making museum wall labels that don’t take away from the experience the viewer has admiring art. Our custom dry transfers are the best way to describe museum artwork. With your choice of color and font, our wall descriptions and captions blend in with the experience of the gallery and the artworks’ surroundings.

A view of the deYoung gallery in San Fransisco, the Girl with the Pearl Earring art exhibit using custom dry transfers on walls for captions and painting descriptions

Using dry transfers for museum wall captions and gallery art labels

A dry transfer caption or description of an artwork can be produced in any color or font, and application is easy. To apply one of our museum exhibit labels, you just need to place the rub-on transfer slick onto the wall and rub the copy until it releases and adheres. Since the decal’s adhesive is only on the image area, there is no adhesive residue. Once applied the artwork’s description text looks as if it has been printed right on the wall.

Why have distractions when enjoying artwork?

Photo of a wall transfer at the deYoung Museum in San Francisco, Girl with a Pearl Earring exhibit. Credit goes to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; photography by Jorge Bachman; design by Juliana Pennington.The wonderful pieces of art in your exhibits should have no distractions around them. Using our custom transfers as wall labels, a museum can encourage a more positive visitor engagement and participation. Custom transfers as wall text labels help to carry across the high-class experience a refined museum wants to portray.

Dry transfers can be used on walls for museum labels on art exhibits, art gallery signage, gallery captions and corporate interior walls or architect-designed interiors.

Our wall label rubdowns are opaque,Wall labels printed in white ink. Closeup of our wall transfers at the deYoung Museum in San Francisco, Girl with a Pearl Earring exhibit. Credit goes to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; photography by J Bachman. white-backed, and non-translucent, and can be applied to any smooth surface. They look great applied to painted walls, glass cases or even plastic card holders.

Image Transfers are experts at creating eye catching dry transfers for museum walls to describe a featured exhibit. Curators use our rubdown transfers for gallery signage and museum labels in descriptions of artworks on walls and display stands.

Our rubdown dry transfers can make a subtle or powerful visual impact to any art environment.

Text and label of a dry transfer used as a custom exhibit label for artwork or photographs on gallery walls. A closeup photo of a custom dry transfer museum wall art label decal printed in white and applied on the gallery wall as a label for the artwork in custom lettering, pantone color and font.Transfers are ideal for short term installations without residue or for long term labeling on walls. Our semi-permanent transfers are easy to remove and guaranteed to be color-matched to your exact specifications in our studio.

For more information on how to enhance your museum or gallery walls with custom dry transfers, call (212) 928-7987 or visit us at https://imagetransfers.com/

Credit for the photos of our transfers at the deYoung Museum in San Francisco, Girl with a Pearl Earring exhibit goes to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; photography by Jorge Bachman; design by Juliana Pennington.

Image Transfers are custom dry rub-on transfer specialists. We make only one thing: custom rub down transfers for graphic designers, artists and model-makers. A dry transfer (or rubdown) is an image printed on a translucent sheet. The image has a coating of adhesive on its back. The image is transferred from the translucent sheet onto another surface by applying light pressure in a rubbing motion. The dry transfer can be applied to any surface that is free of dust, grease or oil. Dry transfers are referred to as DRY because they are applied dry, without the use of water or solvents. A dry transfer is not a slip-off label or a water decal, instead the transferred image appears as if it was printed directly onto the item. Our dry transfers are opaque because we back the colors with white, so our rubdowns can be applied to a surface of any color without changing the color of the rub-on transfer. We consider dry transfers a semi-permanent application. Our production artists can match all Pantone Matching System (PMS) colors including Metallic. Standard transfers are semi-gloss but we also offer matte and uncoated finishes. We deliver within as little as 24 hours. -- Specialties: Custom Rub Down Dry Transfers, Art Gallery Signage & Museum Labels, Custom Transfers for Product Prototypes, Comps & Mockups, Dry Transfers for Scale Models.

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14 comments on “Custom Transfers as Wall Labels for Museum Exhibits & Art Galleries
  1. Luann says:

    The deYoung Museum is a wonderful place to visit, and they have opened that opportunity up by installing a Beam Robot device. Patrons that can’t visit because of a disability can sign up for a tour through the robot’s eyes. Learn more here:

  2. Joyclyn Dunham says:

    We have a few questions regarding your products. Will it work on glass? If so, What is the smallest size that can effectively be used.

    • Luann says:

      Joyclyn, Yes transfers work beautifully on glass. We recently did white transfers for Prada Glass Display units in their SOHO NY location. We would suggest keeping type larger than 12 point. Also realize transfers can be scratched but past applications held up to time of exhibit. What is great about our transfers is once applied there is no adhesive residue. If you have further questions email us at art@imagetransfers.net. Hope to work with you on this project.

  3. Marta Wayne says:

    We are curious– can we use your product on painted concrete block (interior wall)? Love the look, but concerned about texture. Thank you!

    • Luann says:

      Marta, Thanks for the compliment – yes they usually look beautiful after applied. I am assuming our transfers will work on concrete block because they have been used on a variety of substrates. We would be happy to send you some samples if you want to email us at art@imagetransfers.com.

  4. Kiley says:

    What is the removal process for this item? Must it be scratched off? Painted over?

    • Luann says:

      Thanks for your inquiry. Transfers are lacquer ink with lacquer adhesive. Depending on the surface you apply to they can be painted over (on walls) or removed with painters tape. If that is not successful you could use Bestine Solvent but we would advise to “test” in an inconspicuous area first because the solvent might damage the wall. If transfers are put on a plastic, glass or metal surface you might be successful in scratching them off. We would be happy to send samples for you to test if you want to email us your info.

  5. Gail Lester says:

    Our church wants to place these words on an entry wall in a clean, sans serif modern script:

    “Living out the questions, hand in hand.”

    (Or similar)
    What would this cost, and how soon can it be fabricated? I realize you will need the dimensions of the wall. Offhand, it’s about 9-10 feet long and 8 feet high.

    • Luann says:

      Gail, Thank you for your inquiry but we are probably the wrong source for you. Yes, our transfers can be applied to walls and yes they look beautiful but they are mostly used for small fonts that can’t be done in vinyl. Your size is quite large. We recommend you “google” vinyl sign companies, give them your specs and I am sure they can help you (usually at a budget conscious cost) to get this done for you. Good luck!

  6. Gloria Chen says:

    Hi: Once the letters are applied to the wall, will you be able to feel the letters with your fingers? Will the letters feel raised just a tiny bit?

    • Luann says:

      Gloria, Our transfers are lacquer ink with lacquer adhesive. Since adhesive is only on the image area, after applied there is no adhesive residue. So they are the thickness of lacquer ink. I would assume if the walls were matte you could feel the difference in texture to the transfer but really no thickness like with vinyl lettering. You are also not limited to large point sizes, like with vinyl. We can accommodate a range of small point sizes if that is what you need.

  7. Gloria Chen says:

    Sorry, one more question, can grayscale photograph also be made as dry wall transfer?

    • Luann says:

      Gloria, We would not recommend using a grayscale image as a transfer. Since gradients would have to be represented as halftone dots it would be difficult to “transfer” that. We could do a clear plate to hold it all together but still believe it would be difficult to apply while keeping the transfer from moving in application. If you want to discuss further please feel free to call the studio M-F 9 to 5 at (212) 928-7987.

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