Museum Labels Custom-Made for The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Custom museum exhibit labels for written descriptions rubbed onto walls and placards. Museum wall labels for museum exhibits. Picture from inside The Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University.

Image Transfers engaged by The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University for Museum Labels

Custom dry transfers can be used as museum labels to describe photos and artwork. This image depicts our custom wall labels printed in white. Wall decals for art exhibits that are easy to apply and are semi-permanent.Danny Schissler, a new client, contacted us for a very special project. We quickly realized his project would be a perfect match of our services. Danny had considered using vinyl for the exhibit but became intrigued with Image Transfers dry rub-down transfers as the better solution.

Danny had visited our website and saw similar uses that other galleries had utilized, including de Young Museum in San Francisco and the traveling Louis Vuitton exhibit at the NYSE in downtown Manhattan, NYC.

Danny then contacted Luann LaRussa, our customer service coordinator and lead prep-artist and asked her to provide a few sample custom dry transfers to experiment with. He wanted to apply them to a white wall and test them for ease of transfer and application and also test them for durability.

Shortly thereafter Danny contacted Image Transfers through the website and utilized the easy-to-follow instructions. He uploaded his vector-based artwork, placed his order and paid, all online and in just a few moments time. Sry transfers used as custom museum labels in white text rubbed on to a painted wall in The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.Danny decided to rework the gallery design to include color walls with white transfers and to use black transfers on the white walls. The text consisted of 12 and 18 point type sizes in varying styles, too small to be successfully produced in vinyl but perfect for custom dry transfers. He received his completed dry transfer order in a few days via FedEx delivery service.

A benefit in using museum labels is the versatility. They can be used on almost any surface. For this exhibit, the transfers were only applied to wall surfaces but they have been used on display cases, inside and out, decorative wood and even metal. They adhere easily and flawlessly.

On-line orders are shipped using any FedEx option including overnight delivery for clients that need transfers in their hands the next morning. Image Transfers specializes in fast turn-around: often within 24-hours of placing the order if the order is in our hand prior to 12 Noon EST.

After Danny received his custom dry transfers Luann received a wonderful note:

“Hi Luann,

We just installed the labels earlier in the week and they look fantastic.

Even with the small text, the transfers were easy to install on our painted walls and really stand out. The white transfers really pop on the green walls, and the samples were very helpful in making the decision. The quality and durability seem excellent.

I’ve attached photos of just a few of the installations. Looking forward to ordering more labels with additional installations.

Thanks again for the excellent service and product! Please let me know if there is a way to provide formal feedback/reviews.


A closup of a museum label at The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Custom dry transfers can be used for labelling artwork on museum walls.Based upon this note, Luann decided to contact Danny to see if he would allow us to feature his project in our monthly blog. Danny was wonderful and provided us with additional detailed information on his use of the rub-down dry transfers, including written details on the exhibits and wonderful images of the actual use of the Image Transfers product. We look forward to working with Danny again and wish him success with his exhibit.

The photographs exhibited in the Weld Hill Research & Education Building of the Arnold Arboretum are drawn from the collections of the Arnold Arboretum Library and Archives, located on the third floor of the Hunnewell Building.Museum label dry transfers used for a photography exhibit at The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

The Visual Archives are especially rich in historical images dating from the 1880s to the present day. In addition to tracing the management and evolution of the Arboretum’s landscape and living collections, these images provide a visual record of the extensive history of plant exploration conducted by the Arboretum in Eastern Asia in the early twentieth century.

Painstakingly produced and transported around the world, these photographic collections serve as early scientific inventories of the regional floras of China, Japan, Korea, Formosa (Taiwan), and other countries.

A view of Museum label dry transfers used for a photography exhibit at The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University where our custom museum wall labels were installed.Additionally, they provide valuable ethnographic records of the customs and cultures of the inhabitants of these lands, as seen through the lenses of Arboretum explorers.

To learn more about our extensive photographic collections and the stories they tell, please visit the Arboretum’s website.


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. A top coat of clear lacquer can make them more permanent. 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 & Mock-ups, Dry Transfers for Scale Models. Decals for Glass and reversed transfer decals for inside glass cases.

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2 comments on “Museum Labels Custom-Made for The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
  1. Nadija Limberger says:


    I am trying to find labels for pieces of art which we have hung in a commercial building. Your’s seem perfect! Can you tell me if this is something you could create for me?? Greatly appreciated.

    • Luann says:

      Nadija, Our transfers can certainly be used for pieces of art in a commercial building. If you look at our BLOG you will see that we did exactly that type of project recently. Most clients create artwork themselves, drag & drop at website, choose color and FedEx getting an instant receipt. Pricing is published on our website and goes by artboard size area. Clients gang-up/repeat captions to fill the artboard because they can be cut apart before installing. Call studio if you have further questions. We hope we can work on this project with you. Luann

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