Art Carrying Cases & Transport for Your Professional Portfolio

art carrying cases

Once you’ve matted and mounted your artwork or photographs and chosen the perfect portfolio box or presentation case, it’s time to hit the bricks with your portfolio. We offer several different styles of art carrying cases and transport cases.

I’m going to start off with the types of art carrying cases you would personally carry in to an important meeting or presentation, followed by information on Archival Methods’ top-of-the line Trans-Port Shipping Cases for when you’re either checking your artwork onto an airplane or when you’re shipping your artwork.

Art Carry Cases

When your artwork needs to travel, our Art Carry Case will provide the protection and professional presentation enhancement your portfolio deserves. Airplanes and taxi cabs are rough-and-tumble environments folks, and this case can take it all and still make you look professional when you walk in the door for that important appointment.

The case is designed for easy and comfortable carrying, something every photographer and artist needs to consider. The convenient handle and adjustable and removable shoulder strap allow for even weight distribution of the case.

art carrying cases

art carrying cases

Constructed of rigid black polypropylene with a textured exterior finish, the case also features impact-negating black metal corner caps and three nickel plated latches, with a center latch that locks for security.

The interior of all Art Carry Cases have a 1-1/2’’ egg-crate protective foam top surface, and each bottom corner side-wall is covered with 6’’ of 1-1/2’’ egg-crate foam. Four additional rigid foam blocks are provided with each case to accommodate various print and/or portfolio box sizes and formats. The egg-crate foam compresses easily and will hold boxed, matted, or bagged prints securely in place. The interior space can be modified using the rigid foam blocks included with the case, and additional blocks can be purchased separately should you need them.

These Art Carry Cases can be used to hold either matted prints or whichever Portfolio Box or Museum Case you are using. Each case has a 3.5″ to 4’’ depth capacity when the egg-crate foam on the top surface is factored in, as follows:

18.25 x 23.25 x 5″ case holds: 13 x 19 / 14 x 18 / 16 x 20 print or portfolio sizes

22.25 x 26.25 x 5″ case holds: 17 x 22 / 17 x 25 / 18 x 24 / 20 x 24 print or portfolio sizes

26.25 x 38.25 x 5″ case holds: 22 x 28 / 24 x 30 / 24 x 36 print or portfolio sizes

Tranzporter Cases

These practical and durable cases are the ideal solution to carrying large artwork or photographs, portfolios, blueprints, and even framed works. Tranzporter Cases can be used in combination with our Portfolio Boxes and Museum Cases to create a professional presentation of even your largest work.

art carrying cases

art carrying cases
The versatile Tranzporter Case is adjustable so anyone can carry their important portfolio in this elegant, sturdy and dynamic case. You can even add wheels to make moving even the largest 40 x 60″ portfolio a simple affair!

These rugged cases are soft-sided, made of 1000 denier black Cordura nylon, and are water resistant, mildew resistant, and puncture resistant. The innovative design allows you to add corrugated plastic, foam board, gator board, masonite, or even sheet metal to special pockets in the sides and base to increase the rigidity and puncture-resistance of the case. The extra-wide 5-6’’ gusset construction allows your work to be safely packed and secured with internal hook and loop straps. Two side handles, a top handle, and an adjustable and detachable shoulder strap make it easy to carry (or roll – see optional wheel set below) no matter your size, or the size of your work.

Our Tranzporter Cases are available in the following sizes:

24 x 36 x 5″

32 x 42 x 5″

36 x 48 x 5″

40 x 60 x 5″

For the larger sizes listed above, please consider the optional wheel set for our Tranzporter Case, which will make moving through airports or city sidewalks a breeze.

Tranzporter Case Wheels on Bag Tranzporter Case Wheels Detail

This handy wheel set includes a fixed set of casters for the back of the case and a pivoting set for the front, allowing you to easily “steer” your case in whichever direction you need with the top handle.

Lastly, when you’re back from your presentation, our Tranzporter Case folds flat for easy storage.

Practicality, elegance, and ease-of-use all combine in this durable art carrying case and transport option, especially for those extra large portfolios.

EZ Carrier

If you’re looking for a simple, practical, lightweight wrap-around carrier for Portfolio Boxes, Museum Cases or framed artwork that can hold variable-sized flat pieces up to 36 x 48″, then the EZ Carrier is for you! The flexible design conforms to a variety of shapes and widths, while the convenient handle and strap design allows for both hand- and shoulder carrying.

art carrying cases

art carrying cases art carrying cases

Made of strong 1000 denier black Cordura nylon with adjustable straps and two durable plastic buckles, the EZ Carrier also includes a 6 x 13″ pouch with a hook-and-loop closure so it can be used to safely carry your paperwork. When not in use the straps can be folded and stored in this same pouch.

To make life even easier, Archival Methods offers a number of Onyx Portfolio Box and Museum Case Combo Kits that come with an EZ Carrier. These combo kits will save you 15% off the purchase of separate components.

EZ-Carrier & Onyx Portfolio Combo Kits

EZ Carrier + 16.25 x 20.25 x 2″ Onyx Portfolio Box

EZ Carrier + 17.25 x 22.25 x 2″ Onyx Portfolio Box

EZ Carrier + 20.25 x 24.25 x 2″ Onyx Portfolio Box

EZ-Carrier & Museum Case Combo Kits

EZ Carrier + 16.5 x 20.5 x 2.5″ Museum Case

EZ Carrier + 17.5 x 22.5 x 2.5″ Museum Case

EZ Carrier + 20.5 x 24.5 x 2.5″ Museum Case

EZ Carrier + 22.5 x 28.5 x 2.5″ Museum Case

EZ Carrier + 24.5 x 30.5 x 2.5″ Museum Case

EZ Carrier + 28.5 x 36.5 x 2.5″ Museum Case

EZ Carrier + 30.5 x 40.5 x 2.5″ Museum Case

Trans-Port Shipping Cases

While each of the art carrying cases mentioned above provide safe transport of your important artworks and portfolios, sometimes you need that extra level of protection, impact resistance, and security. This is important when you need to ship your artwork or photographs; when you’re checking them onto a flight—where you never know what sort of abuse a baggage handler might inflict; or when you’re grabbing a taxi or taking the subway or bus.

art carrying cases

For these situations, we recommend you use a Trans-Port Shipping Case. These are the industry standard, and many hundreds—if not thousands!—of these types of cases are in transit every day, carrying their precious cargos safely to their destinations everywhere in the world.

Even if you’re not shipping your work but only going across the street to make a presentation, the Trans-Port Shipping Case is still a great solution. Not only is it incredibly durable and resilient, it is also easy to use with its simple yet strong straps and clasps. Not many things are as important to you as your artwork and photographs, and this sturdy case will protect your work from all kinds of rough handling, all the while providing you with an art carrying case that couldn’t be easier to use!

art carrying cases

These cases are constructed of impact-resistant black polyethylene plastic that will stand up to repeated use. Steel reinforces all four corners and the outer edge of the removable top. The textured rigid plastic resists scuffing and will not tear—unlike inferior fiber art carrying cases—while the interior is completely lined with ¼’’ polyester foam to further protect your work.

art carrying cases

The handle retracts against the case when it is not in use, as this feature is quite important during shipping. Speaking of shipping, a large 8 x 12’’ ABS plastic label area is designed into the case for adhesive-backed shipping labels.

art carrying cases

One-inch wide poly straps are attached to the case and securely close with high-impact plastic buckles that also allow easy opening and closing. Each case has three straps across the long side, with the center strap under the handle to preventing bowing. Cases 16’’x 20’’ and larger have a fourth strap in the center across the short side.

All Trans-Port Shipping Cases are 3’’ deep with a fully telescoping top, which allows the case to have a four-inch functional capacity, and are available in the following standard, convenient sizes to hold either Portfolio Boxes, Museum Cases, Metal Edge Boxes, or matted prints:

13.25 x 19.25 x 3″

16.25 x 20.25 x 3″

17.25 x 22.25 x 3″

20.25 x 24.25 x 3″

24.25 x 30.25 x 3″

24.25 x 36.25 x 3″

When you really need to make sure your work gets to its destination in one piece, the Trans-Port Shipping Case is the only ticket in town!

Contact Us

If you have additional questions on art carrying cases and transport options, or you would like more information on any of our museum-quality archival storage and presentation materials, please contact us here at Archival Methods. We’re always there to help with any archiving, storage, or presentation questions you may have.