Student Loan Art Program

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Through this popular annual loan program, administered by the List Visual Arts Center, individual students and student groups may borrow original works of art from the collection for their private rooms and communal spaces.

The collection is comprised of the Catherine N. Stratton Collection of Graphic Arts, established in 1966, the List Student Loan Collection, established in 1977, and the Ronald A. Kurtz Student Loan Collection, established in 1985. Approximately fifteen new works are added to the collection annually to expand the breadth of its offerings. The previous year’s purchases are exhibited in the Stratton Student Center (Building W20, third floor) for one academic year, after which they are moved to the active collection for borrowing.

The collection now includes more than 500 framed original works of art, primarily prints and photographs by leading artists, which are made available to students for loan each September.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 
 

This popular annual loan program is administered by the List Visual Arts Center. Under the program, individual MIT students and student groups may borrow original works of art from the collection for their private rooms and communal spaces for the academic year, by means of a unique exhibition and lottery system.

 

The collection is comprised of the Catherine N. Stratton Collection of Graphic Arts, established in 1966, the List Student Loan Collection, established in 1977, and the Ronald A Kurtz Student Loan Collection, established in 1985. Each year about 15 new pieces are added to the collections to expand the breadth of the offerings. The previous year’s purchases are exhibited in the Stratton Student Center (Building W20, third floor) for one academic year, after which they are moved to the active collection for borrowing.

 

Over approximately 500 framed original works of art-primarily prints, photographs and multiples by leading artists-are made available for loan each September after Labor Day.


During the course of a two-week exhibition in the main galleries, MIT students may view the available artworks and register their top three preferences. After the conclusion of the exhibition, impartial List Visual Arts Center staff administer the lottery and post the results online and on the gallery doors. Generally, close to 1000 entries are received-therefore entrants have about a 2 in 5 chance of receiving one of three choices.

 

Students who are selected to receive an artwork for the academic year are expected to return it to the List Visual Arts Center offices before Finals week. If a student leaves MIT before the end of the academic year, h/she is required to return the artwork to the List Visual Arts Center offices before departing. Loans are not transferable. For more information about the Student Loan Art Program, please call 617-253-4680.

 


Major support for this program has been provided by Vera G. List, MIT's Campus Activities Complex, MIT List Friends of Boston Art, the Artists Resource Trust of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and endowments generously established by John Taylor and Alan May. The Graduate Students' Reception is supported by Student Life Fees and Christine Ortiz, Dean for Graduate Students.  New acquisitions to the Student Loan Art Collection were also made possible by major funding from a special allocation from the Council for the Arts at MIT in honor of its 40th anniversary with additional gifts from Gerald Appelstein, Karen & Greg Arenson, Eran and Feigue Broshy, Rhea Cohen, Colleen Messing, L Nichols and Christina Chestnut, Jane Pappalardo, John and Cynthia Reed and Sarah Sarvis and Federico Milla.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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