2016 Student Loan Art Program FAQs

Student Lending Art Program 2016 Dates

Exhibition on view
August 30 – September 11

Galleries Hours
Hours: Noon to 8pm
(Closed Labor Day, Monday, September 5)

Lottery Notification
Monday, September 12

Get Your Art
Tuesday, September 13, Noon to 6pm
Wednesday, September 14, Noon to 6pm
Thursday, September 15, Noon to 6pm

Final distribution: Friday, September 16, Noon – 3pm.
(All unclaimed artwork is made available to students.)

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Student Loan Art Exhibition & Lottery?
Full-time MIT graduate and undergraduate students may register to borrow a framed artwork from the List Center’s Student Loan Art Collection, which consists of over 500 works on paper in various media,
to hang in their room or office space during the 2016-2017 academic year.

How do I borrow an artwork?
Come to the List Visual Arts Center in Building E15 to view an exhibition of the works available to borrow. You can submit your top FIVE selections using the computer kiosks at the gallery reception desk. The Gallery Attendants will be available to help you.

To enter the lottery you will need to supply your:
1. Kerberos username and password
2. Name, MIT ID number, and contact information
3. Selected artworks: artist, title, and artwork accession number (the accession number is a unique identifying number that is assigned to each artwork in the collection).

Can I enter more than once?
No. Only one entry per person please.

How do I know if I’ve been selected to borrow an artwork?
After the lottery runs on Monday, September 12, all participating students will receive an email notifying them if they are a recipient, alternate, or neither. Recipients will be assigned one of their five choices and emailed a loan agreement. You must print TWO COPIES of the loan agreement and bring those with you when you come to the List Center to pick up your artwork.

Do you have an alternates list?
Yes! A limited number of students who did not get one of their selections during the lottery process will be selected as “alternates”; those students will be able to come to the gallery on September 13, 14, and 15 to select from the artworks that were not awarded during the lottery process.

If I am not selected from the lottery or the alternate list, am I completely out of luck?
No, you still have a chance to borrow an artwork! All unclaimed artworks will be available to students who have not yet signed out an artwork on a first-come, first-served basis. Students who did not receive an artwork may come to the List Center from Noon-3pm on Friday, September 16 to select from the unclaimed works. Come early on September 16 for the best selection.

If I am selected to receive an artwork but don’t pick it up on time, what happens?
It will go to someone else. If you got selected to receive an artwork and do not collect it by 6pm on Thursday, September 15, that artwork will be made available to other students during the Final Distribution on Friday, September 16.

When do I pick up my artwork if I’ve won?
Artwork can be picked up in the gallery from Noon to 6pm on Tuesday, September 13, Wednesday, September 14 or Thursday, September 15, weather permitting. Remember, unclaimed artworks will be offered to other students on Friday, September 16.

Do I have to leave a deposit or sign anything if I borrow artwork?
A deposit is not required. You will sign a loan agreement stating that you will return the artwork at the end of the academic year, that you will take certain precautions in handling it, and that you are financially responsible for the artwork. And remember you will be required to show your MIT Student ID at the time you pick up your artwork.

Why is a print an original artwork?
Prints are editioned works created by an artist from a plate or negative that allows the creation of a number of “like” pieces. Prints are issued in limited editions by a print house whose staff has worked
closely with an artist so that the artist’s vision is correctly interpreted through a particular print medium, with which an artist may or may not have a lot of familiarity (even with photography, an artist may not be
involved in actually printing a work). Print editions differ from posters in that they are the artwork, not simply a picture or reproduction of another artwork such as a painting. The creation of a print edition is
a painstaking and time-consuming collaboration between an artist and a print house.

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