The MIT List Visual Arts Center oversees the Institute’s permanent collections of contemporary and modern art, public art, and Percent-for-Art projects. Through our Campus Loan Art Program, we are able to make artwork from our permanent collection available to Administration, Faculty, and Staff offices, so that the MIT campus itself serves as our Museum.
Faculty and Staff interested in borrowing artwork must make an appointment with the List’s Registrar and Collections Coordinator to visit our offices and see what is currently available for loan. Artwork selection varies throughout the year, as the collection is in a constant state of flux due to office renovations and moves, and an ever-changing Institute population. Typically, a variety of prints, photographs, paintings, and small-scale sculptures in numerous styles are available.
To borrow artwork you must schedule an appointment with the List Center’s Registrar.
Please note: calendar appointments are available on a rotating monthly basis. Reservations go quickly so if there are no appointments available please check back.
To make an appointment visit our online scheduler.
When you visit, if you find artwork you’d like to borrow, the Registrar will reserve it for you. The List’s Preparator will subsequently contact you to arrange a time to deliver and install the artwork. There is a $75 per-object annual fee that is charged to the departmental cost object provided by the Borrower. As a Borrower, you will also be required to sign a loan agreement form.
Where Can Artwork Go?
Artwork from our permanent collection is available for administrative, faculty, and staff offices, and shared workspaces across the Institute. To protect and ensure the safety of the artwork, the List requires that loan locations be attended when open and locked when not occupied. Artwork cannot be hung near heating or air conditioning units, or in direct sunlight. If there are questions as to the suitability of the space, our Preparator can determine if site conditions are acceptable upon delivery.
To learn more about the Campus Loan Art Program, please contact:
To return an artwork or in the event of an emergency, please contact: