Student Lending Art Program

The Student Lending Art Program is a unique and popular MIT tradition that allows MIT students borrow original works of art from the MIT List Visual Arts Center.  Explore the online web portal to peruse the works and to learn more about the history of this exciting program and collection.

Students live with and care for a work from the collection.  Participating students proudly hang artwork borrowed from the collection in their private rooms and communal spaces. 

MIT List Center Student Lending Art Collection Highlight: Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing # 869B

Wall Drawing #869B by Sol LeWitt consists solely of written instructions that the artist produced for others to execute. Although the idea of the work is meant to be preserved, the work itself is ephemeral.  This work is one of the over 650 works on view during the run of the exhibition available for MIT students to borrow. 


The List Center actively collects new works each year with leadership support provided by the Alan M. May Fund and the John Taylor Endowment.

In 2017-2018 the List Center received gifts of art from Karen & Gregory Arenson, Hope & Mel Barkan, Arlette & Gus Kayafas, and Neil Ross. Additional funds for acquisitions were provided by Karen & Gregory Arenson, Idee German- Schoenheimer, Alberta Gerschel & Peter Wasserman, Joan L. Lewis, Anne & Kurt Locher, and the Friends of Boston Art.

Support for the program is provided by Vera G. List, MIT’s Campus Activities Complex, MIT List Friends of Boston Art, Stanhope Framers, and the Council for the Arts at MIT.



Having [artwork] in my apartment made me look for beauty in my own ordinary possessions. It made me more aware of everything around me.
Jennifer Schloss, Graduate Student, Course 8 (Physics)