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.  The collection includes more than 650 framed original works of art, primarily prints and photographs by leading contemporary artists, which are made available to students each September to live with for the school year. The collection is now fully digitized. 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.  Student stories from 2020-2021 can be found on the SLAP web portal.

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 works on view during the run of the exhibition available for MIT students to borrow. 

Support

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

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

In 2018–2019 the List Center received gifts of art from Cynthia and Michael Weisfield, Olga and John Guttag, Carlos de la Torre, Audrey and James Foster, David C. Schmittlein, and Souren Ouzounian.

Additional funds for acquisitions were provided by Karen & Gregory Arenson, Rhea Cohen, Leila Kinney, Joan L. Lewis, Bethany & Robert Millard, Sara Ann & Robert Sanders, Idee German Schoenheimer, Pepi Weiss, and the Friends of Boston Art.

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)
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