Student Lending Art Program

Student Lending Art Program Updated Return Instructions (March 28, 2020)

Please note the E15 building complex will no longer be accessible to accept early returns as the List Center’s offices and galleries will be closed until further notice as part of MIT’s response to COVID-19.

If you live in on campus housing and plan to remain on campus, you may keep the artwork in your room.

If you decide to move out, please notify Registrar, Lisa DeLong at (email hidden; JavaScript is required), and also contact your Head of House to request permission to secure the artwork locked in your room, or arrange to store the artwork in the Head of House office.

If you live off campus, and you plan to leave Boston, you must notify Registrar, Lisa DeLong at (email hidden; JavaScript is required), however it will be your responsibility to secure the artwork with a trusted family member or friend until MIT’s offices reopen.

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)
XCOVID-19In response to COVID-19, the List Visual Arts Center closed March 13, and will remain so until further notice. For more information and updates clickhere.