Student Lending Art Program

Student Lending Art Program Update

In accordance with MIT’s reopening plan, the List Center will not be hosting a student lending art lottery for the 2020-2021 academic year. We encourage you to peruse our online web portal and sign-up for our newsletter to stay updated on current programing opportunities.

 If you need to return your current artwork loan early, please email Registrar, Lisa DeLong at (email hidden; JavaScript is required) to schedule an appointment.

Instructions regarding the May return period will be distributed in April.

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 fro 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.

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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