Student Lending Art Program

Due to Covid-19, we have modified  the Student Lending Art Program return procedure, and added a loan renewal option.

To allow for social distancing, returns will be staggered over the summer, and students will be asked to sign up for a time slot in advance. This is designed to keep the number of people entering the building at any given time at a minimum.

All students will be assigned a specific return window this summer. You will receive an email with your designated month and calendar link to register for a time slot.

We are also offering the opportunity to renew your current art loan through May 2021. To qualify, students must have an active enrollment status for the 2020-2021 academic year. Students requesting permission to extend their loan must also remain living in Boston regardless of whether fall coursework will be conducted in person or online. If you would like to renew your current artwork loan, please email Registrar, Lisa DeLong at (email hidden; JavaScript is required) to update your loan paperwork.

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.

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)
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.