2019 Student Lending Art Program Exhibition

Visitors look at artwork on walls at the List Center galleries during the 2019 Student Lending Art Program exhibition.

Installation view: Student Lending Art Program 2019 at MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, 2019.

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The MIT List Visual Arts Center presents the 2019 Student Lending Art Program Exhibition and Lottery. The exhibition features over 600 original works of art, primarily prints and photographs drawn from the List Center’s Student Lending Art Collection. This annual exhibition, on view August 27 through September 15 is free and open to the general public as well as the MIT community. MIT students can borrow artwork from the collection for free.

 View our new online web portal for the  List Center’s Student Lending Art Program.  Explore the collection by viewing a selection of works available for borrowing.  Learn more about artworks in the collection through the words and experiences of MIT students who’ve participated in the program.

 Since 1977 the Student Lending Art Program Exhibition and Lottery has provided MIT students the enviable opportunity to borrow, appreciate, and live with a museum quality work of original art for the academic year. Works from the collection are distributed through a lottery system. Remaining unclaimed works are available for students to take home on a first come, first serve basis, once the exhibition closes. 

This program is FREE for all current MIT undergrads and graduate students. 

In conjunction with the 2019 exhibition the List Center invited artist Evelyn Rydz to create A La Mesa, a participatory installation and site of social engagement for MIT students and the MIT arts community. 

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

This year the List highlights Wall Drawing #869B by Sol LeWitt. LeWitt’s wall drawings, begun in the late 60’s, consist solely of written instruction and diagrams 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.


The collection began with the Catherine N. Stratton Collection of Graphic Arts, the List Student Lending Collection, and the Ronald A. Kurtz Student Loan Collection, established in 1966, 1977, and 1985 respectively.

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.