2024 Student Lending Art Program Exhibition and Lottery

Two visitors look at artwork in frames during the Student Lending Art Program at the MIT List Visual Arts Center.

Installation view: Student Lending Art Program 2022 at MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, 2022.

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Featuring over 700 original works of art, the Student Lending Art Program is a beloved MIT tradition where students can borrow artwork from the collection for free.

The exhibition features original works of art, primarily prints and photographs, drawn from the List Center’s Student Lending Collection. This annual exhibition, is free and open to the general public as well as the MIT community. 

Only enrolled undergraduate and graduate MIT students can enter the lottery for a chance to borrow artwork from the collection and must enter the lottery online before September 11.

Winners will be notified on September 14 and will be sent a link to schedule which day to come select an artwork in person. Students do not need to visit the gallery to enter the lottery, but winners will need to be present to select and take home the artwork between September 16-20. 

Key Dates for Students

Students sign up closed Wednesday, September 11, 2024
Students will be notified on Saturday, September 14, 2024
Art distribution week: Monday, September 16–Friday, September 20, 2024

Student Lending Art 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 undergraduate and graduate students. 

Student Lending Collection

The collection is comprised of the Catherine N. Stratton Collection of Graphic Arts, established in 1966, the List Student Loan Collection, established in 1977, and the Ronald A. Kurtz Student Lending Collection, established in 1985. Approximately a dozen or more new works are added to the collection annually to expand the breadth of its offerings.