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 2019 at MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, 2019.

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The Student Lending Art Program exhibition features works of art primarily prints and photographs.

A unique and popular MIT tradition, students have been borrowing artwork from the Student Lending Art Collection for their private rooms and communal spaces since 1969, and since 1977 the collection has been exhibited annually every September at the List Center. This year, we will display a limited selection of works from the collection. 

Participation Information for Students

Safely take part in a popular MIT tradition of borrowing artwork from the List Visual Arts Center, adapted to COVID protocols, by entering the socially distant lottery to borrow a work from MIT’s collection. 

To enter the lottery for your chance to take home an artwork for the 2021-2022 academic year, submit the online form remotely before noon on September 3rd. You do not need to visit the gallery to enter the lottery. 

Winners will be notified by September 4 and will be sent a link to select a day to come in person to pick-up an artwork during distribution hours.

Special Gallery Hours for SLAP

Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Sunday: 12PM-6PM

This program is FREE and open to all MIT Students. You must have a valid student ID.

About the 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 fifteen new works are added to the collection annually to expand the breadth of its offerings.

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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.