Hayden and Reference Galleries

Student Loan Art Program Exhibition and Lottery

ShowingAugust 30, 2016 - September 11, 2016

Hayden and Reference Galleries

The Student Loan Art Program  exhibition features nearly 600 original works of art primarily prints and photographs. A unique and popular MIT tradition, students have been borrowing artwork from the Student Loan 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.

Gallery hours: 12-8 PM Daily
Closed Monday September 5 (Labor Day)

All MIT undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate in a lottery to borrow an artwork from the Student Loan Art Collection with a valid student ID.  Although only MIT students can borrow artwork the exhibition is free and open to the general public.

MIT students check our FAQ page for more details on how to participate in the lottery.

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 Loan Collection, established in 1985. Approximately fifteen new works are added to the collection annually to expand the breadth of its offerings.

Support for this program has been provided by Vera G. List, MIT’s Campus Activities Complex, MIT List Friends of Boston Art, Council for the Arts at MIT, and endowments generously established by John Taylor and Alan May.

MIT graduate student special events are supported by Graduate Student Life Grants and Blanche E. Staton, Interim Dean for Graduate Students.  Recent acquisitions include generous gifts by Beth and Richard Marcus, MIT Student Center Preview Program, Alan May Endowment, and MIT Friends of Boston Art. 

  • Lawrence Weiner
    As Time Goes By/ Als Tijd Verstrijkt, 1993
    screenprint, invisibile ink, and pencil on satined paper
    22 x 18.5 in.
    New Acquisition - Purchased with funds from the Alan May Endowment

  • Photo: Sarah Hill Photography

  • José León Cerrillo
    Untitled, 2008
    silkscreen on acetate
    24 in. x 20 in.
    Purchased with major funding from a special allocation from the Council for the Arts at MIT in honor of its 40th anniversary with additional gifts from Gerald Appelstein, Karen & Greg Arenson, Eran & Feigue Broshy, Rhea Cohen, Colleen Messing, L Nichols & Christina Chestnut, Jane Pappalardo, John & Cynthia Reed, Sarah Sarvis & Federico Milla.

  • Photo: MIT List Visual Arts Center

  • James Casebere
    Luxor #3, 2007
    C-print on paper
    34.25 in. x 28.25 in.
    Purchased with funds from Eliot Wolk, and the Student Center Preview Program

  • Photo: John Kennard

  • Betye Saar
    As The World Turns, 1986-1987
    color etching on paper
    32 in. x 24.5 in.
    Purchased with funds from the Student Center Preview Program

  • Berenice Abbott
    Fifth Avenue Houses, New York, 1936
    black and white photograph on paper
    20.75 in. x 16.75 in.
    Gift of Ronald A. Kurtz

  • Photo: Sarah Hill Photography

Press Coverage

  1. MIT student prepares to select contemporary art work to borrow.

    8 US Colleges Lending Their Artworks to Students | Hyperallergic | Claire Selvin

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