Student Loan Art Program


New Acquisitions

The Student Loan Art Program exhibition features well over 600 works of art, including original works, editioned prints, and photographs.  All MIT undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate in the lottery to borrow an artwork from the Student Loan Art Collection for the academic year.

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. 

We are particularly grateful to Alan May and John Taylor for endowing funds that enable the List Center to add new works to this collection annually. 

Click through below to see all of the new works added to our collection this year. 

Students Living with Art

Beyond allowing students to borrow artwork, the Student Loan Art Program engenders a set of values centered on generosity.  These values are demonstrated through the Institute’s support for the program and the generous gifts and purchases of art for the collection.  This year, visitors to the exhibition explored generosity further in Community Legacy (2017), a special project organized by Boston-based artist Elisa H. Hamilton. The interactive project invited visitors to think about their own personal legacies in relation to what defines their sense of “community.”

This piece has always made me think of the question ‘are you a dog person or a cat person?’ because it kind of has both of those elements. So that was a great way to sort of make friends, which I really like. It also just makes me smile.
— Rachel Insoft, Sloan School of Management '18
Having real art is something that a lot of people identify as an ‘adult thing,’ and being a grad student, it’s hard to feel sometimes like you are an adult, so it’s really nice to come home and have a space that is decorated and have a piece like this that’s important and impressive.
— Rachel Insoft, Sloan School of Management '18
I’ve always liked Frances’s work... I think I first saw this piece in her show at the MFA that I reviewed. It was cool to see it in a museum then later take it home! I also got to do a studio visit with her and am actually writing a book chapter on her right now, so I get to work on it at my desk while her work hangs right next to it.
— Emily Watlington, School of Architecture and Planning '18
The artist Kiki Smith is from my neighborhood in New York. She works there and is somebody who I’ve admired for quite a while but definitely could not afford her pieces. So it was wonderful when I saw it hanging in the gallery. But before I saw it hanging in the List, I saw it hanging in a friend’s house last year. So it’s got a little lineage in my personal, sort of friend-family group here at MIT which is really nice.
— Adam Horowitz, MIT Media Lab '19
I feel like it’s calming, like, to look at. Just, I don’t know, like the geometry. I like the circle and the diamond that’s made by it, I like it. I feel like it has a calming feeling on me.
— Sisam Bhandari, Undergraduate in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science '21