Student Loan Art Program
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.”