The exhibition

The collection now includes more than 650 framed original works of art, primarily prints and photographs by leading contemporary artists, which are made available to students for loan each September. The collection began with the Catherine N. Stratton Collection of Graphic Arts, the List Student Lending Collection, and the Ronald A. Kurtz Student Loan Collection, established in 1966, 1977, and 1985 respectively. 


How it works:

During the course of a two-week annual exhibition at the List Center, MIT students view available artworks in our galleries and select their top five preferences. After the conclusion of the exhibition, List Visual Arts Center staff administer the lottery. Students receive their result via email.


About 600 works of art are lent out every year to students. Any MIT Student is eligible and the work is distributed to students who live in dorms and off campus. It is an exciting time when we distribute the works and they find temporary homes with students all across campus.