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Student Loan Art Program

By Katie Jeffreys

Features Editor

The Student Loan Art Program offers MIT students and student groups the opportunity to borrow, free of charge, an original artwork to hang in their rooms for the duration of the academic year. It is administered by the MIT List Visual Arts Center each fall.

Started in 1966, the program has expanded to include approximately 350 framed contemporary artworks. These works include prints, photographs drawings, and mixed media pieces, representing a wide range of styles. According to Jennifer Riddell of the List Visual Arts Center, approximately ten new artworks are added to the collection each year to continue to expand the breadth of the offerings. The latest year’s purchases are exhibited in the Stratton Student Center (W20), third floor, for one academic year, after which they are moved into the active collection for borrowing.

After viewing the collection, students may enter their top three choices in the lottery with the possibility of acquiring one piece. The lottery is conducted by gallery staff. As each card is drawn, the highest ranking unclaimed artwork listed will be assigned to the student. Any students enering the lottery who do not receive one of their top choices will be chosen as alternates and may then select an unclaimed work.

The List gallery, located in the Wiesner Building (E15), will be hosting the Student Loan Art Program until September 20, daily 12-6 p.m., Fridays 12-8 p.m.