Coffee Gathering: Is that a Picasso in Your Dorm Room? Art Lending Programs for Students

Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 1:30-3 PM (EST)

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Art lending programs at university museums can provide an extraordinary experience for students and expand art education beyond the museum. These unique programs have an expansive reach across campus, significantly enhancing the student experience through close looking and thought-provoking conversations.

This month join us for a special extended hour-and-a-half Coffee Gathering with our hosts, Jessica Cloer, Diane Hart, and Ariana Webber, as they discuss different models of student art lending programs at the Rose Art Museum, the Williams College Museum of Art, and the MIT List Visual Arts Center.

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Discussion leaders:

Diane M. Hart has over thirty years’ experience in Registration. She began her career at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Yale University Art Gallery before becoming the Senior Museum Registrar for Collections and Exhibitions at the Williams College Museum of Art in 1992. Early in her tenure at Williams she focused on managing an extensive year-round exhibition program and outgoing loans.  She is a member of the leadership team at WCMA working to deeply integrate the Museum collections, programs and exhibitions into student and faculty life at Williams. She has a BA in Fine Art from Virginia Tech and a MA in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has held board positions with the New England Registrars Association and Registrars Committee of the AAM as well as mentored new professionals in the Registration field.

Ariana Webber is the Registrar for Exhibitions at the MIT List Visual Arts Center and manages the Student Lending Art Program. Early in her time at the List, she also managed the permanent collection and the Campus Loan Art Program. Prior to joining the List, Ariana worked at the Yale University Art Gallery where she assisted with the permanent collection, incoming long-term loans, and temporary exhibitions. It was while working at Yale, that Ariana became familiar with the challenges of collecting and exhibiting contemporary art. Ariana has a background in archaeology, with a BA from Boston University and an MA in Bible and Archaeology from the University of Sheffield. She received an MA in Museum Studies from New York University.

Jessica Cloer is the associate registrar for the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University. For over four years (2014-2018) she was a curricular registrar at the Harvard Art Museums where she managed the Student Print Rental Program. In the fall of 2015, Jessica re-launched the program after a seven-year hiatus. During the planning process, she found it challenging to find information about how to manage a successful art lending program and discovered that other universities were actively seeking information as well. This motivated her to write A Guide to Art Lending Programs for Students in Institutions of Higher Learning for her Museum Studies Master’s Degree capstone project at Harvard and form a panel for the 2018 New England Museum Association Conference. Jessica joined the staff at the Rose Art Museums this past July and is now working with the Student Loan Collection at Brandeis University.

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