Dear Friends,

As 2018 draws to a close, I would like to personally thank you for your support, attention, and participation at the MIT List Visual Arts Center. MIT recognizes the power of the arts to spark creativity in all of us. The support of our community allows the List Center to provide educational and creative opportunities that inspire the MIT community, Greater Boston, and beyond.  

This year, the List Center presented 8 exhibitions on site; loaned 600 works of art to MIT students; visited 6 artist studios; dedicated 2 new works of public art on campus; traveled with patrons to Marfa and Pittsburg; and hosted over 60 programs, including graduate student talks, tours, and sketch sessions. We were also thrilled that the Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974–1995 traveled the Sculpture Center in New York, giving another life to this important exhibition.

Through the work on view in the galleries and ambitious programs designed to complement each exhibition, we strive to insert art into our community throughout the year. Another way we seek to engage the community is with the Student Lending Art Program. Every September over 600 MIT students experience living with art in their home for a year. The art leaves the safe confines of the museum’s walls and is carried home by students all across campus to their living spaces. We know that art illuminates ideas in new and exciting ways both for the artist and the viewer. It has been a privilege to lead a museum that fosters cooperation, caring, and creative thought. 

As I reflect on this year, I am reminded of what Oprah Winfrey said at MoMA last March: “At a moment when our culture is clashing on a daily basis, art has the power to cut through the barbed wire we have wrapped around our fences.” We promise to keep putting art first.

Thank you for all that you have made possible this year. We deeply appreciate your support and look forward to a 2019 filled with new art, ideas, and inspiration. We will continue to present creative ideas that explore the art and challenges of our time.

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Paul C. Ha