Welcome to the Middlebury College Museum of Art. As an integral component of the College’s educational mission the Museum makes its resources available to the faculty and students of Middlebury College, as well as to staff of other educational institutions in the area, and to the general public. We encourage you to make frequent use of our collections and exhibitions in your courses and research.
The Museum Collection
The Museum’s permanent collection of several thousand objects ranges from ancient through contemporary art, and includes collections of Asian art, Cypriot pottery, seventeenth- to twenty first-century European and American sculpture and painting, photography, and prints. The Museum displays works from the permanent collection as well as loan exhibitions throughout the year.
Using the Museum in Your Teaching
The Museum’s schedule is generally determined several years in advance, so faculty can include future exhibitions when planning courses. We are also able to co-sponsor, by pre-arrangement, lectures and other events to coincide with our exhibitions and your courses, and we welcome faculty collaboration in arranging such programs.
Many courses have already used the collection or temporary exhibitions in their course syllabi, including first-year writing seminars and courses in studio art, the history of art and architecture, English, American literature, American civilization, classics, dance, history, religion, environmental studies, theatre, women’s studies, and foreign languages. On occasion the Museum also hosts and co-sponsors events with individual Commons as well as student groups. We encourage you to visit the Museum and to let us know how we may assist you in using our outstanding resources.
Before You or Your Students Visit the Museum
Objects on view change throughout the academic year, so we advise you to check with our staff before planning a visit or assigning a paper on a particular object or exhibition.
If you will be giving assignments that require students to visit the Museum, please be sure to read and to have your students read our “Policies for Museum Visiting.” which can be found here on our website and at the reception desk of the Museum. We will gladly send them to you upon request. Further, if your students are expected to complete a course assignment using the Museum’s resources it is strongly advised that you alert us by sending a copy or description of any such assignment.
If you will be drawing heavily on the collection, please consult us before you plan your course syllabus. This will allow us to anticipate your needs and to plan with you. We also ask that you send us a copy of your syllabus as soon as it is available.
1. Scheduling class visits and student assignments: Please call the Museum’s Coordinator of Events, Membership, and Academic Outreach at ext. 2309 to schedule class visits. This will allow us to confirm that what you want to see is on view, and it will also avoid conflicts with other groups who have already made appointments to visit the Museum. We require advance notice of at least two weeks. Also, please note: It may be necessary to schedule another group or class in the museum at the same time you have requested your visit. If the group or class plans to be in an adjacent gallery to where you will be teaching we will notify you in advance.
2. Classroom use: The Simonds Study Gallery is a classroom space in the Museum that can accommodate up to twenty people. It is open during museum hours, Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and it is equipped with slide projectors, an overhead projector, an LCD projector, and a display wall for viewing works of art. Courses and meetings are scheduled in the study gallery throughout the year; it is also available for one-time class use. By pre-arrangement the room may also be used for displaying works of art not on public view. Use of the room must be scheduled in advance. To do so please contact the Museum’s Coordinator of Events, Membership, and Academic Outreach by phone at 443-2309 or via email at email@example.com.
To schedule regular or frequent use of Simonds Study Gallery please contact both your department coordinator and the Museum’s Coordinator of Events, Membership, and Academic Outreach either by phone at 443-2309 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks in advance of the Banner deadline for each semester.
3. Selecting works for class visits and student assignments: The Chief Curator is available by appointment to help you select works for class study or assignment. She can be reached either by phone at 443-2240 or via email at email@example.com. Call the Museum Registrar at 443-5482 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for access to lists of works in the permanent collection. We will try to make available the works you request, either by including them in exhibitions in our permanent collection galleries or by installing them temporarily in Simonds Study Gallery.
Temporary installation of an object in Simonds Study Gallery (either for class visits or for individual student viewing during open hours) requires three weeks notice. This advance notice is critical, as objects often have to be framed or mounted for installation. Please contact the Museum Registrar either by phone at 443-5482 or via email at email@example.com to schedule objects for viewing in the Simonds Study Gallery.
Inclusion of an object in the permanent collection galleries (where it might remain on view for the duration of a course) requires several months notice and must be discussed with the museum staff during the semester prior to its scheduled occurrence. Please contact the Registrar either by phone at 443-5482 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in this opportunity.
4. Individual student visits: All students may visit the Museum during normal operating hours to view works on exhibit. Appointments are required, however, for access to museum records, works in storage, or for consultations with staff.
5. Visits to copy or sketch: Class visits to copy or sketch works of art, like all other class visits to the Museum, should be scheduled in advance. The use of pens is allowed in the Museum’s galleries, but not in Simonds Study Gallery. Pencils and stools are available at the reception desk. Please call the Museum Receptionist at ext. 2291 to reserve them.
Use of Museum Records
Students in museum studies courses or in other disciplines—including history, American civilization, or foreign languages, for example—may want to do research on a particular work in the collection. In order to have access to Museum records, students must make an appointment with the Museum Registrar either by phone at 443-5482 or via email at email@example.com. It is important for faculty to notify the Registrar if they plan to make such an assignment. Since it is not always possible for the Registrar to provide access to records on short notice, please advise your students to plan ahead if they will require such assistance.
Borrowing Reproductions of Museum Objects
Slides, jpeg images, photographs, and transparencies of many (though not all) Museum objects are available for use in courses. The Slide Library in the Johnson Memorial Building has a separate slide catalog of objects in the Museum, and these reproductions are available for loan. (Contact the Slide Library directly at ext. 5233.) The Museum has additional slides, but cannot lend its originals. Duplicates, if not available, can be made at a cost of $3.50 each, and require a minimum of three weeks notice. If a reproduction does not exist and is needed for teaching, faculty should make a written request to have an object photographed before the beginning of the semester so that the Museum can consolidate all such requests into one photography shoot. All slides loaned to faculty must be returned as soon as possible, and no later than two weeks after the end of the course. The Slide Library also has information about ArtStor, an online database of images to which the College subscribes.
All photography arrangements with the Museum are handled by the Registrar.
Exhibitions and Events
Please check our website, the current Museum Exhibitions and Events brochure, the Arts at Middlebury College, or Middlebury This Week for current information about exhibitions and events. If you have further questions, please call the Museum Receptionist at 443-2291.