Middlebury College Museum of Art

Teaching & Learning

For Faculty

As part of the College’s protective measures to keep our community healthy during the pandemic, the Museum’s physical spaces will remain closed to both the general public and all Middlebury students and staff for the remainder of 2020. We are taking advantage of the continued closure to rethink substantially the ways in which we contextualize and display objects and to reinstall our permanent collection galleries in a manner that advances more meaningful juxtapositions.

When we physically reopen to the public—tentatively planned for March 2, 2021—we look forward to sharing our newly redesigned galleries with you. Until then, you can visit us right here, online, anytime 24/7. Have a look around. There’s a lot to experience.

The Museum’s collections and exhibitions are a valuable visual and intellectual resource for faculty and students, and the Museum warmly welcomes class visits as well as faculty suggestions and involvement.

We have something to offer all faculty, regardless of the field of research, and faculty members are encouraged to bring their students to the Museum for classes, either in the galleries or in the Simonds Study Classroom, and to use exhibitions as points of departure for discussions. We are also available to host and co-sponsor events with individual Commons as well as student groups. Further, we strongly encourage the study of individual objects in the collection, and faculty are invited to contact the chief curator or the registrar for more information on accessing the Museum’s collections.

Using the Museum in Your Teaching

The Museum collection includes both Asian and western art from the fourth millennium B.C.E. to the present. Permanent installations of antiquities, Asian art, and American and European painting and sculpture from the Renaissance through the nineteenth century are on view at all times. Our collection of twentieth-century and contemporary art encompasses works in all mediums, with particular strength in prints and photographs. These works are frequently on view in temporary installations, often in conjunction with faculty demand and the College curriculum. A significant collection of public sculpture, overseen by the college’s Committee on Art in Public Places, is displayed throughout the campus.

Faculty from a broad spectrum of the Middlebury College curriculum—including courses in History of Art and Architecture, Studio Art, Classics, Religion, Philosophy, English, American Studies, Environmental Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Film and Media Culture, Theatre, Dance, Geography, College writing courses, and the nine different language disciplines—use museum objects and exhibitions in their teaching. We encourage you to visit the Museum and to let us know how we may assist you in using our outstanding resources.

Please visit our collections pages to view a selection of objects from the main focus areas of our collection. Also, please view our Faculty Guidelines for Using Museum Resources for up-to-date information on how best to integrate the Museum's collections and exhibitions into your course offerings.