Arts on the MIT campus are rooted in experimentation, risk taking, and imaginative problem solving. Eminent artists teaching at MIT have received numerous awards, among them the Pulitzer Prize, Grammy Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, and MacArthur Fellowship received by faculty Erik Demaine, Junot Díaz, John Harbison, Joan Jonas, Keeril Makan, John A. Ochsendorf, Jay Scheib, and Evan Ziporyn.
MIT's program in architecture was the first established in the United States. Notable alumnus I. M. Pei ’40 designed four buildings for the MIT campus.
The MIT Museum draws over 108,000 visitors each year to programs and exhibitions exploring the foundations and frontiers of science and technology.
The List Visual Arts Center maintains and adds to a permanent collection of over 3,500 artworks located throughout MIT’s campus, including dozens of publicly sited sculptures and hundreds of paintings, prints, photographs, and drawings.
The Student Loan Art Program allows MIT students to borrow valuable artworks to hang in their living spaces.
The Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT celebrates innovative talents in all arts disciplines and is one of the most generous cultural honors in the United States.
The MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology, established in 2012, facilitates and creates opportunities for artists to exchange and collaborate with engineers and scientists in a culture of exploration, knowledge, and discovery.