Arts on the MIT campus are rooted in experimentation, risk taking, and imaginative problem solving. Among the eminent artists who teach at MIT are Pulitzer Prize–winning composer John Harbison, world music composer Evan Ziporyn, theater director Jay Scheib, and MacArthur Fellowship recipients Junot Díaz and John A. Ochsendorf.
MIT's program in architecture was the first to be established in the United States. Notable alumni include skyscraper pioneer Cass Gilbert '80, Louis Skidmore '23, I. M. Pei '40, and Charles Correa '55.
The MIT Museum draws over 150,000 visitors each year to programs and exhibitions exploring the foundations and frontiers of science and technology.
The List Visual Arts Center maintains a permanent collection of over 3,000 pieces of contemporary art sited throughout the Institute, including an acclaimed public sculpture collection.
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.