Museum Collecting 101


Through Museum Collecting 101, a non-curricular course offered during either winter or spring terms, Dartmouth students from all backgrounds and majors take part in an exciting and important aspect of the museum: acquisitions. For several weeks, a group of up to twelve students meets weekly with curatorial and education staff in two-hour sessions to learn about the museum's collections and acquisitions process. Students are introduced to a selection of artists and their work, which they discuss in depth, especially in terms of the potential for interdisciplinary curricular connections. Students choose an artist, consider several potential purchases, and vote to select one work. Past participants have sometimes had the opportunity to travel to New York or Boston to visit art dealers and examine the works in person.

UPDATE: The 2020 session is currently filled. Please look for Museum Collecting 101 again in 2021.

The 2020 session:

WHEN: On upcoming Monday evenings from 3:30-5:00pm EDT. Dates are: April 6, April 13, April 20, April 27, and May 11. (The last two sessions will run from 3:30-5:30pm EDT). 

WHERE: Remotely over Zoom.

WHAT YOU WILL EXPERIENCE: The opportunity to meet with the Hood's director and curators, and be introduced to the museum's photography collection. You'll discuss the criteria curators use to select works of art for a museum collection and review the work of several artists. Finally, you'll decide which photograph or time-based media work the Hood should purchase.

THE TYPE OF ART:The class will explore a diverse range of contemporary photography and time-based media. You will work closely with the Hood's Associate Curator of Global Contemporary Art, Jessica Hong.

TO SIGN UP: For Dartmouth students only. FREE. No previous art knowledge or experience necessary. All classes and majors welcome.

Blitz "LOOK at the Hood" and tell us your name, year, major, and briefly why you would like to participate. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Space is limited and participation at all five sessions is required. Priority will be given to students who have not previously participated in a Museum Collecting 101 program at the Hood.
The 2020 session is currently filled. Please look for Museum Collecting 101 again in 2021.

QUESTIONS? Blitz "LOOK at the Hood"


Museum Collecting 101 has been dedicated mainly to strengthening the Hood Museum of Art's contemporary photography collection. Since the program was founded in 2002, the Hood has acquired photographs from a wide range of artists, representing various subjects. Each year, Hood staff determine a specific area of contemporary photography for students to focus on, such as Latin American photography, female photographers, digitally altered works, Asian photography, and documentary photography.

Selected Artists

Artists whose work students have selected for the museum to purchase include:

Leaving a Legacy

Museum Collecting 101 is a rich and vibrant program that has allowed undergraduate students to leave a legacy that extends far beyond their four years on campus. The names of all of the students who participate in the program are included in the credit line for the work of art they selected for purchase, and the works they have chosen are frequently used for teaching and exhibitions.