Works of art are acquired by the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum through gifts and bequests from alumnae and other collectors and by purchases from dedicated endowed funds. Long-term loans of works of art that complement the collection and the curriculum are also accepted by the Museum, normally for a minimum of at least three years. For information on how to make gifts, bequests, or loans to the Museum, contact Curator Wendy Watson at 413.538.2245.
In 2010, the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum succeeded in acquiring several works of art that add to its collection in significant ways. Enhancing the American collection is an oil study for Steel by Thomas Hart Benton. Painted as a preparation for his great mural cycle, America Today that was commissioned by the New School for Social Research in 1930, the work is a depiction of American industry that established Benton as the nation's leading muralist.
Even newer to the collection, are the important gifts, The Penitent Magdalene, a painting by Flemish artist Abraham Janssens (ca. 1575-1632), the leading exponent of the classical Baroque style in Flanders during the early 17th century and Field Flowers and Berries by American realist painter, Fairfield Porter (American, 1907-1975).