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Favorite Places in Oberlin: The Allen Memorial Art Museum

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Jul 17, 2015 10:11:27 AM

allen-memorial-art-museumOberlin, Ohio is a community that has much to offer people of all ages and interests. One of its main attractions happens to be part of the Oberlin College campus. It is the Allen Memorial Art Museum (  AMAM) — a place where art and learning come together. AMAM provides many opportunities for those in the community—including Oberlin college students and residents of Kendal at Oberlin—to view and to appreciate fine art.

The Allen Memorial Art Museum is one of the top U.S. collegiate art museums in the country. Departures listed AMAM first on their list of top college art museums. This is quite impressive considering schools like Harvard, Dartmouth, UCLA, and Princeton were further down on the list.

About the Allen Memorial Art Museum

The museum was founded in 1917 and is home to an extensive collection including more than 14,000 works of art, such as works from widely recognized artists including:

  •       Marc Chagall
  •       Salvador Dali
  •       Henri Matisse
  •       Joan Miro
  •       Pablo Picasso
  •       Jackson Pollock

Museum visits are free and open to the public..  The museum collections are  diverse, offering something for every art lover.

These areas include:

  •       African
  •       Ancient
  •       Art Since 1945
  •       Asian
  •       Dutch and Flemish
  •       Eva Hesse Archives
  •       Expressionism
  •       Frantisek Kupka Holdings
  •       Italian Renaissance and Baroque
  •       Modern Language

Tuesday Tea Talks

The second Tuesday of each month is set aside for Tuesday Tea Talks. These faculty and staff-led discussions highlight the works in the permanent collection or those in current exhibitions. The talks are conducted in the afternoon and light refreshments are served in the East Gallery following the presentations.

Sidebar - The Art Rental Program for Oberlin College Students

Oberlin College students have a rare opportunity to rent, and display, in their dorm rooms, works of art from the AMAM. The Allen Memorial Art Museum Art Rental program costs a nominal fee of only $5.00 per semester, per work, and students are allowed to rent up to two works of art. It’s quite understandable that this would be a wildly popular program among students.

While every work of art in the museum isn’t available through the rental program, it does consist of a robust collection of more than 400 works of art that include paintings, photographs, prints, and sculptures. Because the program is so popular, some students camp overnight in order to take home the coveted works of some artists.

Volunteer Opportunities at Allen Memorial Art Museum

Because the museum is part of Oberlin College and free to the public, it relies heavily on volunteers to help with the day-to-day operations of the museum. One such volunteer program is the student docent program that invites students to act as tour guides for the museum. Older adults are also among the museum’s many volunteers.

Oberlin, Ohio is many things to many people. For most people who call this community home, the presence of Oberlin College with the Conservatory of Music and the Allen Memorial Art Museum, makes it a cultural center for one and all to enjoy.

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