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The Picker Art Gallery’s collection of over 11,000 art objects is an invaluable teaching resource for academic disciplines across campus.
Professor Liz Marlowe's ARTS481 seminar visits the Picker Art Gallery to view Coptic reliefs from the collection.

University Faculty and Student Education

Incorporating original works of art into University curriculum and research is central to the mission of the Picker Art Gallery. We invite University faculty and students to use objects from our permanent collection in their teaching and research endeavors. Dana 305, our classroom, can be arranged in several ways to seat up to 25 and has a whiteboard, a works on paper viewing rail, as well as two means of projection.

K - 12 and Community Education

We welcome all kinds of learners, from pre-kindergartners to adult life long learners. K-12 programs use works of art to stimulate critical thinking and visual literacy. Students’ observations, feelings, questions, and opinions animate small-group guided discussions that model both respect and accountability. For community and adult learning groups, the gallery is a place to be surprised, intrigued, and uplifted. Group members can follow an expert’s lecture, browse independently, or wrestle with a work’s meaning through lively discussion—all proving the breadth of our welcome.

Schedule a Visit
To best serve you and to give us time to make necessary preparations, please contact us 2–4 weeks in advance of your visit. We reserve Dana 305 on a firstcome, firstserved basis.

To arrange for a Colgate University class visit, please e-mail the following information to Jill Shaw, senior curator of collections,
  • Instructor’s name
  • Department and course number
  • Number of students
  • Preferred options for time and date of visit
  • If known, objects or types of objects requested
K-12 and community education groups should contact educator Melissa Davies,, to develop your group visit together.
Please make sure your students are aware, in advance of your visit, of the following essential gallery etiquette:
  • No chewing gum, food, or drinks (including bottled water) allowed in Dana 305
  • No pens allowed—pencils are OK for note-taking and can be provided
  • No bags of any kind allowed in the gallery classroom—backpacks/umbrellas/coats can be stored in the coat rack or 3rd floor foyer
  • A PAG staff member will accompany your class at all times while in the presence of artworks
  • Please do not touch the art—a PAG staff member will handle the objects