Body in Space, exhibition poster May 2008 exhibitions of final work, 4.343 Photography and Related Media. Visual Arts Program.

Visual Arts Program Special Collection

1989 – 2009

The VAP Special Collection contains the course materials and documentation of faculty and student work from the VAP’s twenty years of operation in the Department of Architecture. Along with course materials and work, the collection also holds video from the highly visible VAP lecture series, and publications from faculty.

Collection materials are arranged in four series:

  1. 35 Academic course binders documenting the structure and output of each course (chronological)
  2. 41 boxes documenting student work
  3. 11 boxes documenting faculty work and publications
  4. Born-digital files including lecture series videos, teaching output, event and exhibition records, and student work


The MIT Visual Arts Program was created in 1989 in the Department of Architecture by Professor Ed Levine. Its initial impetus was to provide instruction in the arts to MIT undergraduates as well as to provide courses for graduate students from the Department of Architecture. Though called ‘a program,’ the VAP was technically one of five discipline groups or “sections” in the Department of Architecture, the others being: Architectural Design (AD), Computation (Comp), History, Theory and Criticism (HTC), and Building Technology (BT). Ute Meta Bauer was appointed director of the Visual Arts Program in the summer  of 2005. Under her stewardship, the undergraduate and graduate components grew in size, student labs expanded, and the program organized a highly-visible lecture series.

Collection Processing and Access

The collection may be browsed on request by appointment. Records containing certain personal information or student records are restricted. Access granted to researchers does not imply permission to publish. See Policies page for details. As materials are processed and made publicly accessible via repositories, announcements will be made on this page.

For inquiries on the use of images, video, and other materials, contact ACT’s Project Archivist.. See Policies page for access details.