The Allen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM), founded in 1917, features one of the finest college or university art collections in the United States. Comprising more than 14,000 works of art from virtually every culture and spanning the history of art, the AMAM's collection is a vital cultural and educational resource for the students, faculty, and staff of Oberlin College as well as the surrounding community. All events and exhibits are free.
Allen Memorial Art Museum
The museum collection places Oberlin in the top five college and university art museums in the United States. Entering the Allen Memorial Art Museum's soaring sculpture court, you will see paintings by Cézanne, Modigliani, Picasso, and many other 20th-century masters. With more than 14,000 objects, the museum provides an overview of the history of art from a variety of cultures. Particularly strong are its holdings of European and American paintings and sculpture from the 15th century to today.
An annual and popular program for students is the Art Rental Program. Established in 1940, Art Rental allows Oberlin students and members of the community to rent two original works of art each semester. Students line up in the museum courtyard—and in some cases, camp overnight—to take home works by such artists as Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso, and Red Grooms. With more than 400 prints, paintings, photographs, and sculptures, the rental collection has something for everyone.
The museum also offers a series of public programs, and its education department provides academic resources for the college community and local schools.