May 23, 2009—American abstract artist Frank Stella, awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree by Amherst College at the 2009 Commencement, spoke with Mead visitors and curators about his life and art during a special reception held at the museum following his public lecture in a nearby auditorium. The Mead holds four works by Mr. Stella in its permanent collection, all of which were on display for visitors to enjoy.