Picturing Tokyo

By Emily Gold Boutilier

The idea for the Mead’s current special exhibition arose, appropriately, from an undergraduate course. First taught in 2009, “Reinventing Tokyo: The Art, Literature and Politics of Japan’s Modern Capital” was conceived by three professors—Trent Maxey, Samuel Morse and Timothy Van Compernolle—as an interdisciplinary look at how Tokyo has changed over the past century and a half.  

Just Like on "Antiques Roadshow"

By Katherine Duke ’05

Oh, wow! There’s a woman. What’s she riding? She’s riding a sea monster!

Evaluation - Art at the Heart of the College

We’re so glad you could join us for Amherst Today: Art at the Heart of the College. We hope to offer many more such programs, and we would appreciate your help in making them as good as they can be. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey below. Specific comments would be very much appreciated.

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Keynote address: Library, Laboratory, Sanctuary, Stage: New Roles for the 21st Century College Art Museum: *
The Mead in Action Across the Curriculum: Notes and Anecdotes from the Study Room: *
Open Conversation with the Mead's Curatorial Team: *
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Art After Dark: *
All Things Old are New Again: Presentations by Faculty: *
Faculty members, in order of comments, were Tekla Harms, professor of geology and director of the Beneski Museum of Natural History; Kim Townsend, Class of 1959 professor of English, emeritus; Victoria Maillo, lecturer of Spanish; and Robert T. Hayashi, professor of English and American Studies.
Reinventing Tokyo: Japan's Largest City in the Artistic Imagination: *
Break out session with Lizzie Barker, director of the Mead Art Museum: *
Break out session with Pamela Russell, head of education and Andrew W. Mellon curator of academic programs: *
Break out session with Randall Griffey, head of curatorial affairs and curator of American art: *
Break out session with Bettina Jungen, Thomas P. Whitney '37 curator of Russian art: *
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"Master Thief" Convicted in '75 Mead Heist Now a Hay Thief

A self-proclaimed  “master art thief” who served a ten-year prison term for stealing paintings from the Mead Museum in 1975 was arrested in August and charged with stealing hay from a farm in Mendon. Myles J.

Mead Awarded Grant for Digitizing

Artdaily.org reported on the Mead Art Museum receiving a $148,256 Museums for America Program Grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The grant funds the digitizing of more than 10,000 objects in the museum’s collection. The Mead is one of fifteen museums in Massachusetts to receive this prestigious award, and one of 160 institutions nationally, from a pool of 481 applicants.

Gifts of Property

Amherst College accepts gifts of personal property, such as books, manuscripts, artwork, jewelry, antiques, and real estate, during your lifetime or by bequest. The College must give special consideration to such gifts before it can accept them, and we advise you to contact the Office of Gift Planning if you are contemplating donating such property.

No Shower in This Tower

Winner of Mead Art Museum Contest Installs Artwork in Stearns Steeple

Jutting up into the sky in front of the Mead Art Museum, Stearns Steeple has long been one of the most impressive and distinctive features of the Amherst campus. We’ve all seen its stone exterior and heard its bells, but would you care to guess what else is now inside of it?

(Music) History Detectives

By Emily Gold Boutilier


For a half century, the Mead Art Museum needed a good detective.