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Teaching and Learning Opportunities

Students observe items from the collection with Professor Liz Marlowe.

University Faculty

The Picker Art Gallery is committed to developing exhibitions that fulfill the curricular needs of diverse academic departments and programs. Faculty may arrange class visits to current exhibitions, which can include tours, discussions, and activities led by museum staff.

Faculty are encouraged to incorporate museum objects into their teaching. This may include class visits to view selections from the permanent collection relating to specific course themes or topics (ex: intersections between literature and art, neuroaesthetics, museum studies, world history and politics). Staff is also available to help arrange access to the collection for assignments involving museum objects s (ex: looking exercises, in-depth research projects, mini-exhibitions). Our study room, Dana 305, accommodates up to 25 people and is equipped with a range of digital technology for classroom instruction and activities.

Please contact Nick West, Curator of Collections, at 315-228-6490 or to explore possibilities for teaching with exhibitions and collections in your course.

PreK-12 Students and Community Learners

The Picker Art Gallery invites schools and community groups to learn from our exhibitions and collection, whether in our museum or your school. Teachers and curators can craft itineraries that complement the New York State Social Studies Framework in constructive, collaborative ways.

For more information, please contact the Picker Art Gallery 315-228-6303.

Get Involved

Colgate University Students

Students can become involved with the Picker Art Gallery as gallery teachers, gallery attendants, interns, and assistants where they can gain valuable experience in all aspects of museum work, including collections management, curatorial practice, exhibition design/installation, education, communications, and administration. For more information about these opportunities, please contact the Picker Art Gallery at 315-228-6303.

Community Learners

Our docents are making the most of learning through teaching. They enjoy highly gratifying volunteer work involving planning and facilitating school and community visits. Our docent team is open to community members. Initial, intensive training occurs in the fall semester; regular meetings continue through the year. For more information, please contact the Picker Art Gallery at 315-228-6303.

Schedule a Visit

Please contact us three or more weeks in advance of your visit.

For university faculty and students, please contact curator Nick West,, 315-228-6490. Please provide the following information:

 - Instructor's name
 - Department and course number
 - Number of students
 - Preferred options for visit time and date
 - If known, object or types of objects requested

For PreK-12 students and community learners, please contact the Picker Art Gallery at 315-228-6303.


Please store these items outside the gallery and Dana 305 study room:

 - Food, drinks (also water), and gum
 - Ink pens (pencils are provided)
 - Bags, backpacks, umbrellas, coats