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Education and Research

The Picker Art Gallery’s collection of over 11,000 art objects is an invaluable teaching resource for academic disciplines across campus.
Professor Liz Marlowe's ARTS481 seminar visits the Picker Art Gallery to view Coptic reliefs from the collection.

University Faculty

Incorporating original works of art into university curriculum and research is central to the Picker Art Gallery's mission. We encourage faculty and students to use our collection for teaching and research. Dana 305, our study room, accommodates up to 25 people and is equipped with a range of digital technology.

PreK-12 Students and Community Learners

The Picker Art Gallery's Schools and Community Outreach program strives to make works of art accessible to all, including preK-12 students, community learners, and people with dementia. Visitors' own responses to art are the starting point for rich interactions with our docents (gallery teachers,) whose innovative approaches encourage life-long art appreciation. For more information, please contact educator Melissa Davies,, 315-228-7447

Get Involved

Colgate University students can become involved with the Picker Art Gallery as gallery teachers, gallery attendants, interns, and assistants. Students may gain 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 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 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 curatorial assistant Sarah Horowitz,,  315-228-6483. 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 pre-K–12 students and community learners, please contact Picker Art Gallery at 315-228-6303.


Please store these items outside the gallery:

  • Food, drinks (also water,) and gum
  • Ink pens (pencils are provided)
  • Bags, backpacks, umbrellas, coats (use the coat rack or 3rd floor foyer)

Please help us preserve works of art by not touching them.