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The Picker Art Gallery’s collection of over 11,000 art objects is an invaluable teaching resource for academic disciplines across campus.
Students and professor looking over artifacts from the collection.

How to Bring Your Class to the Picker Art Gallery

Close study of actual art objects invigorates instruction, sharpens observation skills, sparks curiosity that leads to further investigation, and feeds lively discussion. We enthusiastically encourage you to incorporate a visit into your syllabus; our gallery educator can suggest relevant works, shape object-based assignments, lead open-ended discussions, and extend learning through curatorial insight. Dana 305, our classroom, can be arranged in several ways to seat up to 25 and has a whiteboard, and works-on-paper viewing rail, as well as two means of projection.

The Picker Art Gallery welcomes you and your students!

To best serve you and to give us time to make necessary preparations, please contact us 2-4 weeks in advance of your visit. We reserve Dana 305 on a first come, first served basis.

To arrange for a class visit, please e-mail the following information to Melissa Davies, Picker Art Gallery Educator, at
  • Instructor's name
  • Department and course number
  • Number of students
  • Preferred options for time and date of visit
  • If known, objects or types of objects requested


Please make sure your students are aware, in advance of your visit, of the following essential gallery etiquette:
  • No chewing gum, food, or drinks (including bottled water) allowed in Dana 305
  • No pens allowed—pencils are OK for note-taking and can be provided
  • No bags of any kind allowed in the gallery classroom—backpacks/umbrellas/coats can be stored in the coat rack or 3rd floor foyer
  • A PAG staff member will accompany your class at all times while in the presence of artworks
  • Please do not touch the art—a PAG staff member will handle the objects

Contact Us

Main Office: 315-228-7634
Address: Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY, 13346