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Students peruse the collection of the List Museum’s Student Lending Art Program.

January 4, 2024
Two patrons look at the work displayed at the List Museum
Alexa-Rae Simao

This fall, 475 students won the right to adopt an original work of art for the year through the List Museum’s Student Lending Art Program lottery. Three-time borrower Seoyeon (Chloe) Choi ’23 chose the same Ralph Gibson print she’d had as a first-year. Veteran barista Alex Meier ’26 picked Aaron Fink’s Coffee Cup. And the morning PhD student Carmelo Ignaccolo’s wife went into labor, she urged him to keep his selection time slot. En route to Mount Auburn Hospital, he zipped into the List and chose her favorite: Marc Chagall’s Woman Juggler. Their daughter was born early the next day. “We like to think that our baby started making us juggle multiple things since the very beginning,” he says. 

Carmelo Ignaccolo and his wife and infant hold up a framed work of art
Carmelo Ignaccolo, a doctoral candidate in city planning, and his wife, Elena Militello, pick up Marc Chagall’s Woman Juggler at the List Museum with their newborn daughter. Carmelo had dashed into the museum to select it just hours before she was born.

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