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Exhibit A+: art galleries showcase teaching as well as exhibits.

At 7,800 square feet, the Perlman Teaching Museum more than doubles Carleton's former art gallery space. The museum is dominated by two large art galleries, one of them two stories tall to allow the display of large-scale works. Nearby, a museum classroom allows greater access to Carleton's permanent art collection, linking objects in the museum to concepts and ideas that faculty are teaching in all disciplines.

"A teaching museum is a fairly new concept in higher education," says Laurel Bradley, former Director of Exhibitions and Curator of the College Art Collection and Senior Lecturer in Art and Art History, Emerita. "The teaching museum is designed for engaging in scholarly conversation around objects, both borrowed and drawn from our own collections. With the new facility, the art collection, currently a hidden resource, will be far more accessible and searchable for faculty, visiting artists, and of course students."

The teaching museum also meets high standards for artwork safety and security—essential for borrowing important works of art from museums, private collections, and individual artists.

Other museum features include:

  • Climate-controlled art collection storage.
  • Collection management software to make the College art collection readily searchable and accessible to faculty and students for their research and teaching needs.
  • Receiving, preparation, and storage areas, including a framing and matting studio.
  • Museum staff offices.