University Faculty


The Museum is closed until September 28, 2019, for the construction of a major expansion. Find out more


The Study Room provides the opportunity for close examination of artworks from the Museum's collection and continues to be available while the Museum is closed. 

To select works to view with your class, browse the online collection database, or jumpstart your search with lists of artworks in the collection organized by theme. You can also read in-depth scholarly essays about selected works in the Spotlight Series

To reserve the Study Room, contact Rochelle Caruthers, university academic programs coordinator, at at least two weeks before the desired date.


The Museum offers inquiry-based presentations led by museum educators or curators. Programs are structured to encourage discussion, visual analysis, and cross-disciplinary connections between works of art and university courses in all departments. To schedule a presentation, contact Rochelle Caruthers, university academic programs coordinator, at at least two weeks before the desired date. 

Writing 1
The Museum offers two programs for Writing 1 students. The first is an introduction to visual analysis, and the second is designed to help students prepare for their research paper assignment. 

Creative Writing
The Museum offers a visual analysis program specially designed for students of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Art as a Platform for Conversation
The Museum invites faculty, staff, and students to use artworks from the collection to serve as a catalysts for conversations on such complex issues as race, discrimination, and civil rights in the United States. Museum educators are available to work with faculty on crafting discussions, and, with advance notice, these works can be displayed in the Museum’s Study Room. View a sampling of works here.

Art of Observation
Collaborations between medical schools and art museums have proved successful in increasing students’ ability to look deeper by using interaction with works of art to develop visual analysis skills. This one-hour program reinforces the importance of the art of observation within the practice of medicine and is open to interested medical school educators and their students. Students will examine a selection of artworks, form interpretations using visual evidence, hone their observational and descriptive abilities, and improve their verbal and non-verbal communication skills.


Faculty members have the opportunity to work with Museum staff to organize a thematic exhibition of works from the collection in the Teaching Gallery to coordinate with a Washington University course. For more information, contact Allison Taylor at or 314.935.7918.