University Faculty

The Kemper Art Museum provides unique teaching and learning opportunities for the Washington University community and offers a variety of ways to experience how art reflects and shapes our understanding of the world. We invite WashU’s faculty to use the Museum as a laboratory for creative and critical thinking, as a catalyst for conversation, and as a platform for enriching learning.

WashU faculty are encouraged to integrate works of art from the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions into their teaching through programs designed to facilitate visual analysis, object-based learning, and cross-disciplinary connections.


Museum staff work with faculty to create custom tours and programs related to their teaching and research. Faculty are also welcome to schedule self-guided class visits or request one of the following programs:  

College Writing
The Museum offers two programs for students enrolled in "College Writing." 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.

To schedule a program, submit an online form or contact Rochelle Caruthers, university academic programs coordinator, at at least two weeks before the desired date.


Faculty and other interested parties may arrange for private viewings in the Museum’s Study Room of collection artworks not on display in the galleries. Available by appointment, this seminar-style room is a dedicated space to support the teaching of University courses as well as scholarly research on the collection. 

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

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


Faculty are invited to submit proposals for collection-based displays related to their courses. Once a proposal is accepted, Museum staff work with faculty to develop the installation. Open to the public as well as tied to a specific curriculum, these exhibitions are intended to serve as parallel classrooms, supplementing coursework through object-based learning and dialogue among faculty, students, and the community. Find out more>>