Smith stands in the gallery in front of a gold-framed landscape; she gestures with her hands while looking at the work. She has brown hair, wears glasses, and her purple blouse has blue, orange-red, and light gray polka dots. The painting shows a green fi

Staff Picks: Conservator Kate Smith’s Favorite Work of Art

Conservator Kate Smith tells us why a painting by George Inness is her favorite work of art in the Harvard Art Museums.

A black and white photograph depicts Werner Kramarsky, wearing a striped shirt and a tie, holding a pair of glasses.

Remembering Drawings Collector Werner H. Kramarsky (1926–2019)

Drawings curator Joachim Homann pays tribute to the late Werner Kramarsky, a collector who generously supported contemporary artists and who donated outstanding works on paper to the museums.

By Joachim Homann

Three people sit at a table to view various prints in the Art Study Center

Getting Technical: Prints and Drawings Workshop at the Museums

During a recent Getty Foundation–funded workshop, participants from institutions around the world joined experts from the Harvard Art Museums and beyond to learn about the collaborative stewardship of collections.

By Brianne Chapelle

A group of people look toward a display case of art as Jen Thum, holding notes in her hand, talks to the visitors

In Gallery Talks, Creativity and Collaboration on Display

From “Introduction to the Dark Arts” to “Red, White, and Blue,” unconventional gallery talks showcase our fellows’ creativity.

A large group of students standing and talking beneath three arches in the Calderwood Courtyard

Long Days’ Journey into Student Late Night

The Student Late Night, an annual event held at the beginning of the academic year, is designed to acquaint (or reacquaint) students with the museums.

By Allyson Tompkins

Lee discussing some of her favorite works in Harvard Art Museums. A sculpture and a painting are on display behind her.

In the Galleries with Our Chief Curator

Chief curator Soyoung Lee shares some of her favorite objects and a few projects she’s excited about.

Two young children draw in front of Herbert Bayer's

Creating Art, Amid the Art

Visitors of all ages are welcome to sketch in the galleries. Find out the stories behind some of the works they’ve created.

By Allyson Tompkins

Odo, left, and four Ho Family Student Guides stand around a sculpture in the Harvard Art Museums.

Generous Gift Supports Student Guide Program

The Ho Family Student Guide Fund, a $1 million gift by George Ho (A.B. ’90), Henry Ho (A.B. ’95), and Rosalind “Sasa” Wang, will bolster the work of our student guides.

A black ink drawing depicting a woman with a parasol atop her shoulder, likely produced by the gillotage technique.

Drawn to Art Reproduction

A curious drawing by Edouard Manet provided graduate student Sarah Mirseyedi with a rich and rewarding avenue of research—as well as inspiration for a Materials Lab workshop.

By Sarah Mirseyedi

Woodblock print by Katsushika Hokusai of nine figures in front of Mount Fuji.

A History of Collecting on Display in Japan on Paper

Learn about the incredible generosity of the individuals who, over many years, have shaped our collection of Japanese woodblock prints, highlighted in Japan on Paper.