Art Talk Challenge


Don’t just look at the art, share your thoughts about it! We invite students, faculty, and staff to come to the museum and talk about the artwork for 1-3 minutes while standing near it or write your own object label (off-campus audiences, find a gallery of images of works in the exhibition here).

To submit your video, send a link to your viewable video to with “Challenge” in the subject line. The museum will share select submissions online.

When recording your video, please follow these steps:

  1. Shoot horizontal, not vertical
  2. If including yourself, light yourself well, but don’t back-light
  3. If including only the artwork, fill as much of the screen as possible
  4. Keep ambient sound to a minimum
  5. Speak clearly, and introduce yourself: “I’m [your name] and this is my Art Talk Challenge video.”
Text Label

Express yourself better with writing? We welcome you to contribute an exhibition label. To submit your label, send a word document named Challenge[] to with “Challenge” in the subject line. The museum will share select submissions online and in the exhibition. Please follow this format for your label:

Title, date
[your text < 500 words]
[your name (students please include your year) (faculty & staff, please include your title)]

Image captions, left to right:
Ghada Al Rabea (Saudi, b. 1979), Bint Al Rijal, 2016, candy wrappers on wood, 52 1/4 x 46 inches, Bates College Museum of Art purchase, 2017.6.1

Peggy Bacon (American, 1895 – 1987), Frenzied Effort (The Whitney Studio Club), 1925, Drypoint on paper, 5 3/4 x 9 inches, Bates College Museum of Art, gift of Caroline P. Ehrenfest, Class of ’39, 1989.9.11

Brad Kahlhamer (American, b. 1956), Mesa Mesa, 2019, ink and gouache on paper, 14 x 10 3/4 inches, Museum purchase with Alumni Collector’s Society Funds, 2020.4.1