Events



Past Events

An archive of events held in the past

May
15

Senior Thesis Gallery Talks

Join us at the museum to hear from some of the artists represented in the Senior Thesis Exhibition about their artistic process. Light refreshments will…

Apr
12

Senior Thesis 2024 Opening Reception

Please join the Museum of Art and the department of Art and Visual culture in celebrating the opening of the 2024 Senior Thesis Exhibition, highlighting…

Mar
15

Pysanky Egg Decorating Workshops

* * UPDATE: Monday, March 11 – Both sessions are now sold out. Thank you all for your interest! * * Friday, March 15th at…

Mar
13

Museum Lecture: Professor Trian Nguyen

Please join us for a lecture from Art and Visual Culture and Asian Studies Professor Trian Nguyen. Nguyen will lecture on his research of Yao…

Mar
4

Bates Community Read: Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty

In anticipation of the the Literary Arts Live talk by Morgan Talty on April 4, a group discussion of his book Night of the Living…

Feb
28

Presence is Power: An Evening of Indigenous Short Films

Immerse yourself in a wide variety of Indigenous short films alongside Bates Museum of Art’s current exhibition Exploding Native Inevitable (on view through March 4).…

Feb
13

Museum Art Café

Looking for a chance to destress or make a last minute valentine? Come down to the Museum for our next Museum Art Café! Make fun art…

Feb
7

Info Session: Assistant Education Curator Job Opening

Are you a graduating senior interested in a career in museum education or a related field? Come learn about the Assistant Education Curator of Academic and…

Feb
2

Artist Lecture: Sky Hopinka

Please join us on February 2 when video and sound artist, photographer, and writer Sky Hopinka will discuss his work in a lecture presented by…

Jan
26

Artist Lecture: Dance and Transdisciplinary artist Rosy Simas

Department of Theater and Dance Event Page Rosy Simas (Seneca, Heron Clan) will share and overview of her transdisciplinary practice, and discuss her current installation…

Jan
24

Museum Art Café

Looking for a space to relax and get in from the cold? Come down to the Museum for the first Museum Art Café of the…

Jan
11

Exploding Native Inevitable Performances and Video Screenings

Please join us for welcoming remarks by curators Brad Kahlhamer and Dan Mills, and performances and screenings of several video shorts by artists in the Exploding Native…

Jan
11

Reception: Exploding Native Inevitable and Brad Kahlhamer: Nomadic Studio Maine Camp

Please join us for the reception of the Exploding Native Inevitable exhibition, and Brad Kahlhamer: Nomadic Studio Maine Camp. Some of the artists will speak about their work…

Dec
6
2023

Museum Art Café

In collaboration with the Ronj and the Bates Arts Society, the Museum of Art is proud to introduce the Museum Art Café! Come on down to…

Nov
16
2023

Collage at The Museum

Join the Multifaith Chaplaincy and the Museum of Art for a relaxing collaging event. We have newspapers, magazines, art catalogues, and more for you to…

Nov
15
2023

Lunchtime Intern Gallery Talks

Join our current museum interns for a series of short conversations about art in the Museum. Through their work in collections management, exhibition organization, and…

Nov
8
2023

Artist Lecture: Interdisciplinary Artist Elisa Harkins

Please join us for a lecture from artist and composer Elisa Harkins. Harkins makes innovative, interdisciplinary, and multimedia work in performance, electronic music, and sculpture.…

Oct
28
2023

Cancelled: Lunch with the Artists – Student Event

Come grab a slice of Otto’s Pizza and talk with some of the professional painters, sculptors and installation artists whose work will be on display…

Oct
25
2023

Museum Internship Information Session

Interested in getting meaningful work experience in a museum environment? Come and learn about internship opportunities at the Bates Museum of Art! We offer internships…

Oct
6
2023

Artist Lecture: Randy Williams – “Everything is Connected: The Art of Resisting Definition”

Please join us for a lecture with Randy Williams, visual artist and Professor Emeritus of Studio Art and Art Education at Manhattanville College in Harrison,…

Sep
28
2023

Coffee Night in the Museum with Espresso Dave

Espresso Dave is back at the museum on 9/28 from 4-6pm! Come enjoy FREE custom coffee beverages, including special seasonal drinks to welcome in the Fall…

Sep
8
2023

Fall Reception

Following lecture by curator Ashleigh Coren, ’07, please join us in the museum galleries for a welcoming reception for the Bates community!

Sep
8
2023

Lecture: Curator Ashleigh Coren, ’07 – “The Risks of a Restorative Practice in Museum Education”

Please join us for a lecture with Ashleigh Coren, ’07, Head of Education for the American Women’s History Initiative, Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum. In…

Jun
19
2023

Museum Closed in Observation of Juneteenth

Image: Daniel Minter, Daughters of the Passage, 2020, print, acrylic, bronze, fabric on wood panel, 27 x 51 x 2 1/2 in., Museum purchase with…

Jun
9
2023

Exhibition Opening: Who Are They? Who Am I? Portraits of Artists and Artist Self-Portraits from the Permanent Collection

Please join us for the opening of Who Are They? Who Am I? Portraits of Artists and Artist Self-Portraits from the Permanent Collection, an exhibition…

May
11
2023

Senior Exhibition Talks

Join us at the museum for a special series of talks from the artists featured in the 2023 Senior Thesis Exhibition. Artists Jordan Walker and…

May
10
2023

Museum Art Café

Looking for fun activities this Short Term? Come on down to the Museum for the latest edition of the Museum Art Café!  Expect more coffee…

Apr
14
2023

2023 Senior Thesis Exhibition Opening Reception

Please join the Museum of Art and the Art and Visual culture department in celebrating the opening of the 2023 Senior Thesis Exhibition, showcasing the…

Apr
14
2023

Museum Sticker Contest

Calling all student artists! We want YOU to help us create a new sticker design for the museum. The winner chosen by the museum will…

Mar
31
2023

Museum Intern Grace Acton ’24 at the Mount David Summit

Grace Acton ’24, Museum collections Intern, will be presenting her talk “Into the Zooniverse: Crowdsourcing Data for the Bates Museum of Art Collection” during the…

Mar
31
2023

Pysanky Egg Decorating Workshop – Session 2

 Friday, March 31st at the Muskie Archive The Bates College Museum of Art will host two Ukrainian egg decorating workshops with Lesia Sochor on Friday, March…

Mar
15
2023

Museum Art Café

Come on down to the Museum for the March edition of the Museum Art Café! This is a great chance to destress as we push ahead…

Mar
7
2023

Intern Gallery Talks

Join our current museum interns for a series of short conversations about art in the Museum. Through their work in collections management, exhibition organization, and…

Mar
2
2023

Artist Lecture: “Photography Matters: Lessons from a Life of Camera-led Connecting and Reporting” from Photographer Donna DeCesare

Thursday, March 2nd from 6:00 – 7:00pm Lauded documentary photographer and author Donna DeCesare will discuss her work in the arts and journalism on March…

Feb
15
2023

Museum Internship Info Session

Are you interested in art, archival work, exhibitions, or the museum field? Would you like to receive both academic training and credit and hands-on museum…

Feb
14
2023

Museum Art Café: Valentine’s Edition

In collaboration with the Ronj and the Bates Arts Society, the Museum of Art is proud to announce another edition of the Museum Art Café!…

Feb
2
2023

Alumni in the Arts Lecture by Meg White

Join us for a special lecture from alumna Meg White. Meg has been running Gallery NAGA, a contemporary art gallery in Boston, for 22 years.  The gallery’s…

Jan
25
2023

Museum Art Café

In collaboration with the Ronj and the Bates Arts Society, the Museum of Art is proud to introduce the Museum Art Cafe! Come on down to…

Nov
17
2022

Gallery Talks with the Museum Interns

Join museum interns Olivia Eaton ’23, Isabelle Job ’25, Clara Kennedy ’25 and Yvonne Yu ’25 for a series of short conversations about art in the…

Nov
9
2022

“Photography, Resistance, & Compassion” by Claire Raymond, PhD

Join us for an evening with art critic and poet Claire Raymond, who will add context to the exhibition Expressions of Compassion: The Barbara Morris…

Nov
4
2022

Reception: Expressions of Compassion: Selections from the Barbara Morris Goodbody Photography Collection

Join the museum staff and friends to celebrate the generous gift by Barbara Morris Goodbody that made possible this exhibition.

Oct
28
2022

Opening reception & Gallery Talk: And So Did Pleasure Take the Hand of Sorrow and They Wandered Through the Land of Joy

Join the museum staff and several of the artists featured in And So Did Pleasure Take the Hand of Sorrow and They Wandered Through the Land…

Oct
27
2022

Museum Internship Info Session, Winter 2023

Are you interested in art, archival work, or the museum field? Want to get both academic credit and hands-on experience? You may want to become…

Oct
14
2022

A Capella Concert @The Museum

The Museum is delighted to be hosting a special free concert featuring two of our on campus a capella groups, the Deansmen and the Crosstones!…

Oct
6
2022

Espresso Dave @ The Museum

Looking for a study break or just a big fan of coffee? Come to the Museum on October 10th from 4-6 to get free coffee…

Sep
23
2022

Collage @The Museum

Join the Multifaith Chaplaincy and the Museum of Art for a new collaging event! We have newspapers, magazines, art catalogues, and more for you to…

May
10
2022

Art Affirmations with the Senior Thesis Exhibition 2022

Join the Multifaith Chaplaincy and the Bates Museum of Art for a fun and reflective art activity, in celebration of our current Senior Thesis Exhibition.…

May
4
2022

2022 Senior Thesis Artist Talks

Join us for a series of artist talks with several thesis students featured in the exhibition, featuring Katy Boehm, Nick Charde, Charlotte Collins, Claudio Jimenez,…

Apr
8
2022

Pysanky Egg Decorating Workshop 1:30-3:30PM

The Bates College Museum of Art will host two Ukrainian egg decorating workshops with Lesia Sochor on Friday, April 8. The workshops will take place…

Apr
8
2022

Pysanky Egg Decorating Workshop 10:00AM-12:00PM

The Bates College Museum of Art will host two Ukrainian egg decorating workshops with Lesia Sochor on Friday, April 8. The workshops will take place…