The Hampshire College Art Gallery has been in operation since the College opened in 1970. The gallery functions primarily as an exhibition space concentrating on, but not limited to, the visual arts. First and foremost, the mission of the gallery is to support the teaching functions of the College.
The Hampshire College Art Gallery is a member of Museums10, collaborative of ten museums that inspire, engage, and enrich their communities through shared experiences of art, literature, history, and the natural world. Other members include the Beneski Museum of Natural History, the Emily Dickinson Museum, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Historic Deerfield, the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, the Smith College Museum of Art, the University Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Yiddish Book Center.
The gallery works closely with the Institute for Curatorial Practice, a five-week intensive summer program at Hampshire College focusing on the practice of curation: material, digital, and imaginary. The ICP also supports a Paid Internship Program, graduate fellowships for students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and year-round advising for student research and practice in curating.