The 2023 Harvard Staff Art Show celebrates the creative work of the Harvard University staff through an online exhibition, in-person shows, and artist events across the University. The online show will open in early February 2023, with in-person shows, and artist events following in Spring 2023.

The Harvard Staff Art Show is organized by a team of University-wide staff volunteers.

Mission Statement

In the spirit of inclusion and belonging at Harvard, we want to establish a space where staff can share their creative endeavors with each other and with the University-wide community. We want to provide the opportunity to show our “whole selves” - the artistic, creative sides that may not otherwise be a part of our work at Harvard. In doing so, we also strive to impart a sense of beauty, inspiration, and hope for a better tomorrow on our colleagues, family, and friends. 


In 2020, the Smith Campus Center Staff Art Show showcased over 60 artworks by 32 staff artists. 

When COVID hit, we moved online. Without the need for a physical space, the 2021 Staff Art Show was opened to the whole University, and over 160 artists presented their work in our Virtual Gallery, which launched in February 2021 with an online event attended by over 400 people.

In 2022, like everyone else, we went hybrid. We held a virtual gallery and online launch event, as well as four in-person shows around campus: Memorial Church, Smith Campus Center, the Ed Portal, and Countway Library.

For 2023, we are continuing the Virtual Gallery and the local in-person shows. With the support of the President’s Administrative Innovation Fund, we are also hosting three staff artist events and developing travelling gallery resources to allow more locations to mount shows.


The Harvard Staff Art Show is sponsored by the President's Administrative Innovation Fund (PAIF) and Harvard Common Spaces

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