Pigment Library

MassArt Natural Pigment Library

SFounded in 2020 by Sustainability Fellow and Studio Foundation Professor Jane D. Marsching from inks, pigments, oil paints, and watercolors collected from around the world. This library is a source of inspiration, information, and curriculum dedicated to pigments extracted, foraged, and processed sustainably. It includes pigments from indigenous artists, soil scientists, geologists, and artists created from berries, trees, plants, soil, rocks, and more. The collection was inspired by a set of historical pigments from the 1800s manufactured and distributed by Professor Marsching’s great grandfather’s company J. Marsching & Co. Soon an online compendium of pigment information, sources, and curriculum will be available here.

Visit the Pigment Library on display outside the Sustainability Studio D110 behind the DMC Atrium to see what’s in the collection.

Email sustainable@massart.edu to arrange a visit with Professor Jane D. Marsching to learn more.