Eleven benches, crafted by local and regional furniture artists, not only furnish the galleries but also provide an important link between the Museum and New England artists. The Museum has commissioned benches by Silas Kopf, Kristina Madsen, Dale Broholm, Hank Gilpin, Judy Kensley McKie, Rick Wrigley, Polly Cassel, Rosanne Somerson, Mark Del Guidice, Wendy Stayman, and Jason Berg.
Jason Berg is president of New England Glass Design, Inc., a company he founded in Northampton in 2001, whose mission is “To change the common impression that glass is fragile.” His bench for Sit Up & Take Notice!is made of three separate cast pieces bolted together. Along the sides of the two-inch-thick seat are inscriptions marking the bench’s relationship to the Friends of the Smith College Museum of Art. The bench is intended to remain permanently in the lobby of the Museum. It was designed, however, with inscriptions on all four sides, to allow for its future placement elsewhere.