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.
The furniture of Mark Del Guidice functions on many levels, some physical and utilitarian, some intellectual and full of personal meaning. In this case, Virtue is Bold has specific references to the Smith College Museum of Art. The seating area rests on laminated, stacked legs of mahogany, meant to resemble the brickwork on the exterior of the Museum. Along the long sides of the bench, in Morse code, Del Guidice thanks the donor who made the commission possible and offers in inscription a Shakespearian quotation: “Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.”