Getting the Inside Scoop
on the Museum World
Wondering what goes on behind the gallery walls of America’s
great art museums? Or how some distinguished museums came into being? Or how to get
your foot in the door for a career in the museum world? Smith’s new Summer
Institute in Art Museum Studies sets out to provide answers by lifting the veil of
mystery that sometimes shrouds the world of art museums.
The Summer Institute is designed for rising juniors and seniors in undergraduate liberal arts programs
and recent bachelor of arts recipients who are not presently enrolled in graduate school. To give students
a thorough introduction to art museums, the program will explore the basic functions of these institutions—collecting,
preserving, exhibiting and interpreting the world’s greatest artistic treasures. It will include
classroom instruction, visits to museums, conversations with museum professionals, reading and hands-on
experiences. The program, supported in part by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is led by
Suzannah Fabing, who served as director and chief curator of Smith’s Museum of Art from 1992 until
her retirement in 2005.
The six-week program, which runs June 19 through July 28, 2006, is based on the Smith campus and associated
with the Smith College Museum of Art. Enrollment will be limited to 20 participants and will be highly
competitive. The application deadline is March 15.
Visit www.smith.edu/siams for more information.