Smith College Museum of Art
Smith's nationally renowned Museum of Art has a rich collection of 24,000 works from ancient times to the present. Throughout the world today remarkable art collections reside on the campuses of colleges and universities. These museums are often referred to as "teaching" museums, but, actively or passively, all museums teach; like art itself, a museum can tell both about ourselves and about the world in which we live.
With a world-famous collection spanning an impressive 4,500 years, and a tradition since its inception of making its holdings available to students and the public, the Smith College Museum of Art is also a leader in collecting and showing the art of our day.
Brown Fine Arts Center
Smith College's renowned Museum of Art, art library and art department have a distinguished home, the Brown Fine Arts Center. The center is the culmination of a two-year, $35-million building renovation and expansion. At its outset, the renovation was the largest capital project in the college's history.
Led by New York City-based Polshek Partnership Architects, the renovation stripped the former 1972 complex down to its steel girders and then rebuilt it entirely, transforming its architecture and infrastructure. The art library and department opened in September, 2002; the center's other key occupant, the Smith College Museum of Art, opened in April, 2003.
Features of the 164,000-gross-square-foot facility include a cutting-edge digital imaging center, updated ventilation and environmental controls and improved galleries and art studios. The Hillyer Art Library, regarded as among the best art libraries at American undergraduate institutions, was significantly redesigned. The new building features a greatly expanded technological infrastructure, a dramatic aesthetic overhaul and improved amenities for students, staff and visitors.