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for the spring 2021 semester.

The Imaging Center

3D Scanning Artwork

The Imaging Center plays a key role in the teaching and production of the visual arts at Smith. We work with faculty and students to make art, to study art and to document art, both in person and virtually. We thrive on lending our expertise to help you realize ambitious projects.

We offer image collections, software training, 2D and 3D printing and scanning, virtual and augmented reality development, equipment checkout, studio and exhibition support, and specialized technical support in our computer labs. We also provide one-on-one faculty consultation and training for using images and 3D media in the classroom.


COVID-19 Update

We’ve embraced the switch to a remote semester, and we’re here to help just like always. In order to make it easier to get in touch with us, we’ve created a virtual “front door” at ic-u@smith.edu. Drop us a line and we’ll make sure it gets to the right staff member, who will then follow up with you directly. Students enrolled in art classes can contact our student workers directly at ic-students-u@smith.edu. Imaging Center staff will also be monitoring this email to respond when student workers are not available.

Image Collections

All of our digital image collections are available through ARTstor, a scholarly database of over a million images of art objects, historical material, archeological artifacts and photojournalism archives. The Smith Digital Collections include over 200,000 images from faculty requests, the Smith College Museum of Art, the Mortimer Rare Book Room, the Smith College Archives, and Five College collaborative collections. Contact Jon Cartledge to create your own Smith-connected account for access from off-campus. Additionally, we maintain collections of 35mm slides and mounted photographs which can be browsed in the Imaging Center Lounge.

Digital Image Production

The Imaging Center will produce images for faculty who are building teaching collections, providing high resolution originals for lectures and posting items to ARTstor for student access. Please contact Jon Cartledge at jcartled@smith.edu for information about building collections.

When submitting your request, be sure to:

  • Review copyright information to ensure that your projected use of the images is permitted.
  • Fill out the Digital Image Request Form.

3D Media Training

The Imaging Center provides faculty consultation and training for all aspects of 3D scanning, modeling and printing. Support is tailored to the specific needs of your project or class. Uses for the technology may include:

  • Research projects
  • Creating interactive digital models for curricular use
  • Architectural visualization and prototyping
  • Data visualization
  • Virtual environments and virtual reality

For inquiries about 3D projects, please contact Andrew Maurer at ajmaurer@smith.edu.

Digital Image Training

The Imaging Center provides one-on-one faculty training for using images in the classroom. We can cover anything from scanning best practices, to presentation software like Powerpoint or Google Slides, to image database use. In addition, we can also provide classroom instruction, tailoring the above topics to your particular classroom assignment.

For more information, please contact Jon Cartledge at jcartled@smith.edu.

Available Equipment

The Imaging Center Equipment Loan service is for Smith College faculty, staff and students enrolled in art or museum courses. Equipment available for loan includes:

  • iPad with Structure Sensor 3D scanner
  • Mac and PC laptops
  • Multimedia projectors and monitors
  • Digital media players and DVD players
  • Speakers and headphones
  • Digital and analog cameras, lenses, tripods, lights and accessories

Loan Policy

Checkout and Check-In

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, noon–1 p.m. at the Imaging Center front desk.

To reserve equipment, please contact Betsy Coulter at bcoulter@smith.edu or ext. 3104.

Find Images

  • Artstor
    Access high quality art images from the world's top museums, artists, libraries, etc. To access Artstor from off-campus, contact ic-u@smith.edu to get a remote account.
  • Artsy
    A great resource for images of contemporary artwork. Includes galleries, art fairs and auctions in addition to museum collections for substantial coverage beyond traditional collections.

Forms


Imaging Center Staff

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Nicholas C. Baker

Director of the Imaging Center
Hillyer 318 |413-585-3106

Nick leads the Imaging Center and manages the art department galleries. In addition to program management and policy planning, he works with faculty to develop strategic vision for the technological-pedagogical needs of the art curriculum.

 

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Dan Bridgman

Visual Communication Specialist
Hillyer 327 |413-585-3398

Dan is an educational technologist who supports the visual arts at Smith. He oversees database and fine art print services as well as computer lab configurations and maintenance. He can assist when lab print quotas or network services behave in unexpected ways.

 

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Jonathan Cartledge

Digital Asset Specialist
Hillyer 317 |413-585-4568

Jon manages the digitization program for the campus-wide digital library at Smith. He provides image instruction and best practices for faculty and students, including ARTstor, Photoshop and other image platforms.

 

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Betsy Coulter

Imaging Services Coordinator
Hillyer 323 | 413-585-3104

Betsy manages the public services operation in the Imaging Center, including equipment loans and student employment. She supports digital image acquisitions and licensing for the campus-wide digital library at Smith.

 

 

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Priya Green

Visual Arts Digital Coordinator
Hillyer 316 | 413-585-3228

Priya provides digital support for students and faculty within the art department. She can help with projects including large-format inkjet printing, scanning, digital photography, and video editing.

 

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Andrew Maurer

Interactive Media Coordinator
Hillyer 316 | 413-585-3116

Andrew advises faculty and students on Imaging Center resources and curricular and research projects combining art and technology. Contact him about media creation, editing and 3D design software, 2D and 3D printing and scanning, and web projects.

 


Student Employment

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The Imaging Center provides professional training that lets students translate their interests in art, art history, digital media and information science into practical skills that will serve them in whichever professional path they choose. Student assistants work on a range of projects, including media production, image scanning and editing, cataloging, 3D printing, virtual environment creation and assisting other students.

The course technology assistant provides close support for studio art classes. The assistants are required to attend specific media-based classes and assist the students and faculty as needed. They will also schedule help hours each week to provide ongoing support outside of class time.

  • Help students with a wide array of image and video needs
  • Develop expertise with image and video editing tools such as Adobe Photoshop and Premiere to support the needs of student projects
  • Support faculty by providing additional assistance as needed
  • Create instructional material and attend class demos and workshops as needed
  • Support the Imaging Center on special projects as needed

The digital communications assistant assists with creating and managing content for the Imaging Center website and blog. Duties may extend to include other public relations initiatives. The assistant will work creatively towards increasing the Imaging Center’s public profile and social media presence. They will reach out to and engage with students and faculty of the art department, and the broader Smith community.

  • Assist in the creation of online content
  • Upkeep of website and blog, uploading content, removing outdated material
  • Liaise with other departments for outreach opportunities
  • Find new ways to promote the Imaging Center’s range of services and areas of expertise
  • Connect with students to determine new directions for reaching a wider audience

The 3D and VR specialist will participate in workflows supporting the creation of 3D media for curricular use. Projects will involve 3D modeling, 3D scanning, 3D printing, and other related activities in Imaging Center labs. The student will help to create a library of 3D assets to be used in curricular virtual environment projects, and will provide 3D scanning and printing assistance for faculty and student projects. The student will create instructional materials and assist as needed in classes using 3D digital media.

  • Use 3D modeling software to create 3D models of gallery spaces and objects, to be incorporated in current and future virtual environment projects
  • Develop expertise with 3D modeling software, and adhere to provided best practices regarding geometry, file naming, organization, etc.
  • Assist the Interactive Media Coordinator in digitizing physical 3D objects from Smith collections
  • Assist students and faculty members as needed with the operation of Imaging Center 3D scanners and printers
  • Create instructional material for Imaging Center 3D scanners and printers
  • Occasionally assist with digital media class demonstrations
     


For Current Student Workers

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Photos above courtesy of:

3D Scanning Artwork (image at top of page): Andrew Maurer;  Ultimaker2 (cropped): Creative Tools (under CC-BY license); Pinhole Camera Project: Emma Crumbley ’19;  Students Studying Art: Art Department Photo Collection

 

Contact

Imaging Center

Brown Fine Arts Center
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Online Hours
Monday thru Friday
8:30 to 4:30 p.m. EST

Email: ic-u@smith.edu

Drop-in Hours
Noor Sheikh, Course Technology Assistant
Wednesdays, 4:30–6:30 p.m. EST
Skills: Photoshop, Illustrator, 3D modeling, WordPress, AutoCAD, SketchUp, laser cutting, spreadsheets.

Ratie Vushe, Course Technology Assistant
Thursday, 7–9 p.m. EST 
Skills: Photoshop, preparing images for print, Premiere, processing software for programming images and animations, Wacom tablets.