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Imaging Center

Contact

Imaging Center

Brown Fine Arts Center
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

General Questions
ic-u@smith.edu

Online Hours
Monday thru Friday
8:30 to 4:30 pm EST

Drop-in Hours:
 
Noor Sheikh, Course Technology Assistant. Drop-in Wednesdays, 4:30 to 6:30 pm EST at zoom 956 8486 7196. Skills: Photoshop, Illustrator, 3D modeling, Wordpress, AutoCAD, SketchUp, laser cutting, spreadsheets.
 
Ratie Vushe, Course Technology Assistant. Drop-in Thursday, 7:00 to 9:00 pm EST at zoom 942 5962 9693. Skills: Photoshop, preparing images for print, Premiere, Processing software for programming images and animations, Wacom tablets.

Students enrolled in art classes can contact our student workers directly at ic-students-u@smith.edu. Imaging Center staff will be monitoring this email as well so that we can respond when our student workers are not available.

3D Scanning Artwork

The Imaging Center plays a key role in the teaching and production of the visual arts at Smith. We work with people to make art, to study art and to document art. The center offers 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

The Imaging Center is adapting our services to be provided remotely. For questions or requests, please contact us directly at ic-u@smith.edu. See below to learn how specific services have been adapted.


Services

The Imaging Center offers 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.

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.

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.

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.

How-To Guides

Artstor

Copyright

Copyright Information for Imaging Center Collections

Smith Libraries’ Image Rights and Citations Guide
Copyright and citation guidelines for using images for research and teaching.

Smith College Copyright Policies
Comprehensive overview of issues related to the use of copyrighted text and multimedia in the classroom.

Online Software

Tinkercad
Tinkercad allows you to easily create and edit 3D models, with a focus on 3D printing.

Pixlr
Can’t get to Photoshop? This powerful free software allows you to edit images directly in your web browser.

Sketchup Free
Sketchup is widely used on campus for easy 3D modelling. We have Sketchup Pro on campus, but the free version can be used anywhere.

Find Images

LUNA Commons
LUNA Commons is a public digital image collection that includes material from a wide variety of museums, universities and private collections.

Smith Libraries’ Finding Images Page
Use this guide to find images on the web and in many of Smith’s online databases.

Artcyclopedia
This meta search engine searches the image databases of art museums from around the world.

Picture Catalogs Online
Assembled by the Library of Congress, this is an exhaustive list of sources for finding high-quality images online.

TinEye
This reverse image search engine lets you upload an image to find other versions of it on the web.

Artsy
Great resource for images of contemporary artwork. Includes galleries, art fairs and auctions in addition to museum collections for substantial coverage beyond traditional collections.

Find 3D Content

Smithsonian X 3D
Browse high-quality, annotated 3D models, digitized from the Smithsonian’s collections.

Thingiverse
Find 3D-printable objects in this large repository. You can also upload your own.

Sketchfab
Use this free tool to upload and share 3D content, including models made with Imaging Center 3D scanners and software. Models can be embedded on any web page or shared via platforms including Facebook and Tumblr. It’s like YouTube, but for 3D content.

CGTrader
A collection of professional 3D content, including over 200,000 free models to download.

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.


Staff

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.

Daniel Bridgman

Daniel 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 in Hillyer Hall as well as computer lab configurations and maintenance. He can assist when lab print quotas or network services behave in unexpected ways.

Jonathan Cartledge

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.

Betsy Coulter

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.

Priya Green

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.

Andrew Maurer

Andrew Maurer

Interactive Media Coordinator
Hillyer 316 | 413-585-3116

Andrew advises faculty and students on the use of Imaging Center resources and provides consultation for curricular and research projects combining art and technology. Contact him for questions about media creation and editing software, 3D design software, 2D and 3D printing and scanning, and web-based projects.

 
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