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Imaging Center

Hillyer Hall 324
Brown Fine Arts Center
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: 413-585-3106

Hours
Monday–Friday
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Equipment Checkout Hours
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
noon–1 p.m.

3D Scanning Artwork

From its beginnings as a physical collection of art images, to its modern incarnation as a nexus of imaging services and tools, the Imaging Center has played a key role in the teaching and production of the visual arts at Smith. Today, the Imaging Center is a hub of creativity, scholarly collections, and technical skill that helps bring new ideas to light.


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.

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. Smith Digital Collections in ARTstor 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. Access ARTstor through the Search ARTstor link. Create your own login name and password for off-campus access. Additionally, we maintain collections of 35mm slides and mounted photographs which can be browsed in the Imaging Center Lounge.

SEARCH ARTSTOR

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.

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.
  • Download our Digital Image Request Form (below) and fill it out. Bring the form with accompanying materials to the Imaging Center front desk.

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

Checkout and Check-in: M, W, F 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. Contact him for cross-campus collaborations, and for help with topics like computer vision algorithms and automated image manipulation.

Liz Bannish

Visual Arts Technical Specialist
Hillyer L08E | 413-585-3997

Liz is the printmaking and photo technician for the art department. She can provide assistance with plate preparation, press operation, and photography and darkroom assistance. Any questions about safety and hazardous materials in art making should be directed to her.

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 Imaging 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 | 413-585-3100

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