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The Imaging Center

student in the Imaging Center virtual reality gaming lab

The Imaging Center supports the study and production of the visual arts at Smith. We work with faculty and students to make art, to study art and to document art. We teach workshops and provide individual support to help students 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 work with faculty to use technology creatively in the classroom.

COVID-19 Update

Following campus guidelines, we are open to the public. Masks are required in the Imaging Center public spaces and classrooms. Students should contact the Imaging Center at for individual project consultation, training and lab equipment reservations. Please allow a 48 hour turnaround time for consultations.

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.

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 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.


Imaging Center Staff

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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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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.



Kevin Pomerleau

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

Kevin is the printmaking and photo technician for the art department. He 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 him.


Luke Blevins

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

Luke supports the digital media courses and needs in the department, assisting with digital design software, large format printing, scanning, camera and lighting operation, darkroom practices, and media installation. Contact Luke for individual training or classroom workshops.

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


Featured Image Credits

Yanlong Guo presenting the final presentations for ARH 280, Art Historical Studies: Playing with Ink and Brush in the Smith College Museum of Art teaching gallery. Photo credit: Andrew Maurer

Barbara Kellum working with students in the Imaging Center Digital Media Lab. Photo credit: Andrew Maurer

Raven Gomez ’18 using VR in the Gaming Lab. The Gaming Lab is a collaboration between the Department of Art and Film & Media Studies. Photo credit: Sam Masinter



The Imaging Center

Brown Fine Arts Center
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

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


Drop-in Hours
To be determined. For assistance, please contact for an appointment.