Hillyer Hall 324
Brown Fine Arts Center
Northampton, MA 01063
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Equipment Checkout Hours
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or ext. 3104.
Director of the Imaging Center
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.
Visual Arts Technical Specialist
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.
Visual Communication Specialist
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.
Digital Asset Specialist
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.
Imaging Services Coordinator
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.
Visual Arts Digital Coordinator
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.
Interactive Media Coordinator
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.
Explore the Imaging Center
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