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A Culture of Care >> Read Smith’s plans for the summer and fall 2021 semesters.


Three students hanging art on a gallery wall

The Smith art department embraces the history of art, studio practice and architecture. In all three arenas, we are committed to cultivating visual literacy and to understanding artistic production in different cultures throughout time and in our own media-saturated present.

Art majors have gone on to careers as artists, scholars, architects, landscape architects, art librarians, educators, visual resource specialists, conservators, preservationists, curators and gallerists. They have also become editors, entrepreneurs, lawyers and doctors. Whether they major in the field or take a course or two, students have found that informed visual thinking, no less than the pleasure of aesthetic experience, continues to enrich their lives and their work.


Hillyer Hall Operational Plan

The Spring 2021 Operational Plan for Hillyer Hall summarizes the guidelines and policies that apply to students, staff and faculty working in Hillyer Hall in the Spring 2021 semester. In addition to the policies described in this plan, current Smith College COVID-19 Response Plan polices also apply.

Department of Art Student Opportunities

2021 Prizes & Internships: The Department of Art is offering 4 prizes and 2 internship opportunities. Please visit the Prizes, Internship & Opportunities webpage for more information.

Lectures & Events

Did you miss our April 13th Conversation with Artist Cannupa Hanska Luger?  For a limited time, you can watch the recorded video here.


The Jannotta Gallery presents work by faculty & students, including the Senior Studio Art Exhibition. The Oresman Gallery features visiting artists. Visit the Galleries page for more information.

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Smith College Senior Studio Art Virtual Exhibition 2020-21


Unsaved Changes Will Be Lost

Over the past year we have adapted to maintain connection by inhabiting virtual space: pop-ups, inbox alerts and Zoom invites have shaped new neighborhoods, stores and social spaces. Living through our devices, we are challenged to make choices about what information to contribute, save, archive and let go. Smith’s first entirely remote senior studio class has created a collection of artworks that reflects on fractured and liminal relationships, interrogates spaces of safety and confusion, and explores the viscera of everyday rituals and objects that have become intimately familiar during the quarantine.


Department of Art

Hillyer Hall
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01060

Phone: 413-585-3100
Fax: 413-585-3119

Imaging Center: 413-585-3106

Assistant for Administration:
Rebecca Davis