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A Culture of Care

Read Smith’s UPDATED plans as of November 23, 2020,
for the spring 2021 semester.


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.


Department of Art Brochure and Spring 2021 Course Offerings

Learn more about the Smith College Department of Art, its faculty and majors, and its spring 2021 course offerings in this Department of Art Brochure.

Requirements for the Major: Revisions for Academic Year 2020-21

In response to unprecedented circumstances, the department is allowing up to two Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) courses from Academic Year 2020–21 to count towards the major (ARS, ARH, or ARU).

Events and Exhibitions!

Visit the Galleries webpage for information about the department's visiting artistis and current online exhibitions. The Jannotta Gallery presents work by faculty and students. The Oresman Gallery features visiting artists.

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Senior Studio Art Show

Studio Art Majors Final Exhibition, Spring 2020

While the seniors usually spend the end of their semester in small exhibition groups curating their final thematic shows, this year, life had other plans. Reflecting the resilience of their artistic practice, the works in this final exhibition were created before, after, and in some moments, in direct response to the unexpected shift to remote learning and pandemic occurring this Spring. This exhibition presents works made in dialogue as students continue to remain connected as studio mates, supporters, critics, collaborators, and friends.



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