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A Culture of Care

Read Smith’s UPDATED plans as of August 5, 2020,
for an entirely remote fall 2020 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.


Fall 2020 Art Classes

The Department of Art is excited to offer a robust range of remote classes in fall 2020. We are committed to providing a full and engaging curriculum in art history, studio art and architecture. See the studio class descriptions here, and for descriptions of all art courses, go to the Smith College online Course Search.

Faculty Office Hours

Art faculty contact information and remote office hours can be found on the department’s Faculty & Staff webpage. Contact your faculty via email to set up remote office hours appointments.

Declaration of the Studio Art Major & Portfolio Review

A portfolio review for students who intend to declare the studio art major will be announced here soon.

Currently Showing

The art department galleries have moved online for fall 2020! For information about current and present gallery exhibitions, as well as other online student exhibitions, please visit the Department of Art’s Galleries webpage.

  • The Jannotta Gallery presents new work by current Smith faculty and students.
  • The Oresman Gallery features discussions with visiting professional artists about their work and practice.


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.


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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