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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.


Art Department prizes and internships for this spring now open!

Now open for applications! Phyllis Williams Lehmann Travel Award, Enid Silver Winslow Prize in Art History, Hoxie Memorial Fund Internship Grant, Megan Hart Jones Studio Art Prize, Elizabeth Killian Roberts Prize. Information for applying can be found here.

NESAH 44th Annual Student Symposium

Smithies will be presenting papers at the 44th Annual Student symposium sponsored by The New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. The symposium will be a hybrid conference taking place on April 8, 2023. Attendees can choose to join in person at Yale University or on Zoom. For more information click here


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



Department of Art

Hillyer Hall
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01060

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

Imaging Center: 413-585-4568

Academic Assistants:
Rebecca Davis Eva Weber