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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.


Presentation of the Art Major and Minor

Meet faculty and students from the Art Department and learn about declaring a major in Art. Courses offered by the department focus on images and the built environment and seek to foster an understanding of visual culture and human expression in a given time and place. There is one major, which may be taken in one of three variations: History of Art, Studio Art, and Architecture & Urbanism. Bring your questions and join us on Zoom, 10/25 from 12:20-1:15. To register click here

Portfolio Review for entry to the Studio Art Major

Sign up for Portfolio Review at the art office, Hillyer 101. Portfolio Review is mandatory to declare the studio art major. It will be held Thursday October 28th, from 4:10-6:00pm in Hillyer 204. Bring 10-15 examples of work from at least two college-level studio art classes. Actual work is ideal but documentation is also accepted (bring your own laptop). Reserve your spot and sign up now! 


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.

Smith College COVID-19 Response Plan

The Smith College COVID-19 Response Plan outlines the current guidelines and polices that apply to students, staff and faculty working on campus and in Hillyer Hall.

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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