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A Culture of Care

Read Smith’s plans for the spring 2021 semester.
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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.


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 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 and in these Studio course descriptions from the faculty.

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 artists and current online exhibitions. The Jannotta Gallery presents work by faculty and students, including the current Senior Studio Art Virtual Exhibition. The Oresman Gallery features visiting artists.

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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