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Prizes, Internships & Opportunities

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Prizes Awarded by the Department of Art

Students may compete for four prizes awarded annually by the Department of Art. Detailed application information and submission deadlines for each of the individual prizes are posted below early in the spring semester.

In addition to the four prizes awarded by the Department of Art, the Smith College Musuem of Art also offers the Tryon Prizes for Writing and Art.

The Megan Hart Jones Studio Art Prize was established in 1987 by family and friends in memory of Megan Hart Jones ’88. The prize is awarded annually to one undergraduate for outstanding work in drawing, photography, painting, sculpture, architecture, printmaking or the graphic arts. Traditionally announced on Ivy Day, winners of the Megan Hart Jones Studio Award receive a substantial cash prize.

How to apply:

Each student may submit only one piece of artwork. Triptychs, diptychs and other multipart projects will not be accepted. Installation and time-based work (e.g., performance, video, audio, internet, interactive) will not be accepted but may be submitted to the Tryon Prize. Please note that the same work cannot be submitted for both the Megan Hart Jones Studio Art Prize and the Elizabeth Killian Roberts Prize for Drawing.

Deadline for Submissions: Not currently accepting submissions. Information regarding the next award cycle will be posted here early next year.

2019–20 Recipients

Clare Altman '20
Simone Buschbeck-Fraser '22
Julia Fischer '20
Arianna Gutierrez '20

Established in 1978 by friends and former students of Professor Lehmann, this prize is awarded annually to seniors majoring in the history of art to support educational travel opportunities. Preference is given to students interested in pursuing the study of art history, especially classical antiquity, at the graduate level. Classical studies majors and archaeology minors are also encouraged to apply.

How to apply:

To be considered for the prize, students must submit the following:

  • A written proposal describing their travel plans.
  • A copy of their transcript.
  • An itemized budget, including all the information requested in the application form.

Deadline for Applications: Not currently accepting submissions. Information regarding the next award cycle will be posted here early next year.

2019–20 Recipient

Xiaofei (Sophie) Lei '20

Established in 1990 by family and friends in memory of Elizabeth Killian Roberts ’45, this prize is awarded annually for the best drawing. Entries are judged by faculty in the Department of Art. Traditionally announced on Ivy Day, winners of the Roberts award receive a substantial cash prize.

How to apply:

Each student may submit only one entry. Please note that the same work cannot be submitted for both the Elizabeth Killian Roberts Prize for Drawing and the Megan Hart Jones Studio Art Prize.

Deadline for Submissions: Not currently accepting submissions. Information regarding the next award cycle will be posted here early next year.

2019-20 Recipient

Yingke (Betty) Wang '23


The Enid Silver Winslow ’54 Prize in Art History is awarded annually for the best student paper completed for an art history course taught at Smith. Papers are judged anonymously by a committee of art history faculty. Traditionally announced on Ivy Day, winners of the Winslow award receive a substantial cash prize.

How to apply:

Students may submit a paper written at any point during their studies.

Deadline for Applications: Not currently accepting submissions. Information regarding the next award cycle will be posted here early next year.

Luyao (Chloe) Hou '20
"Mapping the Space of Power in Early Han China: Mawangdui Maps as the Disclosure of Territorial Construction"

Morgan Kaenzig de Denus '20
"The Divisions of Space Seen Through the Mingqi Miniature Buildings of the Han Dynasty"

Libby Keller '20
"To the Power of Two: Visualizing Duality through Han Dynasty Funerary Pictorial Art"

Sandra Pomeleo-Fowler '20
"The “Kota” Reliquary Figure: The Art Historical Context and the Problem of the Western Gaze"

Laia Sancho-Rossi '20
"Borders: The Intersection of Art, Politics, and Environment"

Doris Tang '21
"Forging Pathways of Return: The Afterlife Role of Bronze ​Shan​-Character Mirrors in Chu Culture"

Sarah White '20
"MAPPING HIDDEN LANDSCAPES: Contemporary Practices of Visualizing the Disappeared"

Internships Awarded by the Department of Art

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The Toledo Museum of Art and Smith College offer a paid summer internship for two qualifying students interested in exploring a career in art museums. The recipients of the Alice Williams Carson '34 Endowed Internship work in the Collections area on the development of major curatorial projects.

Smith students in Department of Art and Museum Concentrations are all eligible, but coursework in art history is essential. Internships generally begin in mid-June and run for six weeks; the exact start and end dates may vary, depending on students' schedules and the needs of the museum.

Deadline for Applications: Not currently accepting submissions. Information regarding the next award cycle will be posted here early next year.

2019-20 Recipients: Sophie Richard '20 and Olivia White '20

The Elizabeth Schroeder Hoxie ‘60 Memorial Fund provides financial support for Department of Art majors and minors (current sophomores and juniors only) who undertake a summer internship of approximately 35 hours of work per week.

How to apply:

The Hoxie award cannot be combined with Praxis funding. Students are only eligible to receive one or the other.

To be considered for the prize, students must submit the following:

  • The names of two faculty members who can be contacted for references.
  • A letter of application describing arrangements they have made, or will make, to obtain an internship and what they propose to accomplish.
  • A current CV or resume.
  • A copy of their transcript.
  • An itemized budget, including all the information requested in the application form.

Deadline for Applications: Not currently accepting submissions. Information regarding the next award cycle will be posted here early next year.

2018-19 Recipient: Clara Henderson ’20

Additional Internships & Opportunities

We recognize that these are challenging times to find and confirm summer internships and that many opportunities have been cancelled, postponed or significantly modified due to the new coronavirus pandemic. We are working to identify new and updated opportunities as they emerge and will be maintaining this information in the dropdown lists below.

Smith College resources in addition to those provided in the dropdown lists below include Smith College's Lazarus Center for Career Development, Praxis Program and Summer Undergraduate Reserach Fellowshop (SURF). On April 8, 2020, the college issued a Praxis Program and SURF update addressing how these opportunities will be modified to support experiential learning in remote contexts in light of the new coronavirus pandemic.  The Lazarus Center has also developed a video guide to remote intership searches.

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Studio Assistantship/Work Study/Skill-Building Opportunities



Architecture Competitions

Artist Residencies

The following museums and galleries are offering virtual tours, videos, talks, archives and access to digital collections.

Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia)

Barnes Foundation (Philadelphia, PA, USA)

Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

The Clark (Williamstown, MA, USA)

The Courtauld Institute of Art (London, England)

The Frick Collection (New York, NY, USA)

Google Arts & Culture (offering virtual experiences at many museums around the world)

Henie Onstad (Oslo, Norway)

J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Copenhagen, Denmark)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY, USA)

Musée du Louvre (Paris, France)

Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY, USA)

The National Galleries Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland)

National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC, USA)

National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washinton, DC, USA)

The Palace Museum (Beijing, China)

Pinacoteca di Brera (Milan Italy)

Platform: New York, featuring 12 New York-based galleries (New York, NY, USA)

The Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam, Holland)

Smith College Museum of Art (Northampton, MA, USA)

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (Amsterdam, Holland)

Tallinn Art Hall (Tallinn, Estonia)

Walker Center (Minneapolis, MN, USA)

The Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, MD, USA)

Wellcome Collection (London, England)

Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY, USA)

The Vatican’s Museums (Vatican City, Rome, Italy)

Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Warsaw, Poland)

This list provides some ideas for opportunities to enjoy remote and online events, lectures and interviews made available by other arts organizations.

Women Leaders in the Arts (Brooklyn Museum)
The directors of three major metropolitan museums—Nathalie Bondil (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts), Kaywin Feldman (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.), and Anne Pasternak (Brooklyn Museum)—come together to discuss the changing role of museums in the 21st century. The three leaders reflect on their experiences at the helm of encyclopedic museums, explore the challenges museums will face in the future, and consider how cultural institutions can become more accessible, inclusive spaces for community engagement and social justice.

Art Chat @ Five (National Museum of Women in the Arts)
Jumpstart your weekend with art: Every Friday at 5 p.m. (EDT), join NMWA educators for informal 30-minute art chats about selected artworks from NMWA’s collection. Each week a new sampling of artworks will be considered.

The Artist Project (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
The Artist Project asks artists to reflect on what art is and what inspires them from across 5,000 years of art. Their ways of seeing and experiencing art reveal the power of a museum and encourage all visitors to look in a personal way.

Connections (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Connections asks curators, conservators, librarians, educators, editors, designers, photographers, security personnel, and others to offer personal perspectives on the collection. The series introduces an illuminating means of access to The Met collection.

Viewpoints: Body Language (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
How does the sculpted body communicate? Hear from Met experts, leading authorities, and rising stars, each with a diverse perspective on the language of gesture, facial expression, and pose.

82nd & Fifth (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
82nd & Fifth asks 100 curators to talk about 100 works of art that changed the way they see the world. One curator, one work of art, two minutes at a time. This series demonstrates that the voice of authority, up close, is inspirational.

The Met 360° Project (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
This award-winning series of six short videos invites viewers around the world to virtually visit The Met's art and architecture in a fresh, immersive way. Created using spherical 360° technology, it allows viewers to explore some of the Museum's iconic spaces as never before.

MetCollects (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
MetCollects celebrates works of art new to the collection by borrowing the fresh eyes of photographers and the enthusiastic voices of curators, conservators, and, at times, the living artists, collectors, and supporters.

Audio Interviews (Museum of Modern Art)
Listen to artists, curators, and others speak about the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions.

Penny Stamps Speaker Series (University of Michigan)
In a partnership designed to keep the community curious, engaged, and connected, the entire Penny Stamps Speaker Series video archive is available to stream online.

Watch + Listen (Hammer Museum)
The Hammer's lectures, symposia, film series, readings, and performances aim to spark meaningful encounters with art and ideas.

Video + Audio (Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston)
Explore videos and audio recordings including exhibition previews, artist interviews, studio visits, and talks between artists and curators.

Clark Connects (The Clark Art Institute)
While The Clark Art Institute’s galleries are closed and public programs temporarily suspended, the Clark is presenting new virtual programming as part of the Clark Connects project. New content is added every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon.

RAP in the Archives (The Clark Art Institute)
In honor of The Clark’s regular Tuesday evening lectures, every Tuesday they are sharing a lecture from a previous season.

A Conversation Between ZHENG Bo, Artist and Yao Wu, Jane Chace Carroll Curator of Asian Art
The Lewis Global Studies Center had planned to host the artist Zheng Bo as our Spring 2020 Leader-in-Residence. Though that residency was necessarily postponed, the artist agreed to co-create a video interview, discussing his art, his activism and his unique vision of what he calls “our inter-species relations” with the world. A self-described “eco-socialist conceptual artist,” Zheng Bo has created award-winning installations and workshops throughout Asia and Europe, highlighting the impact of climate change and offering an alternative, responsible strategy for living on earth.

Art History From Home (Whitney Museum of Art)
These weekly online talks by the Whitney's Joan Tisch Teaching Fellows highlight works in the Museum's collection to illuminate critical topics in American art from 1900 to the present. During each thirty-minute session, participants are invited to comment and ask questions through a moderated chat.

Whitney Screens (Whitney Museum of Art)
Engage with art in the Whitney's collection with Whitney Screens. Every Friday, they’re featuring special screenings of video works recently brought into the collection, all by emerging artists, in keeping with the Whitney’s long tradition of supporting artists at the beginning and during key moments of their careers. Screenings will be live-streamed from Vimeo, beginning at 7 p.m.

Glasstire {Texas Visual Art}, Five-Minute Tours
Video tours of art exhibitions in Texas.

Critical Bounds Podcast
Critical Bounds is a podcast founded, produced, and hosted by Nicole Bearden (Smith ’19), which considers contemporary art, global issues, and current events that influence and are in turn manifested in artistic practice, through critical conversations with emerging contemporary artists and curators.

Sculpting Lives 
This podcast series explores the lives and careers of five women (Dame Barbara Hepworth, Dame Elisabeth Frink, Kim Lim, Phyllida Barlow, and Rana Begum) who worked (and are still working) against preconceptions, forging successful careers and contributing in ground-breaking ways to the histories of sculpture and art.

Serpentine Galleries Podcast
Seasonal podcast on art and ideas featuring thematic episodes that bring together artists, writers and thinkers of our time to explore timely questions around technology, ecology and equality.

Talk Art
Actor Russell Tovey and gallerist Robert Diament host Talk Art, a podcast dedicated to the world of art featuring exclusive interviews with leading artists, curators & gallerists.

FIELD TRIP: Art Across Canada
This online platform delivers arts experiences with some of Canada’s most celebrated artists in a national partnership with leading arts organizations. From children’s programs to artist talks and workshops, these activities are designed to advance the work of our nation’s organizations through digital platforms for different age groups, on a range of subjects, that engage communities and support artists, particularly during the challenges presented during a pandemic.

Yale Photo Pop-Up Lecture Series
The guest is announced 24 hours in advance by Director of Graduate Studies Gregory Crewdson acts as moderator and interviewer for each lecture.

This list provides some additional resources for identifying remote and online arts opportunities.

MCN Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning and Online Collections
Provides links to numerous digital archives and libraries, museums providing virtual tours, online exhibits and collections and e-learning opportunities.