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All Events in July 2016

Free July 8 Second Friday

  • Friday, July 8, 2016
  • Museum of Art
  • 4–8 PM
  • 4–6 PM Hands-on!  Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view
    Happy Valley

    Create your own miniature “Happy Valley,” inspired by the familiar landscape of local artist Sally Curcio’s magical bubble sculptures

    6 PM Open Eyes 

    Join a guided gallery conversation exploring a different art object each month

    Museum Shop open 11 AM–8 PM

    Light Refreshments + Crooked Stick Pops for sale

Summer Teacher Institute: Art + Nature—CANCELLED

  • Tuesday, July 26, 2016 – Friday, July 29, 2016
  • Museum of Art
  • 9–3 Everyday
  • $60 members, $85 non-members. Become a member today at the Educator Level!
    Email or call (413) 585-2773 with questions. Space is limited.

    Your students shouldn't have all the fun during summer break! Sign up for four days of indoor and outdoor art & nature-based adventures at the Smith College Museum of Art. Discover curricular connections and find inspiration from artwork on view in The Lay of the Land: Contemporary Landscapes from the Collection (June 17–September 11, 2016) as well as SCMA's permanent exhibition galleries.

    During the four days of "camp," enjoy exhibition tours by curators, presentations by guest speakers, creative writing and art-making experiences, expeditions on- and off-campus, as well as guided conversations and interactive explorations of art objects in our galleries. Throughout the week, emphasis will be on the skills of observation, slow looking, speaking and listening, observational drawing, reflective writing and creative expression through innovative museum learning strategies.

    A certificate will be provided to document the professional development hours. Curricular materials to support in-gallery and classroom learning will be provided via GoogleDrive and a Google+ community. A gmail account is required to participate, either a personal gmail or a district email account that uses the Google Apps for Education platform. Teachers are encouraged to create pre-visit lessons or student in-gallery assignments that integrate art & science as a result of this experience. Teachers will also be required to commit to bringing students to the Museum during the 2016-17 academic year, with fully subsidized bus transportation provided by SCMA.

    Go to to learn more about scheduling guided and self-guided visits to this exhibition as well as SCMA's permanent collection galleries.

Reading the Landscape: A Sense of Place—Gallery Conversation & Nature Tour for Members with Laurie Sanders & Linda Muehlig

  • Wednesday, July 27, 2016
  • Museum of Art
  • 10–11:30 a.m.
  • Co-sponsored by Kestrel Land Trust and the Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA) 

    Members: $10

    Space is limited to 20.Reservations are required.

    RSVP by July 25: or 413.585.2777

    Join Laurie Sanders, naturalist, and Linda Muehlig, associate director and senior curator of painting and sculpture, SCMA, to explore the idea of “reading the landscape.”

    The program will begin at the museum, in the exhibition The Lay of the Land: Contemporary Landscapes from the Collection, and will continue outdoors as we walk around the Smith College campus together to discover how we might see landscapes in a new light. Wear your walking shoes!

    The Lay of the Land(June 17–September 11, 2016) offers a wide variety of contemporary perspectives on the American landscape in its natural, altered, or re-imagined forms. Featuring a range of topographies from cultivated lands to forest and desert, the exhibition highlights new acquisitions, as well as works being displayed for the first time. (More information here.)

    Laurie Sanders, naturalist and writer, serves on the scientific advisory committee of the Kestrel Land Trust and is co-director of Historic Northampton. She is the former host of “Field Notes,” a weekly natural history series that aired on WFCR for a decade, and has produced nature shorts for WGBY/Channel 57. She earned a Masters of Science from the Field Naturalist Program at the University of Vermont and first came to Northampton in 1983 as a Smith College student. She lives in Westhampton with her husband and daughter.  

    Linda Muehlig, curator of The Lay of the Land, is associate director for curatorial affairs and senior curator of painting and sculpture at SCMA. Over the past four decades she has organized numerous popular exhibitions for the museum, including Sandy Skoglund: Reality Under Siege (1998); Undomesticated Interiors (2003); and Mary Bauermeister: The New York Decade (2015), among many others. She has also overseen the acquisition of many of the museum’s historic and contemporary works of art, including several by local artists on view in The Lay of the Land.


    Image: Fairfield Porter, American (1907–1975). Path in the Woods, 1968. Oil on masonite. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William A. Small, Jr. (Susan Spencer, class of 1948). Courtesy of the Smith College Museum of Art.

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