Art Stories: Personal Experiences with SCMA’s Collection

October 11, 2013–February 9, 2014












Highlights of the exhibition.
(On the Art Stories Highlights page, click the i  to view the Art Story associated with the image)

The works of art in ART STORIES have been chosen as part of a project to welcome Smith College President Kathleen McCartney and introduce her to the Museum’s collection and what it means to our community. Smith alumnae, students, teachers, friends, and neighbors chose the featured artworks because each has a special meaning or memory for them.

The selected prints, drawings, photographs, paintings, and sculpture are on display in the Nixon Gallery on the second floor with additional artworks highlighted throughout the Museum. On the labels beside each of the featured artworks you will find stories of discovery and delight and the realization, as Rebecca Whitin Mitchell, Smith class of 2000, wrote, “that a work of art becomes like an old friend when you look at it closely and thoughtfully.”

We hope these stories will connect and add to your personal experiences of art and, collectively, celebrate our shared Art Story. 

Stories were submitted between April and June 2013 in response to an open invitation from the Smith College Museum of Art. This exhibition is supported by The Louise Walker Blaney 1939 Fund for Exhibitions, and Museum Members. Image: Edwin Romanzo Elmer, American, (1850–1923). Mourning Picture, 1890. Painting. Oil on canvas. SC 1953:129. Purchased.