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2 FROM THE DIRECTOR FROM THE DIRECTOR SYNERGYTHE PROCESS OF COMING TOGETHER such that the result is greater than the sum of its partsis the concept I keep returning to as I reect on the past year at SCMA. Through enhanced programs and partnerships and thoughtful engagement with the campus and larger community the outcomes of our efforts continue to surpass our ambitious expectations. Our biggest and most visible undertaking of 20142015 was the completion of the Gallery Rede- sign Project advancing our mission to foster meaningful memorable experiences with exceptional art. We nd ourselves at an es- pecially exciting moment thats both a time of culmination and celebration as well as a new beginning with great potential. In taking a close careful look at how the museum and its collection are being used by our many constituencies we were able to rethink rene and renew our spaces to support that evolution. You see this most concretely in the renova- tion of our lower level where the recong- ured contemporary global art gallery allows for more works on view our Winslow Teach- ing Gallery is signicantly improved an in- novative Video New Media Gallery reects the museums commitment to this rapidly growing area of art-making and a central Talk Back space that provides an opportu- nity for dialogue with and among our visitors. All of these changes which are detailed be- ginning on page 4 were in direct response to the question How can we best support the teaching that happens here at Smith and the interests of our students and how can we give all our visitors a window onto that work AT THE HEART OF THE ANSWER is the fact that people in our community cant really understand and utilize our collection if they dont see it on view. Much of what we have accomplished was done with this in mind and is particularly exemplied in the new Carol T. Christ Asian Art Gallery. As SCMA ex- panded its collection of Asian art it became increasingly clear we needed a dedicated space for these works. In order to display and interpret the visual culture of Asia in a scholarly and thoughtful way we understood the importance of having resources and expertise on staff to support this initiative and we are pleased to welcome Yao Wu as SCMAs rst Jane Chace Carroll Curator of Asian Art. Thanks to Jane and her sister Eliot