Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 542017–2022 STRATEGIC PLAN  35 Smith College started collecting original works of art soon after it enrolled its first class in 1875. Initially, President L. Clark Seelye collected works of contemporary American art, as he believed students should be familiar with the art of their time. From those origins, the collection has grown in tandem with the college’s increasingly global curriculum and today also includes art of the indigenous Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and the ancient and Islamic worlds. As we look toward the next five years, we will continue to refine and expand our collection in areas that support teaching and learning at Smith College and build our internal expertise in emerging collection areas. We will hire the Charlotte Feng Ford ’83 Curator of Contemporary Art to bring a newly invigorated academic focus on contemporary art, collaborating with faculty and students on exhibitions and new research and coordinating an active program of artists’ visits. With this position, Smith will be one of the only college museums in the nation to have a position dedicated to contemporary work. In 2014–15 we redesigned our gallery spaces to expand the amount of our collection on view, enhance the spaces available to teach with the collection, display innovative forms of art, and create dialogue with and among visitors. This included integrating a new Carol T. Christ Asian Art Gallery, improving the Winslow Teaching Gallery, creating a new Video & New Media Gallery and integrating an interactive display called “Talk Back: Art in Conversation.” We will continue to focus on improving access to our collection (both in the building and online) to connect people to our exceptional holdings and inspire study of our works. A significant goal for the next five years will be to expand the digitization of our collection and digital access to it. At the heart of these goals is the desire to connect people to art. 1. FURTHER DEVELOP BASIC SUPPORT FOR COLLECTION MANAGEMENT 2. OPTIMIZE ONLINE AND ON- SITE ACCESS TO THE PERMANENT COLLECTION 3. DEEPEN RESEARCH AND KNOWLEDGE OF NEW AND ESTABLISHED COLLECTION AREAS 4. CONTINUE GROWING THE COLLECTION TO SUPPORT TEACHING AND LEARNING OBJECTIVES