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Art (encompassing art history, studio art and architecture) has ranked among the top three most popular majors at Smith since at least the 1950s. Following is a selected list of Smith graduates who have gone on to distinguished careers in the visual arts:

Dorothy Miller Cahill '25: Renowned curator of paintings and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Rita Rich Fraad '37: Collector; owner of one of the finest private collections of American art

Grace Farrar Knowlton '54: Sculptor, painter, photographer; works are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum, among many others

Lucy Lippard '58: Cultural critic; author of numerous articles, essays and books, including "Mixed Blessings: New Art in a Multicultural America" and "On the Beaten Track: Tourism, Art and Place"

Janet Fish '60: Contemporary realist painter; works are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, among many others

Angelica Zander Rudenstine '63 (M.A.): Art historian and curator; program officer for museums and conservation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; has curated several major exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art

Sandy Skoglund '68: Internationally known installation artist and photographer; among the most noted of her large-scale 'staged environments' are "Radioactive Cats," "Walking on Eggshells" and "The Cocktail Party"

Diana E. E. Kleiner '69: Dunham Professor of Classics and the History of Art, and deputy provost for the arts, Yale University; a well-known scholar of Roman art; author of numerous books and articles on Roman art and its political and social context

Jane Shoaf Turner '78: As editor of the influential "Dictionary of Art," Turner, an art historian, heads an editorial team of some 90 art historians and other specialists; also edits "The Grove Art Series," "The Grove Library of World Art," and "The Grove Dictionary of Art Online"

Thelma Golden '87: Deputy director for exhibitions and programs, Studio Museum, Harlem; well known for her groundbreaking and controversial 1995 exhibit at the Whitney Museum titled "Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art"

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