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Art (encompassing art history, studio art and architecture) consistently ranks among the top three most popular majors at Smith. In 2001, 122 students majored in art. The department numbers 30 faculty members, making it one of the largest art departments in the country among peer institutions.

Because of the distinguished and extensive collections of the Smith College Museum of Art, Smith stands among the few American institutions where students and faculty have had access to actual works of art for teaching and scholarship. In addition, Smith is a leader among liberal arts colleges (and many universities) in the digitization of its extensive image collection.

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New Features of the Department's Renovated Space

Studios: Studio practice includes painting, sculpture, drawing, graphic art, and photography. All areas received major improvements, including ventilation, technology, and new facilities. Specific studio upgrades include:

Expanded and renovated sculpture studio with bronze casting facility

Expanded print studio, featuring a newly purchased motorized, flatbed offset press and graphically-enhanced computer workstations

An updated photography studio with a new color darkroom

An additional drawing studio

Computer-assisted design (CAD) capability in the new Visual Communications Resource Center, for use in architectural study and design

Additional private studio spaces for honors students with an adjoining common room for collaboration

Galleries: Improved student gallery (the Jannotta Gallery) and a dedicated visiting artist gallery (the Oresman Gallery)

Auditorium: A sloped, high-tech auditorium (Graham Hall) seating 109 that opens into the Oresman Gallery and onto a patio for receptions

Classrooms: Heavily wired with digital capacity in all classrooms; 20-seat seminar room with a custom-made table providing laptop connections for classes; two computer design studio/classroom spaces that feature graphically-enhanced workstations for the sharing and viewing of high-resolution digital images

Offices: Five additional faculty offices (for a total of 24)

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