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Expanded by 35 percent, growing from 43,000 to 59,000 gross square feet

Galleries: Main space increased 20 percent, from 16,158 to 19,770 gross square feet. Added an entire new floor of light-infused galleries, many more flexible exhibit areas to showcase smaller collections and special themes, and a 1,000-gross-square-foot dedicated print gallery. Galleries feature wireless technology as well as data jacks every 10 feet.

Student features: Three classrooms in the museum for close-up work with museum objects from storage; expanded exhibition space to accommodate the wider range of art and cultures now covered in Smith classes; and enhanced technology to facilitate student research in museum spaces.

Print room suite: Renamed the Cunningham Study Center for Prints, Drawings and Photographs, it features a study room, seminar room, work room and storage facility.

Visitor amenities: Additional restrooms, including one set that are commissioned works of art; expanded sales shop and greeting area; expanded coat room and seating areas; access to studio classroom for hands-on art activities as part of museum programs.

Public resource area: A comfortable area on the lower level, featuring four computer workstations and seating for reading.

Mechanical systems: State-of-the-art environmental controls and sophisticated security system; "compact storage" equipment to expand and improve art storage.

New Features of Interest to Visitors

New works of art: The collection has grown to include several important, newly acquired works of art as well as a number of newly commissioned pieces, many of which will engage visitors by blurring the line between form and function.

New random-access digital audio tours: Developed with Smith students, two tours of the permanent collection will be available for the reopening. Featuring interviews with artists, art historians, and museum staff, the multi-voice tours cover 55 works for adults and 25 for children. Produced by Antenna Audio, the portable format lets visitors individualize their tours and will also allow flexibility in enjoying the museum's changing exhibits.

Enhanced hand-held learning tools and wall labels: Informative wall labels, small books on specific pieces and other educational materials have been created during the renovation as gallery aids. Many of these newly available materials were created by Smith students.

Family and school programming: A new studio classroom in the museum will integrate art-making and other hands-on activities into family and school visits. (In the fall of 2002, the museum's education staff will host a teachers' workshop to introduce expanded capabilities for school groups.)

New amenities: The college's newly built multipurpose parking garage, the museum's easily accessible entrance, greeting desk, improved Web site, and expanded visitor area will enhance the visitor's museum experience.

Adult volunteers: A new corps of adult volunteers is being recruited and trained to help the museum realize the full potential of the renovated and enlarged facility. These new volunteers will welcome guests, assist with museum projects, conduct needed research and serve as ambassadors to the community.

New Features of Interest to Smith Students

Expanded classrooms: Since 1994, the museum's collections have been used by hundreds of students as part of their work in more than 45 courses in 11 fields ranging from chemistry to dance to American studies. When reopened, the center's four classrooms (up from just one), will easily integrate the use of original works of art in classes.

Data connectivity/wireless galleries: Galleries will be equipped with data jacks and wireless technology so that students can view works while learning more online.

Training: The 40 student volunteers and 15-20 paid student assistants and interns who train each year in the museum will gain their work experience in a state-of-the art facility.

New Features of the
Renovated Museum

Museum Restrooms
as Functional Art

Museum Benches
Celebrate New
England Artistry

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