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January 11, 2006

New Position to Explore Technology in the Arts           

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—With a $225,000 grant from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, Smith College will create a new three-year faculty position for an artist-in-residence who will act as a resource for the college in developing the uses of technology in the arts.

The grant will support the artist-in-residence beginning in fall 2006. The artist-in-residence will teach students and faculty about new directions in artists’ use of technology and arrange for visits by other artists with technological and multi-media experience in studio, visual and performing arts.

“The digital revolution provides artists and computer scientists with powerful new tools for expression,” said Charles Staelin, dean for academic development. “Having an artist-in-residence focusing on building bridges between arts and technology is an invaluable opportunity for Smith.”

The new artist-in-residence will also inform the college’s development of curriculum that link arts and technology. Already, the Computer Science Department, in response to student interest, has established two interdisciplinary minors—digital art and digital music—that exploit the art-technology connection.

Smith has longstanding curricular offerings in performing and visual arts that will benefit from the guidance of the artist-in-residence. The college’s art department, with more than 30 faculty members, lecturers and visiting artists, offers courses in art history, studio art and architecture. And nearly 100 Smith students major in the performing arts, in dance, music or theatre.

In addition to teaching, the artist-in-residence will be practicing artists and share their talents as teachers and practitioners.

Smith College is consistently ranked among the nation’s foremost liberal arts colleges. Enrolling 2,800 students from every state and 60 other countries, Smith is the largest undergraduate women’s college in the country.

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