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Getting the Inside Scoop on the Museum World

Wondering what goes on behind the gallery walls of America’s great art museums? Or how some distinguished museums came into being? Or how to get your foot in the door for a career in the museum world? Smith’s new Summer Institute in Art Museum Studies sets out to provide answers by lifting the veil of mystery that sometimes shrouds the world of art museums.

The Summer Institute is designed for rising juniors and seniors in undergraduate liberal arts programs and recent bachelor of arts recipients who are not presently enrolled in graduate school. To give students a thorough introduction to art museums, the program will explore the basic functions of these institutions—collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting the world’s greatest artistic treasures. It will include classroom instruction, visits to museums, conversations with museum professionals, reading and hands-on experiences. The program, supported in part by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is led by Suzannah Fabing, who served as director and chief curator of Smith’s Museum of Art from 1992 until her retirement in 2005.

The six-week program, which runs June 19 through July 28, 2006, is based on the Smith campus and associated with the Smith College Museum of Art. Enrollment will be limited to 20 participants and will be highly competitive. The application deadline is March 15.

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