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All Events in December 2016

AIDS WORK Gallery Talk with Artist Eric Avery

  • Thursday, December 1, 2016
  • Museum of Art
  • 11 AM–12 PM
  • Join artist Eric Avery for a special gallery talk in the exhibition Eric Avery: AIDS WORK. Learn from the artist’s perspective about the art works on display, including more than 30 prints and books acquired by SCMA and the Mortimer Rare Book Room in 2014. This group represents a cohesive and important body of work that documents three decades in the life of the major public health crisis of AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). As an artist, physician, and gay man, Avery was at the center of the crisis both personally and professionally.

    FREE with museum admission / Free for members

    Space Limited. Members are invited to reserve a space. RSVP by November 30: or 413.585.2777

Activism, Art and Science: A Conversation with Eric Avery and Anne S. De Groot

  • Thursday, December 1, 2016
  • Neilson Browsing Room | Neilson Library | Smith College
  • 5 PM
  • Join Dr. Eric Avery, artist, and Dr. Anne S. De Groot (class of 1978), Founder, CEO & CFO, EpiVax, Inc., for a presentation and dialogue about their approaches to activism and advocacy through art and science. 

    Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Eric Avery: AIDS Work on view at Smith College Museum of Art through December 11.

Free December 9 Second Friday

  • Friday, December 9, 2016
  • Museum of Art
  • 4 PM–8 PM
  • 4–6 pm Hands On! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view

    Journey Journals Make your own travel sketchbook, then take a grand tour through the Museum and document your journey!


    The Smith College Campus School Chorus—made up of students in grades 4 to 6—will perform songs for the winter holidays and other favorites.

    6–6:30 pm Open Eyes

    Join a guided conversation exploring a work of art in the exhibition

    Museum Shop open + complimentary light refreshments

Visual Thinking Strategies Beginner Practicum

  • Friday, December 9, 2016 – Saturday, December 10, 2016
  • Smith College Museum of Art
  • 9–4 pm
  • The two-day Practicum is focused on developing VTS facilitation skills. This is a beginning level training for people who have had little or no experience with VTS. While some time is allotted to examining theoretical underpinnings of VTS, the focus is helping participants learn to do VTS well.

    This Practicum is an introduction to VTS and the research and theory on which it is based. Participants will observe, analyze and practice VTS with coaching, continuously reflecting on the relationship of theory to practice. During the workshop, we will examine Abigail Housen’s Theory of Aesthetic Development and how VTS evolved from it. There will be practical work in the galleries, teaching with critique and thinking through image choices. Throughout, ample time will be provided for discussion and reflection. This VTS Practicum will be led by VTS Director Amy Chase Gulden.

    Cost: $435

    Please register through the VTS website:


    Have questions or need help? Call 718-302-0232 or email

Public Lecture by Beverly Morgan-Welch

  • Friday, December 9, 2016
  • Weinstein Auditorium | Wright Hall | Smith College
  • 1:10 PM
  • Museums and African American History: The Opening of a new Smithsonian Institution

    Beverly Morgan-Welch '74, Associate Director for External Affairs, National Museum of African American History and Culture will reflect on her career in museums, including her role in launching the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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