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Now everyone is an insider!

In order to provide an open forum for ALL of the museum’s collection and activities, the Paper + People blog is being renamed SCMA Insider. With its expanded focus, SCMA Insider will act as a go-to place for sharing information on the diverse collections and many voices and visions that shape SCMA.

If you want to contribute to the blog, please contact the Brown Post-Baccalaureate Curatorial Fellow, Shanice Bailey, at

  • Friday, October 12, 2018

    Announcing the 2018-2019 Student Picks Winners!

    Student Picks gives Smithies the chance to curate their own pop-up art show using the museum's collection of works on paper. Exhibitions take place from 4-8 pm on the last Thursday of every month during the academic year in Cunningham Center. Seven lucky students are chosen by lottery as part of a campus-wide sweepstakes that takes place each September.

    This year’s Student Picks winners are ...

    October 25, 2018 – Yansi Murga '20

    November 29, 2018 – Sofia Canale-Parola '21

    January 31, 2019 – Ejona Gjata '21

    February 28, 2019 – Renee Klan '19

    March 28, 2019 – Echo Zhang '19

    April 25, 2019 –  Charlotte Mead '21J

    September 26, 2019 – Mosa Molapo '22

    Congratulations to our newest student curators! More to come soon!


  • Wednesday, September 26, 2018

    STUDENT PICKS | The Dichotomy of Nature: How Artists Portray the Environment


    John James Audobon, American, 1785 - 1851. Engraved by Robert Havell, American, 1793 - 1878. Yellow Breasted Chat, Plate CXXXVII from Drawings Made in the United States and Its Territories. Engraving and aquatint printed in black with hand coloring on J. Whatman ivory wove paper. Gift of Mrs. John D. Upton (Eleanor Bingham, class of 1934). SC 1983:5-4. (click here to enlarge image)

    About the Exhibition:

    The famous naturalist, John Muir is credited with saying: “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” This show explores two dramatically different depictions of nature with the hopes that you, the viewer will find more walking through this show than you were seeking. Audubon’s prints are careful reproductions of the natural world, demonstrating how artistry and scientific study can meld to capture an animal’s morphology and natural environment. The landscapes in this show offer a different approach to depicting nature, focusing on the emotional essence of a scene rather than transcribing a specific place. When viewed together, both bodies of work demonstrate that whether accurate representations or dramatic interpretations, works about nature can evoke feelings in all viewers, connecting them with the world around them.


    Curatorial Statement:

    I have always been interested in how conservation and the natural world are depicted through art. One of my first experiences at Smith was a field trip to the Smith College Museum of Art to view Audubon prints with an Introduction to Biology course. As we were looking at the Audubon prints, we examined the accuracy of the animals in their natural environments. The purpose of our visit was to discuss the intersection of science, specifically ecology, with art. For this show, I wanted to show the dichotomy that exists when representing nature. Artists can choose to represent nature in a way that evokes emotions from the viewer rather than making the viewer feel as though they are looking at a specific location. While the landscapes were meant to represent how a person feels when in nature, the Audubon prints were meant to educate people about animals that they likely would never have the chance to see in the wild. Despite the two very different approaches and styles, both aim to draw the viewer in to experience nature.

    - Molly Megan '19

  • Friday, September 7, 2018

    The 2018-2019 Student Picks Lottery Is Now Open!

    Enter by September 21st for a chance to curate your own pop-up art show in the Cunningham Center for Prints, Drawings and Photographs. Student Picks exhibitions take place on the last Thursday of every month from 4-8pm as part of SCMA's Thursday evening student programming.

    Open to all Smith students, no prior art experience required! Enter as many times as you'd like using this online form or submit your ballot(s) in person at the Campus Center, Smith College Museum of Art lobby, or Young Science Library.


    Peter Max, American born Germany, 1937. Midget's Dream, 1967. Photolithograph in color, on paper. Smith College Museum of Art. Photography by Petegorsky/Gipe for SCMA. (click here to enlarge image)