The Lay of the Land: Contemporary Landscapes from the Collection, entirely drawn from works in SCMA’s holdings, offers a wide variety of contemporary perspectives by American artists on the landscape in its natural, altered, or re-imagined forms. Featuring a range of topographies from cultivated lands to forest and desert, The Lay of the Land highlights new acquisitions, as well as works being displayed for the first time.Image credit: Fairfield Porter, American (1907–1975). Path in the Woods, 1968. Oil on masonite. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William A. Small, Jr. (Susan Spencer, class of 1948).
Eric Avery: AIDS WORK includes more than 30 prints and books by Dr. Eric Avery acquired by Smith College Museum of Art (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 (Auto Immune Deficiency Syndrome). As an artist, physician, and gay man, Avery was at the center of the crisis both personally and professionally.
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Northampton Massachusetts is a vibrant small city that feels like a small hometown with several distinctive village centers. Northampton is home to the prestigious Smith College and Smith College Museum of Art and downtown is vibrant from the presence and influence of young women and the professors that lead them in their academic journey.
Northampton is known as the #1 small arts town in America with a bustling downtown day and night offering a wide selection of restaurants and coffee shops as well as antique stores. Here you will also find museums and theaters as well as clubs and street musicians.
It is located in western Massachusetts at the foot of the Berkshires. Northampton is only 93 miles west of Boston and north of Springfield.
The local events are someting not to miss including the Taste of Northampton featuring the best food of the area. The Summer Sidewalk Sales offers great products and savings along the sidewalks of downtown Northampton. The Three County Fairground hosts many events including a number of Horse shows and the famous Three County Fair.
Relax at Look Memorial Park or bike the Norwottuck Rail Trail and enjoy the scenic views of the Connecticut River. Northampton is a destination that will please everyone!