Smith College Museum of Art

The Museum at Smith College began collecting works in 1879 with a focus on American and European art.
Acquiring works of quality, while recognizing the instructional value of preparatory studies and unfinished works. The Museum assembled important works of the nineteenth century, including works by Edgar Degas, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, and others.
In the early 1990’s acquiring works by women artists and artists of color became a collecting priority. In the last decade, the collection has expanded significantly to include African, Islamic, and Asian art.

The Museum educates and engages both students and public audiences alike.
Also be sure to visit the Botanic Garden at Smith college! You don’t want to miss it!

Museum Address: Elm Street at
Bedford Terrace
Northampton, MA 01063

About Laurel

Laurel Thorndike is our "artist in residence" here at We Love Museums. "Lately I have been experimenting with a very illustrative style. Using images & feelings as a writer would use words to bring characters "to life" Suggesting a possible story or building from existing ones." Inspiring artists & art periods include Art Nouveau's Alphonse Mucha and Maxfield Parrish. Pre-Raphaelites such as Waterhouse, Holman Hunt, Leighton. Portrait painter's John Singer Sargent and Julio Romero de Torres. Symbolists such as Jean Delville and Carlos Schwabe. In 2001 she studied photography with nature photographer Patrick Pacheo Zephyr. She immediately fell in love with using the camera to 'paint with light'. Using natural light to create a picture full of emotion from something as ordinary as a reflection in a small pond or a lone tree on a hill. In 2014 she attended the 'Illustrator Master Class' at Amherst College, A one week intensive with the instruction of some of the finest illustrator's in the country! Her works have been shown at the juried Art On The Mountain show 2004 & 2005 Wilmington VT and the Northeastern Fine Arts Juried Exhibition at the Green Trees Gallery Northfield MA 2005. As well as at various galleries and art fairs throughout New England. Her work can be viewed and purchased at:

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