Museum Programs

Choose from in-person or virtual experiences designed to invoke wonder, inspire conversation, and empower artistic discovery through the rotating exhibitions at SMoCA.

To learn more or to make a booking, contact Charlotte Quinney, campus engagement coordinator, at [email protected].


Illuminate

November 2022 – January 2023

Explore how contemporary artists use elements of color, light, and shadow to convey stories, construct landscapes, empower viewers, and create spaces to dream. Students will engage with painting and collage by artists of the African diaspora and experience an immersive, light-based installation by Phillip K. Smith III.

Length: 90 minutes
Grades: best for grades 5–12
Flexible scheduling available: Tuesday–Thursday
Capacity: 50 students
Cost: free

Phillip K. Smith III, 10 Columns, 2019. Aluminum, glass, LED lighting, electronic components, unique color program. Image courtesy of Bridge Projects and the artist. Photo: Lance Gerber
Kehinde Wiley, Vagner Rodrigues Gomes, 2008. Oil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches. Courtesy of Iris and Adam C. Singer.

TEXTures

March 2023 – May 2023

Consider the forms of communication that shape our reality by examining art that uses text and visual language. Artworks in diverse mediums and styles—such as neon, graphic design, ceramics, and installation art—will inspire conversations about fiction, fact, and opinion in today’s society and the future ahead.

Length: 90 minutes
Grades: best for grades 5–12
Flexible scheduling available: Tuesday–Thursday
Capacity: 50 students
Cost: free

Kristin Bauer, Babel, 2017–20; synthetic polymer pigment, cast acrylic, milk crates; dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Grey Shed Studio.

Alt+Shift: A SMoCA Virtual School Program  

Use your imagination and creative spark to shift your perspective. Students will put into play skills of critical thinking, adaptability, and empathy-building as they dynamically respond to themes in contemporary art through dialog and drawing.

Fall: November 2022–January 2023 
The fall theme is “color”.

Spring: March 2023–May 2023 
The spring theme is “language”,

Length: 40 minutes to 1 hour
Grades: best for grades 5–12
Flexible scheduling available: Tuesday–Thursday
Cost: free

 

SMoCA museum programs sponsored by: