Cunningham Center Questions

  • How do I make an appointment for my class to visit the Cunningham Center?
    To make an appointment, please call 413.585.2764 or e-mail. Please let us know what date and time you would like to visit, and how many people will be in your group.
  • How far in advance do I need to make an appointment?
    Two weeks’ notice is ideal and will allow staff time to prepare for your visit, but we may be able to accommodate your visit with less notice. Please note that many classes use the Cunningham Center during term time (September through December, and February through April), so please allow extra time or provide two possible days/times for your visit, in case there is a conflict with a class using our space.
  • How can I find works in your collection for my class visit?
    Please explore our online collection database and prepare a list of up to fifteen works on paper you wish to view.
  • I am not able to find what I’m looking for in the database. Who should I contact?
    The Cunningham Center staff is always available to assist professors or teachers in finding works appropriate for their classes. Please contact Henriette Kets de Vries, Cunningham Center Manager, at  413.585.2778.
  • How many works may I request for each visit?
    We encourage you to visit as often as you like, but please select no more than fifteen works per visit.
  • How many students may I bring for a class at the Cunningham Center?
    While our facility is spacious, we limit class size to twenty-five students or fewer, as larger classes diminish the viewing experience. If you have more than twenty-five students, we can often make arrangements to split the class into groups. Please contact Henriette Kets de Vries, Cunningham Center Manager, at hketsdev@smith.edu or 413.585.2778, for ideas on how to work with large classes. 
  • Can I see paintings or sculpture at the Cunningham Center?
    No. The Cunningham Center only houses works on paper (prints, drawings, photographs, or illustrated and artist's books). To request seeing objects in the painting and sculpture collection, please contact Louise Laplante, Registrar/Collections Manager at 413.585.2765. Faculty interested in using paintings or sculptures from storage as part of a class visit or assignment may be able to display them in the Winslow Teaching Gallery. For more information, contact Maggie Lind, Associate Educator for Academic Programs at 413.585.2783.
  • Is it possible for my students to get some background information about the works on paper we’ve selected to see?
    Due to staff limitations, we can only provide this kind of information if we receive your request in advance.
  • I’ve never taught with art objects before and would like some assistance. Who should I contact?
    We are happy to help, by phone or in person. Please contact Henriette Kets de Vries, Cunningham Center Manager, at (413.585.2778); or Maggie Lind, Associate Educator for Academic Programs, at (413.585.2783); for assistance in planning your class visit.
  • I’m an art teacher and I would like my students to sketch during our visit; is this allowed?
    Yes. Sketching is allowed in the Cunningham Center. Students may use graphite, colored pencil, and conté crayon. No ink pens, markers, or paints are allowed in the Center. We encourage classes to bring their own paper and drawing boards.
  • Is there seating available in the Cunningham Center?
    Yes, we have stools and chairs available. Tables may be arranged any way you wish. Please let us know your wishes in advance, so that we can have enough chairs on hand and arrange the tables accordingly.