Exhibitions and Collections

The Smart Museum of Art’s voice is defined through its exhibitions and collections. Smart curators work with community and scholarly partners to gather diverse perspectives that inform an ambitious exhibitions program and increasingly robust collection, reflective of the global world.

Exhibitions provide a seminar-style space for discussion and critical debate. Exhibitions are presented to offer an expanded view of the world community through art, highlighting areas of art history that have, traditionally, been underrepresented.

Building upon the already expansive collection of Asian, European, modern, and contemporary art, the Smart looks to tell a more inclusive story and rethink accepted art historical narratives.

Recent investments in expanding the expertise of curatorial staff and strong partnerships with interdisciplinary thinkers advance the growth of a diversified collection offering unending potential for enhancing intellectual life.

You can strengthen the Smart’s ability to continue serving as a leader in the arts, through endowed gifts for named curatorships and support that develops new professional pathways for art historians from underrepresented backgrounds; allow the Smart to push the boundaries of a typical university museum through exhibition and publication sponsorships; and provide a more well-rounded art historical narrative through planned gifts of art.