The producing and performing arts play an important role in the intellectual and cultural aspirations of the college and the education of the whole person. At Smith, the arts have a long history of helping students generate a sense of belonging, encouraging them to think creatively, encouraging diverse perspectives, developing new habits of the mind, and offering new modes of discovering one’s voice. SmithArts aims to make visible all the opportunities to engage and strengthen the presence of art and artists on campus, allowing students to discover new avenues for advancing their creativity in ways that will enrich their future, no matter what field they pursue.
The Bell Jars
The Bell Jars: Lyman Conservatory and Sylvia Plath’s Botanical Imagination is a new, original exhibit in Lyman’s Church Gallery. The exhibit explores Plath’s interactions with Lyman, her time studying botany at Smith and how those experiences influenced the botanical images and symbolism that run throughout her work. Using archival materials from the college’s special collections and archives, and Plath’s literary work as a guide, this exhibit invites visitors to inhabit Lyman as Plath once did and to explore Plath’s botanical imagination through the arts, humanities and sciences.
The exhibit runs from September 15, 2023, through June 28, 2024.
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