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Smith College Museum of Art Receives $2.5 Million Gift from Alumna

The Boston Globe’s Mark Shanahan has written that Charlotte Feng Ford, a 1983 graduate of Smith College, has gifted the school’s museum with $2.5 million for an endowed contemporary art curatorship. Ford is a major art collector based in New York and owns works by Karen Kilimnik, David Hammons, Gabriel Orozco, Alice Neel, and Laura Owens, among others. The museum’s director Jessica Nicoll has stated that the Charlotte Feng Ford Curator of Contemporary Art will, according to Shanahan, “spearhead acquisitions, conduct research, collaborate with faculty and students to organize curriculum-integrated exhibitions, and bring contemporary art practitioners to Smith.”

Said Ford to the Boston Globe, “I spoke with [Smith College] about a donation and I wanted to do something meaningful that would have some impact . . . I hope it will generate a lot of interest from really great candidates, and I think it will have a lot of impact on students. I hope this will be great for the college.”