Fan Jeremy Zhang. The Asian Collection at the Smith College Museum of Art: A Centennial Review
Established in 1871, Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, was among the first women’s colleges in the US to include the study of fine arts in its curriculum. Its art school was founded in 1882 and a year later its new art gallery was dedicated to Winthrop Hillyer (1803-83), a local businessman who bequeathed a fund to support it. In 1886 the college invited Dwight William Tryon (1849-1925), a successful American landscape artist, to instruct students and advise on art acquisitions. During his 37-year tenure at Smith, Tryon took a lead in educating women artists and establishing a first-tier college art museum in America.