Alliance of HBCU Museums & Galleries

HBCU Student and Mentor’s Institute in Technical Art History (SMITAH) 2023 Program

The Alliance of HBCU Museums and Galleries is partnering with Yale Center for British Art and Yale University Art Gallery


HBCU SMITAH is a one-week introduction to conservation and technical art history. With the overarching theme of “light,” students will go behind the scenes at these museums to explore topics related to the materiality of art materials. Students will try their hand at conservation treatments and attend a keynote event by an artist in conversation with a conservator.

The program will provide the following:

  • Travel to and from New Haven, CT. 
  • Housing at Yale for the week. 
  • Stipend to cover meals and incidentals during the internship period. 

Photo credit: Jessica Smolinski


  •  Explore what the materials of objects can tell us about their identity and meaning.
  •  Gain an introduction to the fields of technical art history and art conservation.
  •  Become familiar with museum conservation studios and laboratories and get a feel for the nature of conservation work.
  • Learn how Yale’s museums sit in the museum and new Haven Community.

Who Should Apply?

Students interested in material culture. Students who have an interest in conservation are encouraged to apply, as are visual artists, art historians, and anyone else who relates to this material.

Important Dates

  • Application Deadline.
  • Students will be informed of the status of their application by emailing them.
  • The program will take place from 3 – 9 June 2023. (Please anticipate travel to take place the day before and the day after the program dates and students involved in the Bard program will not be able to leave early to participate in SMITAH.)

Application Closed

Please email any questions to:

Thank you to our generous sponsor, the Kress Foundation.