My work, described as figurative narrative, is inspired by my personal experiences, beliefs, and concerns, and an interest in the human experience. The intention is to create empathy or contemplation, conveying motion and emotion, through gesture, expression and color. My use of monumental proportion and fragmentation of the figure focuses the viewer’s attention - in essence magnifying the work and the issue it addresses.
Keith W. Smith is one of the exhibiting artists for ENOUGH VIOLENCE: Artists Speak Out.
Born: Yonkers, NY, 1969
Lives: Atlanta, GA
M.F.A., Ceramics, The University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 1999
B.Sc., Art Education, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD 1994
Golcuk Second International Ceramics Symposium Exhibition, Contemporary Ceramic Arts Museum, Izmit-Değirmendere, Turkey
The Morgan Touch, James E. Lewis Museum, Baltimore, MD
Instructors Exhibition, Penland Gallery, Penland, NC
Social Justice, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
Body and Soul, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
Earth Matters, The Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA
Mish Mash Strikes Back, Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ
Body Perspectives, Funke Fired Arts, Cincinnati, OH
Figuration to Fragmentation, Tuska Center for Contemporary Art, Lexington, KY
Selected Grants and Awards
2011 Artist‘s Choice Award, 8th Annual Centering on Clay Exhibition, Canton, GA
2005 Cultural Enrichment Grant, South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC
Rhodes, Daniel. Clay and Glazes for the Potter. 3rd ed. Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2000.
Schwartz, Judith S. Confrontational Ceramics, Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008.
Tourtillottt, Suzanne. The Figure in Clay. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2005.
Contemporary Ceramic Arts Museum, Izmit-Değirmendere, Turkey
Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama