Keith W. Smith

Artist Statment

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 FloridaGainesville, FL, 1999

B.Sc., Art Education, Morgan State UniversityBaltimore, MD 1994


Selected Exhibitions


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


Selected Publications

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.


Selected Collections

Contemporary Ceramic Arts Museum, Izmit-Değirmendere, Turkey

Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama