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Artist Statement

My ideas about making art are complicated. I tend to work in as many arenas as possible, in hopes that the process of making art continues to maintain breadth, rather than becoming specialized. Reading, writing, performing and teaching all have places in the total oeuvre of my work. It is in the scope and scales of an aesthetic lifestyle that I can significantly position my art.

The human face has been a favorite subject throughout my artistic career. It is an on-going source of inspiration that offers me a multitude of expressive, stylistic and technical possibilities. During the past twenty or more years, I have enjoyed the academic exercises of making portraits – especially through painting, drawing and photography. I use many of the same processes to create landscapes. Since moving back to North Carolina, I have created larger, more abstract paintings, many of which have become colorful, nature-oriented oil on canvas dreamscapes.

In the broader generalist arena, my imagination plays across political, aesthetic, ethical and ideological boundaries, where coincidence can be significant and language poetic. In this sacred space, experiences are often unresolved, esoteric, extremely personal, whimsical yet serious, hazardous and wild.
Dan Smith Curriculum Vitae

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  MFA in Painting, Drawing Minor, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, 1987-1990
  BFA in Painting, Drawing Minor, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, 1974-1978

  • Innovative Artist Grant; United Arts Council of Catawba County, North Carolina, 2007
  • InCarNation: The Hampton Roads 400; North Carolina Regional Artist Grant, 2006
  • The First Peoples Summer Institute for Educators; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2003
  • Passport to India Summer Institute for Educators; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1998
  • Artist Project Grant; South Carolina Arts Commission, Columbia, SC, 1993-1994
  • Artist Development Grant; South Carolina Arts Commission, 1992-1993

  • Art Appreciation Instructor, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, 2011
  • Art Appreciation and Studio Instructor, Caldwell Community College, Hudson, NC, 2010 to present,
  • Studio Art and Humanities Instructor/Assistant Professor, 1990 - 2003: VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) Richmond, VA; Hampton University, Hampton, VA; University of Richmond, Richmond, VA; Thomas Nelson Community College, Hampton, VA; The Visual Arts Center, Tidewater Community College, Portsmouth,VA;
  • Claflin College, Orangeburg, SC 
  • Graduate Assistant/ Instructor, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, 1987 – 1990
  • Staff Photographer/Darkroom Technician, S.C. State Museum, 1987-1990
  • Freelance Artist, Illustrator and Photographer, 1978 to present

  • Art Appreciation; American Civilization & Culture; Art History; Communications & Presentation; Design (Beginning & Intermediate); Drawing (Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced); Figure Drawing; Introduction to the Humanities; Introduction to the Fine Arts; Painting (Beginning , Intermediate , Advanced); Photography (Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced); Printmaking; Western Civilization & Culture (Ancient to Contemporary)

  • The William and Mary Review; The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 1997
  • “A Reconstruction and the Post Civil War Era," American Civilization and Culture from Reconstruction to the Modern Era; Claflin College, Orangeburg, SC. 1995
  • "The Age of Discovery," American Civilization & Culture, Volume I.; Claflin College, Orangeburg, 1994

     One Person Exhibitions
  • MANinfested Destiny: A Reinterpretation of Daniel Boone; Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, August 6 – November 13, 2010
  • Faces of Boone, 2010; High Country Press, Boone, NC, September 2 – October 8, 2010
  • Colored by Nature: Abstracts & Dreamscapes; MESH Gallery, Morganton, NC, July 1 – August 27, 2010
  • InCarNation: The Hampton Roads 400 – A Reinterpretation of John Smith; Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, VA, 2007
  • Colored by Nature: Paintings by Dan Smith; Wilkes Art Gallery, North Wilkesboro, NC, 2006
  • Extended Sites 2000 – My R ME; D.C. Arts Center, Washington, DC, 2000
  • Dan Smith Paintings and Photographs; Southern Lights, Greensboro, NC, One Person Exhibit, 1997
  • InCarNation; Tidewater Community College's Visual Arts Center, Portsmouth, VA, 1996
  • Dan Smith Portraits; The Frame Shop & Gallery, Newport News, VA, 1996
  • Dementia; 409 Gallery, Norfolk, VA, 1996
  • Extended Sites; Anderson Arts Council, Anderson Arts Center, Anderson, SC, 1995
  • Dan Smith Retrospective; The Florence Museum, Florence, SC, One Person Exhibit, 1992
  • Confronting Faith; Havens Gallery, Columbia, SC,  One Person Exhibit, 1992
  • Dan Smith Paintings and Photography; Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, Camden, SC, 1991
  • Mind/Matter; McKissick Museum, Columbia, SC, 1990

     Invited Group Exhibitions
  • The Valley Goes Modern: Abstract and Nonobjective Paintings by Catawba Valley Painters; The Studio, Newton, NC, 2011
  • Supersize Me; Caldwell County Arts Center, Lenoir, NC, 2007
  • 1st Annual Books & Brushes Exhibition; Lenoir-Rhyne College Library, Hickory NC, 2004
  • Faculty Focus; Anderson Gallery, VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University), Richmond, VA, 2003
  • Taos National Choice Watercolor Honor Exhibition; Taos Art Museum, Taos, NM, 1999
  • 9th Annual National Juried Exhibition; Focal Point Gallery, City Island, NY, Two Person Exhibit
  • Remnants: Artista Vista Siteworks; Congaree Vista, Columbia, SC, 1995
  • USC Alumni Anniversary Exhibit; McKissick Museum, Columbia, SC, 1992, 1991
  • South Carolina Expressions; The Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC, 1992
  • USC Professors' Choice; McKissick Museum, Columbia, SC, 1990
  • Lewis and Clark Group Exhibit; Lewis and Clark Gallery, Columbia, SC, 1990
  • AIS Annual Invitational; The AIS Building, Columbia, SC, 1989

     Juried Exhibitions
  • Heaven & Earth 3: Cycles of Return; CCOA (Center on Contemporary Art), Seattle, WA, 2011.
  • The Halpert Biennial; Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, Juried, 2007
  • Plein Air Painting in Caldwell County; Caldwell County Arts Center, Lenoir, NC, 2006
  • Upland: Landscape Interpretations; Waterworks Art Gallery, Salisbury, North Carolina, 2005
  • The Biennial; Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA, 2nd Place Award from Philip Pearlstein, 2003; Juried 2001
  • Philadelphia Watercolor Society’s 100th Anniversary Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper; The Philip and Muriel Bernan Museum of Art at Ursinus College, College Park, PA, 2000
  • 21st Virginia Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibition; Piedmont Arts Association, Martinsville, VA,
  Crestar/Sun Trust Bank, Award, 2000
  • BACA 15th National Juried Exhibition; Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA, 2000
  • Water Media X; Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, CO, 2000
  • By George!; Target Gallery, The Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA, 2000
  • Arizona Aqueous XIV; Santa Cruz Valley Arts Association, Tubac Center for the Arts, Tubac, AZ, Award, 1999
  • Nude ’99; Lexington Art League, Lexington, Kentucky, 1999
  • Juried 1998; Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA, Sculpture Award from Eleanor Heartney, 1998
  • American Watercolorists of 1998; The Stage Gallery, Merrick, NY, 1998
  • 19th Virginia Watercolor Society Jurored Exhibition; The Arts Center of Portsmouth Museums, Portsmouth, VA, 1998
  • Taos National Exhibition of American Watercolor IV; Taos Art Museum, Taos, NM, Juried, Award of Excellence, 1998
  • 173rd Annual Exhibition; National Academy Museum, New York, NY, 1998
  • California Watercolor Association’s 30th Open National Exhibition; Academy of Art San Francisco, CA, 1998
  • Tidewater Art Association Miniatures: The Hermitage; Norfolk, VA, Juried; 1997 & 1998
  • Bay Days; Charles Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, VA; Award of Excellence, 1997
  • Shockoe Bottom Arts Center Exhibition; Shockoe Bottom Arts Center, Richmond, VA Juror’s Choice Award, 1997
  • The Value of Light and Dark; Twentieth Century Gallery, Williamsburg, VA, 1997
  • Triennial '95; South Carolina State Museum; Columbia, SC, 1995; Triennial '92
  • Piccolo Spoleto Juried Exhibition; Charleston Visitor Center, Charleston, SC , 1994
  • South Carolina Watercolor Society 17th Annual Juried Exhibition; Anderson Arts Council, Anderson Arts Center, Anderson, SC, 1994
  • Shelby Artist League Annual Exhibition; Shelby Junior College, Shelby, NC, Award, 1993
  • Rocky Mountain National Watercolor Exhibition; Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO, Award from Janet Fish, 1993
  • River Place Festival Exhibition; Roe Coach Factory, The Peace Center, Greenville, SC, Award, 1993; 1992, Best of Show; 1991, Best of Show
  • Recycled Ideas; Cravens Arts Council and Gallery, Inc., New Bern, NC, 1993
  • 17th Watercolor Art Society - Houston International Exhibition; Transco Gallery, Houston TX, Award, 1993
  • 15th Florence Museum Exhibition; Florence Museum, Florence, SC, Award, 1993
  • 48th National Colorado Springs Art Guild Exhibition; Colorado Springs Art Guild Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO, Award, 1993
  • Southern Visions; York County Museum, Rock Hill, SC, 1992
  • Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts National; Hoyt Institute, New Castle, PA, Juried, Purchase Award, 1992
  • Springs Mills Annual Exhibition and Traveling Show; Lancaster, SC, Award, 1991; Award, 1989
  • South Carolina Watercolor Society's14th Annual Juried Awards Exhibition and Traveling Show; South Carolina State Museum, Columbia, SC, Award, 1991
  • Anderson County Arts Council 16th Annual Juried Exhibition; The Anderson County Arts Council, Anderson, SC, Award, 1991
  • Anderson County Arts Council 15th Annual Juried Exhibition; The Anderson Arts Council, Anderson, SC, 1990
  • South Carolina Crafts Association 9th Annual Juried Awards Exhibition; South Carolina State Museum,
  Columbia, SC, 1989
  • South Carolina Watercolor Society's 12th Annual Juried Awards Exhibition and Traveling Show; South Carolina State Museum, Columbia, SC, Award, 1989
  • 11th Annual Florence Museum of Art Exhibition; Florence Museum, Florence, SC, 1989
  • 38th Annual Guild of South Carolina Artists Juried Exhibition and Traveling Show; Spartanburg Arts Center,
  Spartanburg, SC, Award, 1989

  • From Oakwood to the Universe – A 75th Anniversary Tribute to Oakwood Elementary School; Hickory, NC (9 ft. x 55 ft. mural), 2008
  • Targets IV WWIII; a solo walk from John Wesley Powell’s M Street, Washington DC, home to his Arlington Cemetery grave site, 2002
  • Free Fall: Free Reign; a solo walk/run up 5th Avenue from Ground Zero to Mickey Mantle’s Restaurant, 57th Avenue, NYC, December 2001
  • Artrek; a solo hike of the the Virginia section of the Appalachian Trail, Peninsula Fine Arts Center fundraiser, Newport News, VA (July 20 – August 26, 2001)
  • Wordsmith; The District of Columbia Commission on Arts and Humanities 7th Avenue, Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (performance), 2000
Juror Bio

“He has a truly rare capacity to create portraits with a rich, painterly surface
that render his subjects in a psychologically penetrating way.”
– Teresa Annas, The Virginian Pilot, Norfolk, Virginia

Dan Smith is an artist with a national exhibition record whose goal is to make visual statements that grab the viewer. He will be looking for innovation and expressive qualities that make him pay attention to them when he judges this year’s exhibition. Smith will also share his art-making philosophies and techniques for capturing “the essence” of an individual during his weeklong VWS workshop.

Dan Smith earned BFA and MFA degrees in Painting from East Carolina University and the University of South Carolina, respectively. In 1989, Smith’s first watercolor exhibit entry was selected for the South Carolina Watercolor Society’s exhibition and its travelling component by nationally recognized watercolorist Katherine Chang Liu who stated: “This is not the work of a traditional watercolorist. This work has guts!” 

Since that show, Smith’s artwork, featuring a variety of media, has been showcased in more than 100 exhibitions, including group and one-person invitational and juried exhibitions throughout the United States. One of the jurors who selected Smith’s watercolors for the New York City’s National Academy of Art 173rd Exhibition was Janet Fish, whose artwork is seen in museums and private galleries around the country. In 2003 his watercolor was selected for 2nd place in the Peninsula Fine Art Center’s National Biennial by internationally recognized painter Philip Pearlstein.

Phaedra Greenwood of The Taos News wrote the following about Smith’s award-winning watercolor portrait selected for The Taos National: “Dan Smith’s Seth, a quiet, exquisite portrait of a man, is a masterpiece of techniques that renders the essence of Seth. You can look right into Seth’s green eyes and sense who he is in the highlights and variations in color that speak more than any photograph could.”

During the past twenty years, Dan has taught college level painting, drawing, design and photography studio courses, as well as courses in humanities including art appreciation, American civilization and culture, and western civilization and culture. Before moving to Hickory, NC, where he teaches at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, Dan taught at Virginia colleges, most recently Virginia Commonwealth University and Hampton University.