Education

2013                University of Kansas (With Honors) Lawrence, KS

                                 Master of Fine Arts Metalsmithing/ Jewelry

2008               Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (Summa Cum Laude) Edwardsville, IL

                                 Bachelor of Fine Arts Metalsmithing

                                 Bachelor of Science Art Education

 

Teaching Experience

2018                 Adjunct Instructor Lindenwood University, St.Charles, MO

                                 ART 136 3D Design

2017-2018        Adjunct Instructor East Central College, Union, MO

                                 ART 125 2D Design, ART 251 3D Design, ART 255 Professional Practices

2016                 Adjunct Instructor Front Range Community College, Longmont, CO

                                Art 133, 233, 234, 235 Jewelry and Metalwork I-IV

2015- 2016       Art Teacher Highlands Ranch High School, Highlands Ranch, CO

                                Jewelry I-III, Sculpture I-II

2010- 2015       Lecturer/ Instructor-of-Record University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

                                 ART 132 Fundamentals of Metalsmithing and Jewelry                  

 

Solo, Two-person and Three-person Exhibitions and Performances

2016                Burdensome Performance Art Week, Emmanuel Gallery, Auraria Campus, Denver, CO

2015                The Weight of an Object: iPhone Massachusetts St., Lawrence, KS

                        The Weight of an Object: TOMs shoes Massachusetts St., Lawrence, KS

                        The Weight of an Object: KU t-shirt Massachusetts St., Lawrence, KS

2013                projection…identification…empathy Plenum Space Gallery, Kansas City, MO

                        projection…identification…empathy:  MFA Thesis Art and Design Gallery, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

2009               Concurrent: Artists-in-Residence Exhibition Craft Alliance at Grand Center, St. Louis, MO

 

Selected Group Exhibitions (*Upcoming)

2019*              Domestic Matters: The Uncommon Apron Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton, NJ

2018                Artist in Residence Anniversary Exhibition Craft Alliance Art +Design Center, St. Louis, MO

                        Annual Faculty Show East Central College, Union, MO

2017                Adorned Spaces: Interconnected Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference, Sheraton Hotel, New Orleans, LA

                        Halstead Design Challenge Society of North American Goldsmiths, Online Exhibition

                        Makers: Past + Present Meeting Place Gallery, Lambert International Airport, St. Louis, MO

                        Biennial Faculty Exhibition Craft Alliance Art +Design Center, St. Louis, MO

                        Crafting-a-Future Exhibition Craft Alliance Art +Design Center, St. Louis, MO

2016                Fire + Iron = Art The Curtis Center for the Arts and Humanities, Denver, CO

                        Heating Up:  Artists Respond to Climate Change Percolator, Lawrence, KS

                        Faculty Exhibition Front Range Community College, Boulder County Campus, Longmont, CO

                        Colorado Community College Faculty Art Show Lowry Conference Center, Aurora, C

2015                Douglas County School District Faculty Art Show Douglas County Library, Highlands Ranch, CO

2014                Visual Art Annual Faculty Exhibition Art and Design Gallery, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

2012                Metamorphic: Presentation of Student Work Society of North American Goldsmiths, Phoenix, AZ

                        Directed Visions Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, KS

2011                 Crossing the Spectrum BNIM Architecture Firm, Kansas City, MO

                        Above Average: Recent Work by Decent People Art and Design Gallery, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

2010                Material Juxtaposition Main Street Art Gallery, Edwardsville, IL

2009               Biennial Faculty Exhibition Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO

2008               New Faces of Craft:  Artists from Craft Alliance at Grand Center St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO

 

Selected Juried Exhibitions

2017                Topeka Competition 33 Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, KS

2015                Free State Festival Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, KS

2013                Wearable Art Awards (performance and exhibition) Port Moody Art Centre, Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada

                        How Much Can We Control? Clayton Staples Gallery, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

2012                Juried Summer Show Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA

                        The Body Adorned Society of North American Goldsmiths, Online Exhibition

                        Fusion: Juried Student Exhibition Society of North American Goldsmiths, Phoenix, AZ

                        LibArt University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

                        Connection-Misconnection Juried Student Art Show (juried) Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

                        Crafts National Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University, Topeka, KS

                        Outside/Inside the Box Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

2011                Craft Forms Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

                        Alchemy:  9th International Juried Enamel Student Exhibition (traveling exhibition) Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts,

Gatlinburg, TN; Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN; Metals Museum, Memphis, TN

2010                All Media Juried Show Edwardsville Art Center, Edwardsville, IL

                        Exhibition in Motion Houston Art Museum, Houston, TX

2009               41st Mid-States Craft Exhibition Evansville Museum, Evansville, IN

                        Radiance: A Juried Enamel Exhibition San Diego Enamel Guild, San Diego, CA

                        Surfacing: 12th Biennial International Juried Enamel Exhibition Oakland Gallery, Oakland, CA

                        Double Vision Luke & Eloy Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

2008               Form, Fabricate, and Forge Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

                        National Cup Show Barrett Clay Works, Poughkeepsie, NY

                        Annual Juried Exhibition Jacoby Art Center, Alton, IL

                        Student Art Competition Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL 

  

Grants/ Scholarships

2014                Rocket Grant Charlotte Street Foundation, Spencer Museum of Art, Andy Warhol Foundation, Kansas City, MO

2013                Daniel McMorris Professional Development Award University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

                        School of the Arts Student Travel Award University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

                        School of the Arts Interdisciplinary Grant University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

2012                Wendy Talbot Memorial Scholarship University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

                        Helen Amick Brainerd Scholarship University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

                        Study Abroad Scholarship University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

             Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference Scholarship, Phoenix, AZ

  School of the Arts Student Travel Award University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

2011                 School of the Arts Student Travel Award University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

             Hollander Family Scholarship University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

2008               Provost Tuition Scholarship Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL

 

Awards

2013               First Place Headdress Category Wearable Art Awards, Port Moody Art Centre, Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada

            Juror’s Award How Much Can We Control? Clayton Staples Gallery, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

2011                Juror’s Choice Award Alchemy:  9th International Juried Enamel Student Exhibition, Arrowmont School of Arts

and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN; Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN; Metals Museum, Memphis, TN

2009             NICHE Award Finalist: Fine Jewelry

Thompson Enamel Award Radiance: A Juried Enamel Exhibition, San Diego Enamel Guild

2008             Purchase Award Student Art Competition, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL

2007             Award of Excellence Annual Juried Exhibition, Jacoby Art Center, Alton, IL

Shari Helgen-Huntley Memorial Award in Printmaking/Graphic Design, Art Auction, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL

Wagner Association of Metalsmiths Award Annual Undergraduate Show, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL

 

Artist Residencies and Research

2018              Artist in Residency Program Academy of Entrepreneurship Studies Middle School, St. Louis, MO –

This is a semester long residency in the school to work with the students to create a permanent, large-scale, fibers installation

2012              Art and Photography in Europe:  Paris, Amsterdam, and Berlin with Luke and Mary Anne Jordan, three-week study-abroad class,

University of Kansas

2008-2009  Craft Alliance Art + Design Center, St. Louis, MO

National, juried, nine-month residency

 

Bibliography

Catalogues and Books

2017             “Makers: Past + Present” Brochure, Cover Image, Meeting Place Gallery, Lambert International Airport, St. Louis, MO

                     CAST by Jen Townsend and Renee Zettle-Sterling, Schiffer Publishing, Atglen, PA

2015             Highlike by Electronic Language International Festival, SESI Publishing House

2013             500 Paper Objects by Marthe Le Van and Gene McHugh, Lark Books, Asheville, NC

                     Kiosk 47 Magazine, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

2012             500 Rings by Marthe Le Van and Bruce Metcalf , Lark Books, Asheville, NC

                     “The Heat is On” Conference Program, Annual Conference of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, Phoenix, AZ

2011              “Transformation in Contemporary Enamels:  Alchemy, The Enamelist Society Conference 2011 Juried Exhibitions” Catalogue,

Page 44, 47, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

2010              Anodize!  Colors & Bold Designs for Aluminum Jewelry by Clare Stiles, Lark Books, Asheville, NC

                      NICHE magazine Winter 2010, Page 48, Baltimore, MD.

2009             “Surfacing: The Enamelist Society Conference 2009 Juried Exhibitions” Catalogue, Cover Image, Page 27, Oakland Gallery,

Oakland, CA

“Concurrent: Artists-in-Residence Exhibition” Card, Brochure, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO

                        

Articles, Reviews, and Citations

2014              Highlike” Electronic Language International File, 2014, http://highlike.org/damia-smith/#

                      “Rocket Grants” Charlotte Street Foundation, 2014, http://rocketgrants.org/rocket-grants-projects/the-projects-2014-2015/the-

weight-of-an-object/

2013              Tracy Abeln and Berry Anderson First Friday Hit List and Social Roundup” The Pitch. August 2, 2013.

                      “Damia Smith | projection...identification...empathy | Opening Reception” KC Studio, August 2013.

                      Basketry on the Body “Contemporary Basketry” blog, January 24, 2013, http://contemporarybasketry.blogspot.com/2013/01/

basketry-on-body.html

2009             Jessica Baran “Featured Review:  Concurrent:  Gina Alvarez, Melody Evans, Damia Smith The Riverfront Times. July 29, 2009.

David Bonetti Gina Alvarez, Melody Evans and Damia Smith” The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. August 9, 2009.

 

Volunteer Work and Service

2017              Chair Craft Alliance Diversity Task Force St. Louis

Craft Alliance Art Projects Booth South Grand Fall Festival, St. Louis

Instructor Bright Ideas Expo, St. Louis Science Center

2016              Art Club Sponsor Front Range Community College, Boulder County Campus                            

Volunteer Iron Art Festival, Auraria Campus, University of Colorado, Denver

2013              Installation Assistant Emilio Chapela Perez: Artist in Residence KU Commons, University of Kansas

Volunteer Visual Arts Day University of Kansas

2012              Student Advisory Board Natural History Museum, University of Kansas

2011               Student Differential Committee Visual Art Department, University of Kansas

2010              New Professional Conference Work Exchange Program Going to Extremes, Annual Conference of the Society of North American

Goldsmiths, Houston, TX

2008             Student Work Exchange Directions Unknown, Annual Conference of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, Memphis, TN

2007             Student Volunteer Directions Unknown, Annual Conference of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, Memphis, TN

 

Professional Activities

2017              Contemporary Art Museum Open Studios Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO

Art Demonstrations St. Louis Art Fair, Clayton, MO

Speed Craft Presentation Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO

2015              The Weight of an Object Lecture The Commons, Spooner Hall, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

2011               Artist’s Lecture and Critique Sculpture I Class, Fort Hays University, Hays, KS

Artist’s Lecture Professional Development Class, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Visiting Artist Introduction to Sculpture Class, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

2010              Graduate School Applications Lecture Advanced Metalsmithing Class, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

2009             Artist Talk Craft Alliance at Grand Center, St. Louis, MO

                      Panel Discussion Craft Alliance at Grand Center, St. Louis, MO

2008             Artist Talk Jacoby Art Center, Alton, IL

     

Collections

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Student Success Center Permanent Collection

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Print Collection

 

National Conferences Attended

2017              Nexus: A Connection of Ideas Annual Conference of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, New Orleans, LA

2013              101st Annual Conference College Art Association, New York, NY

2012              The Heat is On Annual Conference of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, Phoenix, AZ

2011               Flux Annual Conference of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, Seattle, WA

Alchemy Biennial Conference of the Enamelist Society, Arrowmont, Gatlinburg, TN

2010              Going to Extremes Annual Conference of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, Houston, TX

2008             Crosscurrents Annual Conference of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, Savannah, GA

2007             Directions Unknown Annual Conference of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, Memphis, TN

                      Blurring the Lines: Art Education and Culture in the Conceptual Age National Convention of National

Art Education Association, New York, NY

2006             Defining Who We Are: The Many Faces of Art Education National Convention of National Art Education

Association, Chicago, IL