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

2017                 Instructor East Central College, Union, MO

                                 Art 125 2D Design, Art 251 3D Design

                          Instructor Craft Alliance Art + Design Center, St. Louis, MO

2016                 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       Instructor University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

                                 ART 132 Fundamentals of Metalsmithing and Jewelry

                   2014- 2015       Instructor Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS

                                                    Beginning Jewelry, Textile Techniques in Metal

2008- 2010      Instructor Craft Alliance Art + Design Center, St. Louis, MO

Beginning Metal Design, Enameling

 

Selected Exhibitions                

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                        Free State Festival Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, KS

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

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

                        projection…identification…empathy:  MFA Thesis (solo) Art and Design Gallery, University of Kansas,

Lawrence, KS

                        Wearable Art Awards (juried performance and exhibition) Port Moody Art Centre, Port Moody, British

Columbia, Canada

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

2012                Juried Summer Show (juried) Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA

                        The Body Adorned (juried) Society of North American Goldsmiths, Online Exhibition

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

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

                        LibArt (juried) University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

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

Lawrence, KS

                        Crafts National (juried) Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University, Topeka, KS

                        Outside/Inside the Box (juried) Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

                        Directed Visions Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, KS

 2011                Craft Forms (juried) Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

             Alchemy:  9th International Juried Enamel Student Exhibition (traveling, juried exhibition) Arrowmont School

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

                        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

                        All Media Juried Show (juried) Edwardsville Art Center, Edwardsville, IL

                        Exhibition in Motion (juried) Houston Art Museum, Houston, TX

2009               Concurrent: Artists-in-Residence Exhibition (invitational, three-person show) Craft Alliance at Grand Center,

St. Louis, MO

                        Biennial Faculty Exhibition Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO

                        41st Mid-States Craft Exhibition (juried) Evansville Museum, Evansville, IN

                        Radiance: A Juried Enamel Exhibition (juried) San Diego Enamel Guild, San Diego, CA

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

                        Double Vision (juried) Luke & Eloy Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

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

MO

                        Awards of Excellence 2008 (invitational) Jacoby Art Center, Alton, IL

                        Form, Fabricate, and Forge (juried) Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

                        National Cup Show (juried) Barrett Clay Works, Poughkeepsie, NY

                        Annual Juried Exhibition (juried) Jacoby Art Center, Alton, IL

                        Student Art Competition (juried) 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

Performances

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

2015                The Weight of an Object: TOMS shoes Free State Festival, Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, K

                        The Weight of an Object: the iPhone Interactive Event, Massachusetts St., Lawrence, KS

             The Weight of an Object: TOMS shoes Interactive Event, Massachusetts St., Lawrence, KS

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

2013                projection…identification…empathy Performance, Art and Design Gallery, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

             projection…identification…empathy Performance, Massachusetts St., Lawrence, KS          

 

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               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

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

                        Assistant Mural Arts Project St. Louis Public Schools, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO

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

Memphis, TN

 

Professional Activities

                      2017                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

 

Artist Residencies and Research

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 at Grand Center, St. Louis, MO

                                  National, juried, nine-month residency

 

Collections

Paulette Myers, Private Collection

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Student Success Center Permanent Collection

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Print Collection

 

Professional Affiliations

Enameling Society

Society of North American Goldsmiths

American Craft Council

 

National Conferences Attended

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