Saturday, April 29, 2017

Nan's "Unity" Mural to be shown at Baltimore Clay's Diversity Exhibition

Exhibition title: People of Color, People of Clay (an exhibition on diversity) Artist Statement: Unity; a tile mural. I create social narratives through sculpture, installation, and tile. My work with the photomontage on tile generated through original, composited photographs allows me to create complex images that offer the human aspect within a social context. The theme of diversity is new for me and I am addressing it by creating an image reflecting cultural and religious connection in a large tile mural titled, Unity. Photographs from my recent trip to Israel have been composed into a memorable photographic image that shows the unexpected diversity of the Israeli Jewish population. A beautiful panoramic view of the Kotel, the western wall of the historic temple in Jerusalem, is overlaid with photos capturing private moments where Ethiopian, Hassidic, Moroccan, and European Jews stand side by side during the act of prayer. Called the “wailing wall” water flows as a symbol for purification and cleansing. A young soldier wearing a prayer cap stands guard nearby holding an automatic weapon. Location - Baltimore Clayworks 5707 Smith Avenue Baltimore, MD 21209 http://www.baltimoreclayworks.org/ Dates: May 5th, 2017 Exhibition Opening, 6-8 July 1, 2017 Exhibition Closes Gallery Hours: Mondays and Tuesdays - Closed Wednesday- Fridays 10 am - 5 pm Saturdays and Sundays 12 - 5 pm

Nan Smith Awarded UF Mentor Award and UF Term Professor Award

I was honored to received two awards this semester. My mentorship of graduate students has been recognized by a university-wide award. I was nominated secretly by my grad students and I first won the award for the College of the Arts. My file was put forward to the university-wide competition. I was one of six faculty selected campus-wide for this recognition. I received a gorgeous plaque from UF presented in an award ceremony by President Fuchs. I also was awarded a UF Term Professorship for art research excellence. Balancing teaching and research has always been a juggling act. I told my senior colleague Kenneth Kerslake when I was a new faculty member that I wanted to follow in his foot steps and be strong in both areas. This link leads to the mentorship statement. Big thanks to the secret nomination by my dear graduate students. http://graduateschool.ufl.edu/faculty--staff/awards/faculty-doctoral-mentoring-award/2016-2017-mentoring-award-winners/nan-smith.html

Nan Smith in Israel - January 2017

I had a great trip to Israel this past January where I lectured at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, gave a mold-making and sculpture workshop at the Givat Haviva Art Center, and interviewed Technion scientists on water conservation efforts in Israel. I captured some great views of desert areas and waterways to be used for my Water: CodeBlue tile series. I also took photographs at the western wall in the Old City of Jerusalem to be used to create a tile mural. the mural will be exhibited at Baltimore Clay's upcoming exhibition on diversity. The travel research was supported by a research grant for the University of Florida.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

50 Women: A Celebration of Women's Contributions to Ceramics

I am happy to be included in this well orchestrated exhibition opening at the 50th Annual NCECA Conference - Kansas City, MO, hosted by the American Jazz Museum and curated by Tony Merino and Alex Kraft. It was a great surprise to be asked for an image of work for use on the exhibition poster. I am showing new porcelain photo montages titled "Mercury Triptych" and "Summers" Over III (a diptych) along with the Mercury installation video.

Nan's Environmental works Published

The Mercury installation was published this year in some very exciting places. It appeared in CFile Weekly in November of 2014, in Ceramics: Art and Perception's August/September 2015 issue and was featured on the cover of the Muse magazine published by the College of the Arts. John Ward wrote a definitive essay on all of my environmental works (2010-2014) which was published in the June/July/August 2015 Issue of Sculpture. Thanks to Glen Brown for the insightful essay he wrote for Ceramics: Art and Perception. Keep on the look out... more articles are pending oublication in international journals. les

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Nan's Mercury Installation: A Success Story on Stella Color Website

After a very positive experience working with Stella Color to create the mural sized floor piece for the Mercury installation I shared images of the completed installation. The company invited me to become a Success Story and has posted images of Mercury on their website. I am so please with my page on their site and to be included among so many high profile corporations like Starbuck's, Eddie Bauer, North Face and Columbia Sportswear. The link to my page is: http://stellacolor.com/case_study_nansmith.html

Friday, November 7, 2014

Special Visit to Harn Museum with Dr. Andrew Kane, UF Scientist

It was my pleasure to host Dr. Andrew Kane, UF Scientist and Director of the Aquatic Pathobiology Laboratory on a tour of Solo:: Together at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art this week. Andy Kane served as the consulting scientist for the Mercury installation. As such he offered insights into mercury bio-magnification, impacts to fish and the environment. He also was instrumental in introducing me to Israeli scientist, Arik Diamante spurring my tour to Marine Labs throughout Israel. Dr. Kane is an art lover who took ceramics classes while in the doctoral program at The Ohio State University. Yes, we are both OSU alums who only met at UF through this project. His appreciation for art and my inquiry into science have served as a perfect blend for inter-disciplinary exchange. I was really excited for Dr. Kane and his doctoral student Makyba (who took the pictures in this post) to see Mercury in person. Andy has witnessed the project evolve from concept into form. It was exciting for me to share my work and the work of my art colleagues with Dr. Kane. Thanks again Andy, for your ongoing interest, research input, and support!