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!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Gallery Talk on Mercury installation at the Harn Museum

I was pleased to present a lecture on my new installation titled, Mercury currently on display in Solo/Together at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. This was open to the public and it was a pleasure to share the indeas and research used in development of Mercury with museum goers, and university students. Prior to the talk I met some youngsters who had great questions about the art work. Mercury will be on exhibit through January 5, 2015. If you are in the area please stop by and see the installation. This installation continues my work based on environmental conservation.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Art and Conservation

I just returned from a statewide conference initiated by the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs to focus on art as a vehicle for environmental conservation. I presented my recent sculptures based on environmental impacts to land and water at "Convening Culture - Connecting the Arts with Environmental Conservation". I presented installations, sculptures, and photography based on research conducted at Israel's marine labs, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and based on information gathered from UF scientists. Pictured below is my sculpture "Spill" one of the artworks featured in my conference powerpoint presentation.

Nan's Florida State College Visiting Artist Gig

I just presented a workshop demonstrating the figure sculpting and casting techniques used in my art practice at the Florida State College in Jacksonville, Florida (February 5th). I presented a full day of demonstrations to sculpture ceramics and drawing students who were great. After the demo I wrapped up with an artist's lecture detailing the development of my sculpture and installations; social narratives that have focused on spirituality, feminine nostalgia, and currently environmental conservation. The audience asked insightful questions and I tuely enjoyed thier engagement and seeing what is happening at Florida State College. I
was invited as a visiting artist as part of the "All Florida Ceramics Invitational" in which the work of UF Ceramics faculty, staff, and graduate students is on display. "Margaret" is the sculpture on display and she is positioned in the center of the South Gallery. Great to be in the company of UF folks and artists from FAU, FSU, UNF and FSC.