CFA Faculty Biography

Nan Smith
School of Art + Art History
Specialization: Ceramics

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With a background in ceramics, sculpture and painting, Nan Smith has created a tangible sense of the contemplative within her figurative tableaus. Smith received her BFA from the Tyler School of Art and her MFA from The Ohio State University.

She has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts regional award for Sculpture sponsored by the Southern Arts Federation, three Florida Individual Artists\\' Fellowships and residencies at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. Smith was awarded The University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship in the College of Fine ArTs in 2000. Her work is in major collections in this country and abroad, including the WOCEK International Ceramics Collection housed at the Ichon Ceramics Center in Korea, the American Express/IDS Corporation in Minneapolis and the Lamar Dodd Center at the La Grange College.

Selected recent exhibitions include: "The International Ceramics Invitational", The Armory Art Center, "Florida Fire", The Florida Craftsmen Gallery, "Extraordinary Characters", The Strecker-Nelson Gallery, "Body Perspectives", Tom Funke Gallery - 2009, "Full and Spare; Ceramics in the 21st Century", The Florida State Musuem of Art - 2008, "NCECA Clay National Biennial", Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, "The Narrative Figure", The Ellipse Art Center Gallery, "Form and Imagination: Women Ceramic Sculptors", The American Museum of Ceramic Art - 2007, "Pygmalion\'s Gaze ReImagined; The Figure in Contemporary Ceramics", Creative Alliance Gallery - 2006, Sofa Chicago; RawSpace, Watershed Inivitaitonal, Thomas R. Riley Galleries in 2005, 2004, "21st Century Ceramics in United States and Canada", Cazani Center Gallery, "Taking Measure: American Ceramic Art at the New Millenium", World Cermaic Exposition, Yeoju, Korea, "Beyond the Physical: Substance, Space and Light", The Storr\'s Gallery - 2001, "A Glimpse of the Invisible; NCECA Invitational", Arvada Art Center Gallery - 2000.

Solo exhibitions include: The Tim Salen Gallery, Hand Workshop, The Appleton Museum of Art.

Her figure sculpture and installations are featured in chapters in two books: "The Figure in Clay: Contemporary Sculpting Techniques by Master Artists", a Lark Publication, 2005, and World Famous Ceramic Artists\\' Studios, Volume of America (2), Hebei Fine Arts Publishing House, 2005. Her recent work was presented in a feature article titled "Nan Smith: Evoking Nostalgia"  written by Glen R. Brown, PhD, in the June 2009 issue of Ceramics Montlhy magazine.

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