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College of Fine Arts Research Profiles

Nan Smith
School of Art + Art History

T: 273-3083

College of Fine Arts
University of Florida
101 FAC P.O. Box 115801
Gainesville, Fl 32611-5801

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Research Interests:

Ceramic Sculpture, Figure Sculpture, Installation, Ceramic Art, Ceramic Decals

Research Summary:

Nan Smith’s sculpture has been shown in national and international juried venues and has been published in numerous books and periodicals including feature chapters in “The Figure in Clay” and “World Famous Ceramic Artists Studios”. She has presented workshops on latex mold-making and airbrush for ceramics throughout the United States including the 1999 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference. Smith served as the co-juror for the 2006 NCECA Regional Juried Student Exhibition. Nan Smith’s sculpture is in the collections of The American Express Corporation, The Lamar Dodd Art Center, The Burlington County Community College, and the World Ceramics Exposition Korea International Collection, Ichon, Korea.


Master of Fine Arts, Ohio State University, 1977
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Tyler School of Art/Temple University, 1974


One Person:
2006 The Tim Salen Gallery, The St. Petersburg Clay Company, St. Petersburg, Florida; Series in White
2004 RawSpace at SOFA Chicago
2004, The Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois: Beyond Illusions, juried, international (sponsored by The Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, UF and SOFA) 1997 Rotunda Gallery, Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, Florida: Nan Smith; Contemplative Moments
2010 Moore College of Art Gallery, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Earth Matters; NCECA Ceramics Invitational, curated by Linda Ganstrom, NCECA Exhibitions Director in conjunction with the 2010 NCECA Conference, January - April
2009 Montgomery Hall Gallery, The Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida: Ceramic Invitational Exhibition, January (concurrent with Palm Beach3 exhibitions and events)

Selected Works:

Publications/Book Chapters:
2005 The Figure in Clay: Contemporary Sculpting Techniques by Master Artists, edited by Suzanne Tourtillott, published by Lark Books, Asheville, North Carolina, Through the Eye, author Nan Smith; Color illustrated chapter on Nan Smith’s figure sculpture and studio processes, pages 124-143
World Famous Ceramic Artists’ Studios, Bai Ming, Hebei Fine Arts Publishing House, China, 2005, international, bilingual, Volume 2, Color illustrated chapter on Nan Smith’s figure sculpture, pages 12-27
Periodicals/Feature Articles:
2009 Ceramics Monthly, “Nan Smith: Evoking Nostalgia”, author Glen R. Brown, PhD, Associate Professor, Kansas State University, June/July/August 2009, pages 46 – 49, color illustrated article on Nan Smith’s “White Series”
2001 World Sculpture News, “Articulating Consciousness”, author Glen R. Brown, PhD, Associate Professor, Kansas State University, Volume 7 Number 2 Spring 2001, pages 48 - 50, color illustrated article on Nan Smith’s installations


2000 University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship, College of Fine Arts; competitive award given for excellence in research (awarded for three year term 2000-2003)
1998 Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, Division of Cultural Affairs of the Florida Department of State and the Fine Arts Council of Florida (Also received in 1992, and 1981)
1993 Southern Art Federation/National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowship in Sculpture


2004 Artist’s Residency, Watershed: Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Maine, full funding, Leader for Ceramic Installation Art Session (Also awarded in 1999)
1986 NCECA Emerging Talent, recognized by the National Council for Education for the Ceramic Arts, nominated by Professor Joe Bova, San Antonio Texas


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