The Artist

Nan Smith is known for her contemplative installations and figure sculptures, which synthesize sculpture-often life-size figures-with digital photomontages. Over the years she has explored social narratives that reflect her interest in spirituality, nostalgia, and most recently, environmental issues.


Raised in Philadelphia’s rich visual and cultural environment, Nan’s interest in universal connections, sculpture and painting began early. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Tyler School of Art and a Master of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University. She holds degrees in Ikebana and Japanese Tea Ceremony from the Japan House at the University of Illinois.

Nan Smith lives in Gainesville, Florida where she maintains her private studio and holds the position of tenured Full Professor within the Ceramics Program at the University of Florida’s School of Art and Art History. On the faculty since 1979, she has served as the Ceramics Program Area Head and has received two awards for teaching excellence from the University of Florida. She has also taught at the University of Illinois and Ohio State University. Nan Smith has presented workshops on figure sculpting and mold-making throughout the United States, including the 1999 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference.

Her sculpture has been exhibited at SOFA Chicago, The American Museum of Ceramic Art, The Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts and in invitational exhibitions throughout the United States. Nan’s work is also part of many institutional collections, including The American Express Corporation; The Lamar Dodd Art Center; The Givat Haviva Institute’s Art Center in Israel; and the World Ceramics Exposition Korea International Collection in Ichon, Korea. She has been the recipient of four State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship Grants, an NEA-funded Southern Arts Federation Fellowship in Sculpture, and a University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship. Her sculpture has been presented in numerous publications, including The Figure in Clay (Lark, 2005); 500 Figures in Clay (Lark, 2004), World-Famous Ceramic Artists Studios (Hebei Fine Ats Publishing House, 2004), Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics: Art and Perception, Sculpture, World Sculpture News, and China Ceramic Artist, as well as more than 30 other books and periodicals.



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