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"Art is alchemy. Alchemy is the magic, observation, process and ritual of life. My sculptures, both virtual and actual, are conversations regarding the archetypal forms that are the basic structures of nature. I build alien abstract worlds that become familiar through frequent immersion. These worlds are constructed to open exploration to the deepest regions of the human psyche for development within the landscape of the imagination."

Robert Michael Smith

Sculpture, 3-D Digital Art, Web Design and Broadcast

Robert Michael Smith is a sculptor, 3D digital artist, Web Designer and professor of sculpture, 3D computer visualization/animation, desktop publishing, Web design, and philosophy of aesthetics at New York Institute of Technology Fine Arts Department at Old Westbury and Manhattan campuses.

Smith is also Web Director of for The International Sculpture Center, the premier Website for all information regarding sculpture.

Smith is a member of the Board of Directors for the SIGGRAPH/NYC chapter and President of The Sculptors Guild. He is also a member of the Washington Sculptors Group and Philadelphia Sculptors.

Smith previously taught at Pratt Institute, School of Visual Arts, The New School for Social Research, Parsons School of Art & Design, University of the Arts, The Sculpture Center, University of North Dakota, University of Hawaii at Manoa, and San Jose State University.

Smith has lectured on his sculpture and digital work at several major international conferences including ISEA95 Montreal (International Society of Electronic Arts); International Sculpture Conferences - 1992 Philadelphia, 1994 San Francisco, 1996 Providence, 1998 Chicago, 2000 Houston, 2001 Pittsburgh; SCAN conferences - Philadelphia 1992, 1995,1996,1997, 2000; InterSculpt99, French Senate, Paris, France; 1991 Central Time Zone Sculpture Conference, FermiLab, Batavia, lllinois; and three lectures during 1999-2000 for SIGGRAPH/NYC. He was also a Committee Coordinator for the Rapid Prototyping section at The Studio, SIGGRAPH2000, New Orleans, LA.

Smith has also lectured as a guest artist at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio; University of Minnesota at Minneapolis/St. Paul; University of Alabama at Birmingham; Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Nebraska; University of Washington at Seattle; Eastern lllinois University, Charleston, lllinois; Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas; La Coste School for the Arts, La Coste, France; Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Hawaii; and University of Texas at San Antonio.

Smith wrote an article about 3D computer visualization for sculptors in Maquette magazine, September 1993, an article about VRML (Virtual Reality Modeling Language) for Sculpture magazine, May/June, 1996, and an interview with sculptors who use computers, Sculpture magazine, July/August, 1996.

Smith's work has been included in several international articles regarding digital sculpture and art including:

  • Leonardo Special Issue, Vol. 33 #5 2000; Eighth Digital Salon Exhibition catalog; The MIT Press;
  • "Fluid Borders: The Aesthetic Evolution of Digital Sculpture", ISC Web Special by Christiane Paul, editor of Intelligent Agent and Web curator at the Whitney Museum; 1999;
  • "La sculpture numerique", by Christian Lavigne, Computer Arts, Sept. 98 (French);
  • "T+I Virtuelle Kunst: Maus statt Staffelei", by Bernd Hendrick, Wirtschafts Woche, September 9, 1997 (German);
  • "Millennium Auction Project", ARTnews, February, 1995

Smith's work during 1993-94 as a 3D computer modeler, script developer, and art historian on the creative team for the interactive CD-ROM game, Millennium Auction, contributed significantly to the critical acclaim and award winning status achieved by this pioneer multimedia production.

Smith has received sponsorship from several electronic companies such as Mastercam, VRex, Inc., Dimensional Media Associates, and SMART Technologies to develop sculpture courses utilizing digital technologies.

Smith's sculptures and digital art have been exhibited extensively worldwide including:

  • 2000 New York Digital Salon, Visual Arts Museum, New York, NY (travelling exhibition)
  • 2000 Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA
  • 2000 Spectra Digital Arts Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1999 "InterSculpt99", Paris, France; Manchester, England; Hong Kong, China; Cleveland, OH; Tempe, NM
  • 1999 Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
  • 1999 SCAN Exhibition, Silicon Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1999 "Digital Spectrum", Spectra Digital Arts Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1999 Long Beach Island Foundation, Loveladies, NJ
  • 1999 "POD1: Prints On Demand by Digital Artists", Vibrant Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1998 SCAN Exhibition, Silicon Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1998 "The Art of Digital Technology", Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, San Jose, CA
  • 1997-98 "imagined / output", The Rubelle & Norman Schafler Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; Pratt/Manhattan Gallery, Puck Building, New York, NY
  • 1997,95 "Intersculpt", Silicon Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Gallerie Graphe, Paris, France
  • 1997,96,95,94 Sculpture Center Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1996 "In Celebration of 50 Years of the Computer", Silicon Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1994-1995 Solo Exhibition, Fine Arts Center Gallery, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
  • 1993 "1st New York Digital Salon", Art Directors Club, New York, NY
  • 1990 "Robert Michael Smith and Connie Lowe", Anderson & Anderson Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
  • 1989 - 1990 "China - June 4,1989", Blum Helman Warehouse; Asian American Arts Center; P.S. 1, New York, NY
  • 1989 - 1990 Sculpture Tour, University of Tennessee / Knoxville
  • 1988 Solo Exhibition, The Rourke Art Gallery, Moorhead, MN
  • 1988 Solo Exhibition, Mind's Eye Gallery, Dickinson State University, Dickinson, ND
  • 1988 Wesleyan Centennial Sculpture Exhibition, Nebraska Wesleyan University / Lincoln
  • 1988 "The Art of Cast Iron: Contemporary Sculpture", University of Alabama / Birmingham
  • 1987 "A Decade of Sculpture by Robert Michael Smith", The Plain's Art Museum, Moorhead, MN
  • 1986 Solo Exhibition, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND
  • 1984 Newcastle Festival Fringe, Queen's Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
  • 1983 "Mostra Delle Artiste Giovane di Versilia", Galleria Arte Moderna, Forte di Marmi, Italy
  • 1982,80 "Sculpture Hawaii", AMFAC Plaza Exhibition Room, Honolulu, HI
  • 1981,79 31st & 29th Annual "Artists of Hawaii", Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI
  • 1981 Solo Exhibition, The Beuret Gallery, Honolulu, HI
  • 1979 Solo Exhibition, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

Robert Michael Smith runs a computer design, animation, and Web authoring company:

954 Lexington Ave., #269
New York, NY 10021
Phone: 212-388-8051

















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