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Vanessa L. Smith


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BIO:  Vanessa L. Smith is a Chicago artist working primarily in ceramics.  She received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1993 and her BFA from The University of Akron, Ohio in 1987, with Honors. Her works are exhibited nationally and can be found in many private collections.  She accepts commissions for both public and private collections.

ARTIST STATEMENT:  My sculpture is about the interconnection between people and ecosystems.  In them I explore beauty, fragility, destruction and regeneration, among other things.  I create individual works that come together in exhibition to form installations.  Recently, my works focus has been to overlay my personal experience with the exploration of water, reef systems, and weather patterns.



1993  School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

         Master of Fine Arts, Degree Awarded May 1993.

1987  The University of Akron, Akron, OH

          Bachelor of Fine Arts, Degree Awarded

          with Honors, Magna Cum Laude 1987

          Major: Ceramics   Minor: Art History



2014 Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL

2011 Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL

2009 Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL

2001 Fine Arts Building Gallery, Chicago, IL


2015 2 person exhibit:  Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL

         Works by: Vanessa L. Smith & Dennis Lee Mitchell

2012 RED DOT MIAMI with Perimeter Gallery, Miami, FL

2012 SOFA Chicago, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL

2011 SOFA Chicago, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL

2011 ART CHICAGO with Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL

2010 SOFA Chicago, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL

2010 Olympia Center Lobby Installation, Chicago, IL

2009 SOFA Chicago, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL

2008 SOFA Chicago, Featured Artist, Perimeter Gallery

2007  All The Difference, Group Ceramic Exhibition,

         University of Akron, Akron, OH

2007  Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL

         Large Sculpture, Summer 2007

2006  Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago, IL 

2005  Living Artists, Group Invitational Exhibition,

         Fine Arts Gallery, Chicago, IL

2004  The More the Merrier, Group Invitational Exhibition,

          Viridian Artists @ Chelsea, New York, NY

2003  Objects of Desire, Group Ceramic Exhibition,

          Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL

2002  SOFA Chicago, Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago, IL

2002  Natural History, Group Exhibition,

         Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago, IL

2001  Member & Guest Exhibition

         Fine Arts Building Gallery, Chicago, IL

1998  New Work, Barat College, Lake Forest, IL

1992  CAA/MFA: Juried Exhibition

          College Art Association,

          School of the Art Institute of Chicago,

          Gallery 2,  Chicago, IL

1989  Artspace

         Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art,

         Cleveland, OH

1988  Faces at SPACES

         SPACES Gallery, Cleveland, OH

1988  Off the Wall

         Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art,

         Cleveland, OH

1988  Three Emerging Artists

          Akron Woman's City Club, Akron, OH

1987  Northeast Ohio Ceramic Invitational

         Cuyahoga Valley Art Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

1987  Women at Work, Juried Exhibition,

          Third Place Award, Perkins Gallery,

          University of Akron, Akron, OH

1987  Artists of Studio 828, Studio 828, Akron, OH

1987  Explore and Discover

         Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH

1986  Drawing in Foundation Studies in Art: Goals

         and StrategiesNational Juried Exhibition,

         Allen R. Hite Art Institute,

         The University of Louisville, Louisville, KY



Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

Gloria & Sonny Kamm, Kamm Teapot Foundation, Sparta, NC

Many private collections throughout the US.

2012  SculptureRelease of the Pearls:  I of the Storm,

         On Record,  Issue:  March 2012, Vol.31, No. 2.

2010  Ceramics Art and Perception, Woven Reef Column,

          Issue:  81, page 115.

2010  New Ceramics:

         The European Ceramics Magazine,

          Woven Reef Column, Fall Issue, page 69.

2010  CS Magazine,  November Issue,

         Objects of Affection,  Jessica Cochranpage 68.

2010  Art Letter, Paul Klein, Letter: 11/4/12.

2009  The Chicago Collection, Fall 2009,

         The Power of Art, Audrey Michelle Mast, page 43.

2005  Living Artists, 3rd ed., Juried publication,

         Ivy Sundell, Crow Woods Publications

2005  Art Beat:  WTTW, Sculptural Art,

         aired 1/14 - 16/05, Exhibition review,

         Artists-In-Residence Exhibition

         Fine Arts Building, Chicago, IL.

2005  Hands in Clay, 5th ed., Charlotte F. Speight

         and John Toki, McGraw Hill.

2002  Sculptural work discussed by Victoria Lautman

          on WBEZ, Program 848, aired 5/28/02,

          Natural History Exhibition, Aron Packer Gallery.

1999  Hands in Clay, 4th ed., Speight and Toki,

         California College of Arts and Crafts,

         Mayfield Publishing Co.