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Anthony Smith


Anthony Smith received a B.A. in Fine Arts from Amherst College (1999) and an M.F.A. in Painting from the University of Michigan (2001). He’s shown nationally in “From Here On Out” at Gallery Marzen/ IAG in Madison Wisconsin in 2020, the “Mid-Atlantic Painting 2016” exhibit at the University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, VA in 2016; the 2010 “Sailing the Barbarous Coast” which traveled to Boston and Amherst, Ma and Milwaukee, Wi; and notably the 2008 “Runaway” show at the University of Texas Pan-American Gallery in McAllen TX for which he received a Puffin Foundation grant. In 2022 he will also exhibit in a solo show “Secret Worlds” at the Blair Academy in Blairstown, NJ. Additionally, he has received a Project Stream grant from the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts for the Pilot series of paintings exhibited in the show Dreadnaught at the ArtsQuest SteelStacks Center in Bethlehem, PA in 2018. Internationally he’s shown in the “Tribute to Michelangelo” show at CrisolArts Gallery in Barcelona, Spain in 2013, and in various Pennsylvania exhibitions including the Winter Show at the Bethlehem House Gallery in 2016 and 2019, and in “The New Normal” at Moravian University’s Payne Gallery in 2021. He’s been reviewed in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Detroit Free Press, The Ann Arbor News, and the Artist’s Magazine. Smith has taught at such institutions as the University of Michigan, Parsons, Princeton, and Maryland Institute College of Art. Additionally, he served as artist-in-residence at the National Academy of Design (2006 – 2008), and at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT in 2016 and 2022. Most recently he’s taught at Muhlenberg College in Allentown Pa (2014- 2018) and currently teaches Drawing at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA. He lives in Allentown Pa with a studio at the Banana Factory Art Center in Bethlehem, PA.


I make artwork that’s filled with rich dense spaces. These spaces coalesce into vibrant worlds where I often play out moral, political or philosophical fantasies using calligraphic gestures that feel vaguely calligraphic. I often layer and then erase work I’ve spent hours producing simply to capture the ghost of what came before. I tell stories. I tell stories within stories. I tell stories that are not always meant to be perceived by the viewer. These are my secret work. I always leave a morsel that viewers can grab hold of be it a friendly gesture, appealing color, or familiar image that, like breadcrumbs, I hope leads the viewer on a journey of discovery. I make overwhelming work because the world for me is overwhelming. Then from time to time, and as a respite from the noise, I paint over it all with a happy landscape that thinly masks the cacophony just beneath the surface.



Amherst College, Amherst, MA (1995 - 1999) Granted BA in Fine Arts and Political Science

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (1999 - 2001) Granted MFA in Painting

Kyoto Seika University, Kyoto, Japan, (2001) Study Abroad in Printmaking

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson Vermont, (2016, 2022) artist-in-residence in painting

Academic Experience

Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA (2021-current), Adjunct Professor

Educator responsible for teaching two courses, Drawing 1 and Drawing 3. Both courses focused on rendering from observation with a focus , particularly in Drawing 3, on experimental and collaborative art-making lessons.

Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA (2017-2018), Adjunct Professor

Educator responsible for designing and teaching an introduction to Printmaking course, with a focus on relief, intaglio and silk screen printing and on collaborative art making as well as an Introduction to Basic Drawing course with a focus on experimentation and close observation.

Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA (2014-2015), Visiting Artist

Artist responsible for demonstrating relief printing techniques to undergraduates in the College’s Printmaking 1 and 2 courses working with lead professor in printmaking Associate Professor Emily Orzech.

Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA (2012), Adjunct Professor

Educator responsible for designing and teaching two courses, Drawing 2 and Painting 2 also called Topics in Painting. Both courses focused on experimental and collaborative methods of art making.

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore, MD (2008), Adjunct Professor

Educator responsible for designing and teaching a three credit non-discipline-oriented arts course called “Elements in Visual Thinking” as part of the Foundations department at MICA.

Parsons, The New School for Design, New York, NY (2008), Adjunct-Assistant Professor

Educator responsible for designing and teaching a non-credit Printmaking course to Prospective undergrads for part of Parsons Summer Pre-College Program.

Princeton University, Princeton NJ (2007), Adjunct-Assistant Professor

Educator responsible for designing and teaching Basic Drawing to undergraduates in the universities program in visual arts. Additionally, selected and the “Printmaking Project” artist for the spring of 2007.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (2001- 2002), Adjunct Professor

Educator responsible for co-designing team-taught course “Detroit Connections”. Responsible for course design (open education), syllabus writing, collaboration with school principals, oversight of student teachers, selection of workspaces and locations for artworks, collaboration with other team teachers regarding assignment and grading of student academic work.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (2001), Graduate Student Instructor

Educator responsible for designing and teaching undergraduate Basic Drawing course.

Related Professional Experience

Banana Factory Arts Center, ArtsQuest, Bethlehem, PA, (2016), Art Instructor

Educator responsible for designing and teaching a basic printmaking course with a focus on relief and monotype printmaking.

Oasis Kids Inc. /Oasis Children Inc., New York, NY (2008-2010), Art Instructor

Educator responsible for designing and teaching 2D and 3D art courses at four locations in Manhattan for K-12 students while with Oasis Kids. With its sister organization Oasis Children, educator responsible for teaching summer arts course at PS 38 in East Harlem to K-9 students.

National Academy of Design, New York, NY (2006-2008), Teaching Artist and Artist-in-Residence

Teaching Artist responsible for coordinating after school arts program for at risk K-12 students at Jackson Avenue Family Residence in the Bronx in 2007-2008. Artist-in- residence at James Weldon Johnson School PS57 responsible for designing and teaching after school arts program for middle school aged students.

Studio Assistant to Tony Grey, New York, NY (2003)

Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) Ann Arbor, Michigan (2000-2001)

Educator responsible for facilitating recreational arts programming for prisoners in Jackson Michigan area corrections facilities,

Other Professional Experience

Home Depot Allentown PA (2014 to 2021) Customer Service Associate

Security Council Report (Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs) New York, NY (2006) Administrative Assistant

Responsible for providing comprehensive administrative support to the Executive Director and Director of Research of the Security Council Report. Assisting in posting content to SCR website. Providing for office support and performing data entry into contact database and daily news database, as well as maintaining publication distribution lists (print, fax and electronic).

The New York Times, New York, NY (2002 to 2006), National Desk Research Associate

Associate and clerk for the National Desk responsible for preparing articles for editorial review. Additionally, responsible for database management and graphic design for the New York Times submission to the Society for News Design and the Pulitzer Prize.

Michigan Federation of Teachers, (Lecturers Employee Organization), (2001), Organizer

Responsible for the recruitment of Lecturers and Adjunct faculty in the University of Michigan system for a proposed union to support the interests of part time faculty at U-M



Romano Gallery, Blair Academy, Secret Worlds, Blairstown, NJ


Romano Gallery, Blair Academy, Hidden Worlds, Blairstown, New Jersey


Payne Gallery, Moravian University, The New Normal, Bethlehem, PA

Crayola Gallery, Banana Factory, Artist-in-residence Exhibition, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Gallery Marzen, From Here on Out, Madison, Wisconsin


Crayola Gallery, Banana Factory, Artist-in-residence Exhibition, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

The Williams Center Gallery Lafayette University, Bittersweet Passing, Easton, PA


The Bethlehem House Gallery, The Holiday Show, Bethlehem, PA

Crayola Gallery, Banana Factory, Artist-in-residence Exhibition, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Crayola Gallery, Banana Factory, Compendium Annual Exhibition, Bethlehem, PA

Soft Machine Gallery, Release, Allentown, Pennsylvania


Gallery on the Walk, Landscapes, Cityscapes, Faces & Places, Allentown, PA

Gallery 840, Around the Valley, Allentown, PA

MarketView Arts, Generations, York, Pennsylvania

Steelstacks ArtQuest, Dreadnought, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Crayola Gallery, Banana Factory, Land(scape), Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

The Bethlehem House Gallery, The Printmakers Show, Bethlehem, PA

Crayola Gallery, Banana Factory, Artist-in-residence Exhibition, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania


Crayola Gallery, Banana Factory, Artist-in-residence Exhibition, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania


Ridderhof Martin Gallery, Mid-Atlantic New Painting 2016, Fredericksburg, VA

Bank Street Gallery, Inchoatic, Easton, PA

The Bethlehem House Gallery, The Winter Show, Bethlehem, PA

Artist-in-residence Exhibition, Crayola Gallery, Banana Factory, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Re-Find of Easton, Love is in the Air, Easton, PA

Gallery 415, Condensation, Catasauqua, PA

Studio B Gallery, Cultivate Show, Boyertown, PA

Lebanon Gallery, Two Person Show (Anthony Smith Jr. and Melissa Perhamus), Lebanon, PA


Crayola Gallery Banana Factory, Artist-in-residence Annual Show, Bethlehem, PA

Rotunda Gallery, 2nd Annual Exhibition of the Printmakers of the Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem, PA

Bank Street Gallery, “Qisma” Easton, Pennsylvania

Ann Arbor Art Center, “Art Now: Painting 2015”, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Re-Find of Easton, “Vampires, Race and Other Sources of Inspiration”, Easton, Pennsylvania

Connexion Gallery, “A Bunch of Bananas” and “The Holiday Show”, Easton, Pennsylvania

Civic 514 Gallery, “Solo Show”, Allentown, Pennsylvania


Scope Art, “Art Takes Miami”, Miami Beach, Florida

Metrospace Gallery, “{___+____}, {____+____}, {____+____}: A Collage Show”, Lansing, MI

State Theater, “Arts Community of Easton Fall Show”, Easton, Pennsylvania

Art on Astor Row, “The Sum of Histories”, Harlem, New York

The Detroit Center, The University of Michigan, “The UpstART Festival”, Detroit, MI

The University of Michigan School of Social Work, “Social Justice Art Festival”, Ann Arbor, MI

The Andrew Freedman Home, “Artist Chain Reaction Competition”, Bronx, New York


Crisolart Gallery, “Tribute to Michelangelo”, Barcelona, Spain

“FUSE Art Infrastructure’s Cigar Factory Installation”, Allentown PA

“FUSE Art Infrastructure’s Schoern’s Building Installation”, Allentown, PA

Eiffe Gallery Moravian College, “New Bridge Group Summer Group Show”, Bethlehem, PA

Allentown Art Works, “The Ode to Water”, Allentown, Pennsylvania

SpaceWomb Gallery, “Affordable Art Show”, New York, New York


Gallery Project, “Grammar of the Elite”, Ann Arbor, Michigan


New Art Center in Newton, University Galleries, Walker Point Art Center, “Sailing the Barbarous Coast”, Newton, Massachusetts; University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, Milwaukee, WI


Gallery Project, “Race”, Ann Arbor, Michigan


The University of Texas Pan-American Gallery, “Runaway”, McAllen, Texas


Gallery Project, “Identity and Expression”, Ann Arbor Michigan

Spensertown Academy Arts Center, “On Your Mark”, Spensertown, NY

Rainy River Exhibit Hall, Three Graphic Narratives, International Falls, MN

ALL (Arts and Literature Laboratory) Gallery, “Loud”, New Haven, CT


National Academy of Design, “181st Annual Exhibition”, New York, NY

The University of Texas Pan-American Gallery, “Duality: La Muerte y La Vida” McAllen, Texas

Art League of Long Island, “On Paper/Of Paper”, Dix Hill, New York

555 Gallery, “Terms of Use”, Detroit, Michigan

Arlington Center for the Arts, “Disarmed”, Arlington, Massachusetts


New Art Center in Newton, “Icograms”, Newton, Massachusetts

The 'temporary Museum of Painting, “The Impermanent Collection II”, Brooklyn, New York


Studio Museum of Harlem, “Harlem World”, New York, NY


Studio 4 West, “Anniversary Exhibition”, Piermont, New York


Houston Memorial Museum, “CWA National Multimedia Juried Show”, Huntsville, Texas

Reviews and Criticism

Sommers, David, “Anthony Smith Interview”, Lehigh Valley Gay Journal, Fall 2020

Silliman, Marian, “Anthony Smith Jr: A Dystopian Journey”, The Easton Irregular, Summer, 2016

Smith, Anthony Jr., “Making a Mark” International Review of African American Art: Norman Lewis Special Edition, 2/ 2016

Tanyanika Samuels “A Tag-Team Art Competition Launches in the Bronx” The Wall Street Journal, 3/7/2014

Rafael Francisco Sala, ““Sailing the Barbarous Coast” at WPCA” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7/6/2010

Faye Whitbeck, “Artist exhibit at RRCC represents diverse and impressive background”, The Daily Journal, International Falls, MN, 4/5/07

Lisa Wurster, “25 under 40”, (profile of work), The Artist’s Magazine, 3/2007

Christine Temin, “With disparate views, they vividly evoke city life,” (review of show at New Art Center, Newton, MA), The Boston Globe, 4/20/2005

Denise Taylor, “Dance and politics mix; a spring fling in Framingham,” (preview of show at New Art Center, Newton, MA) The Boston Globe, 4/15/2005

Herbert Muschamp, “Metaphors Rise In Harlem Sky,” (review of show at Studio Museum in Harlem) The New York Times, 2/13/2004

Keri Guten Cohen, “Moodiness cements a strong, tight show,” (review of show at Paint Creek Center for the Arts, MI) Detroit Free Press, 9/10/2001

Grants, Awards, Institutional Commissions, and Acquisitions

Aesthetics Inc, PSH Hamden Medical Center Commission, 2020

Integrated Art Group, Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest, “Summer in Laury’s Station” Acquisition, Allentown PA 2020

Hindle Power, Mural Commission, Easton, PA 2019

Lehigh Valley Arts Council, PPA Project Stream Grant recipient 2017

VisualAIDS, art materials grant, 2016, 2017, and 2021

National Academy of Design, artist-in-residence grant, 2006-2008

Puffin Foundation, Artist Grant, 2007

University of Michigan, Rackham Discretionary Fellowship (2001), The Redstone Award (2001), Rackham Merit Fellowship (1999-2001)

Amherst College, The Obed Finch Slingerland Memorial Prize (1999), The Athanasios Demetrios Skouras Prize (1999), Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship (1999)


Anthony Smith Jr., The Banana Factory Art Center, 25 W 3rd St studio #242, Bethlehem, PA (studio), 42 N West St. Allentown, PA 18102 (residence),