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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 showed nationally in 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. 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 ArtQuest 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. 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 2020. Most recently he’s taught at Muhlenberg College in Allentown Pa (2014- 2018). 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.


Anthony Smith, Jr. 25 W. 3rd St studio #245, Bethlehem, PA (studio), (610) 533-3110 (Mobile) 655 Burke Ave Apt 4I, New York, NY 10467 (residence)

Selected Shows

2014: Scope Art, “Art Takes Miami”, Miami Beach, Florida; Metrospace Gallery, “0, 0, 0: 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

2013 • Tribute to Michelangelo, Crisolart Galleries, Barcelona, Spain • New Bridge Group Summer Group Show, Eiffe Gallery, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA • The Ode to Water, Allentown Art Works, Allentown, Pennsylvania • Affordable Art Show, SpaceWomb Gallery, New York, New York 2012 •Grammar of the Elite, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, Michigan 2010 •Sailing the Barbarous Coast, New Art Center in Newton, Newton, Massachusetts; University Galleries, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA; Walker Point Art Center, Milwaukee, WI 2009 •Race, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, Michigan 2008 •Runaway, The UTPA Gallery, McAllen, Texas 2007 •Identity and Expression, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor Michigan •On Your Mark, Contemporary Drawing, Spensertown Academy Arts Center, Spensertown, NY •Three Graphic Narratives, Rainy River Exhibit Hall, International Falls, MN •Loud, ALL (Arts and Literature Laboratory) Gallery, New Haven CT 2006 •181st Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, Manhattan •Duality: La Muerte y La Vida, The UTPA Gallery, McAllen, Texas •On Paper/Of Paper, Art League of Long Island, Dix Hill, New York •Terms of Use, 555 Gallery, Detroit, Michigan •Disarmed, Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington, Massachusetts 2005 •Icograms, New Art Center in Newton, Newton, Massachusetts •The Impermanent Collection II, The 'temporary Museum of Painting, Brooklyn, New York 2004 •Group Show, Harlem World, Studio Museum of Harlem, Manhattan 2001 •Anniversary Exhibition, Studio 4 West, Piermont, New York 2000 •CWA National Multimedia Juried Show, Houston Memorial Museum, Huntsville, Texas

Reviews and Criticism

• 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 and Awards

• Puffin Foundation Grant Recipient, 2007 • Rackham Discretionary Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2001 • The Redstone Award, University of Michigan, 2000 • Rackham Merit Fellowship, University of Michigan, 1999-2001


• Kyoto Seika University, Kyoto, Japan, (2001) Study Abroad in Printmaking • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (1999 - 2001) MFA in Painting • Amherst College, Amherst, MA (1995 - 1999) B A in Fine Arts and Political Science

Anthony Smith Jr. • 1536 Walnut Street, Allentown, Pa 18102 (studio)• 655 Burke Ave Apt 4I, New York, NY 10467 (residence) • [email protected]