About the Artist
Keith Wallace Smith is a figurative sculptor and educator working primarily in ceramics and cast metal. He received a bachelor of science in art education at Morgan State University and went on to attend graduate school at The University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he received a MFA in 1999. He is currently the head of the ceramics department at Kennesaw State University.
Prior to his tenure at Kennesaw State University Smith’s teaching and administrative experience has included positions as associate educator for the Baltimore Museum of Art, program coordinator of Art in State Buildings and teaching lab specialist at The University of Florida. He also received positions as visiting assistant professor at Georgia Southern University and lecturer/technician at Northern Kentucky University.
Smith’s work employs the use of varied scale, fragmentation and gesture to approach the figure; he shares his process and handbuilding techniques with students and the general pubic through teaching and workshops. His work is included in the collection of the Montgomery Museum of Art, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, and in several teaching collections throughout the southeast such as Florida Atlantic University, Georgia Southern University and Appalachian State University.
Smith continues to exhibit regionally and nationally, his work has been published in Confrontational Clay by Judith Shwartz, The Figure in Clay by Suzanne Tourtillottt, 500 Figures in Clay: Ceramic Artists celebrate the Human Form by Veronika Gunter, “Poetic Expressions of Morality: Figurative Ceramics From The Porter/Price Collection” and Clay and Glazes for the Potter by Daniel Rhodes.