BIOGRAPHY

Nelson Smith has received wide-spread recognition for his work as a painter and sound artist. He has been awarded four state Michigan Council for the Arts Individual Artist Grants, the national Art Matters grant, several artist residencies including a Residency Fellow at Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ireland, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Senior Artist in Residence, Harvestworks (New York), Vermont Studio Center, and many other honors and commissions. Smith's work reveals his ongoing exploration of relationships between objects/images, language, and sound. Whether working with the surface of a painting or with an installation environment, he integrates his vocabulary of images, texts, schematics, sounds, and objects into a variety of inventive distinctive compositions. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He studied with Agnes Denes, George Ortman, and George Olson. His paintings are included in many significant public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art's Artist Book Archive and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Besides composing for his own installation and performance productions, his sound designs and scores have also been commissioned for the films and performance works of Sue Carman-Vian, among others. His installation and performance works have been presented in a variety of galleries and non-traditional art spaces in Detroit, New York, and Cleveland.

Education

 

1980  Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

      MFA in painting with studies in printmaking

1977  College of Wooster, Wooster, OH

       BA in fine arts with studies in music

       Netta Strain Scott Prize in Art

1976  Apprenticeship with artist Agnes Denes in New York, NY

 

Professional EXPERIENCE

 

2008 - Present

Instructor of Art, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

     2008-2011

      Visiting Artist Coordinator

1994 - 2007

Department of Art, Marygrove College, Detroit, MI

2005 - 2007

Chair, Department of Art, Associate Professor of Art

2002 - 2005

Assistant Professor of Art, Marygrove College

2001 - 2005

Director/Curator, The Gallery

1994 - 2002

Lecturer in Art [ Half-Time Position ], Marygrove College

1995 - 2007

Computer Studio Manager

1991 - 2002

Lecturer In Architecture [ Part-Time Faculty ],

Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI

2D & 3D Foundations, Graphic Design

1995 - 2001

Associate Art Director, Campbell-Ewald Advertising, Warren, MI

Chevrolet Catalog Design

1990 - 1994

Co-Director, Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Detroit, MI

a non-profit organization – exhibitions, symposia, &

community-based projects

Board President – fiscal management, fundraising,

& programming

1989 - 1993

Design Editor, Detroit Focus Quarterly Magazine, Detroit, MI

Re-Design, Art Direction, & Production

accepted in 2012 into the Smithsonian National Museum -

Archives of American Art

1988 - 1991

Art Director, Maritz Communications, Detroit/Southfield, MI

Ford, Volkswagen, Pontiac, UAW & others

1985 - 1988

Design/Production Studio Manager,  Maritz Communications, Detroit/Southfield, MI

Managed Full Production Studio

1982 - 1985

Design/Production Artist, Maritz Communications, Southfield, MI

Graphics and Multi-Media Production

1982 - 1983

Part-Time Faculty, Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, MI

1980 - 1983

Part-Time Faculty, Madonna College, Livonia, MI

1978 - 1981

Production Artist, General Motors - GM Photographic, Detroit, MI

Graphics & Multi-Media Production

1978 - Present

Freelance Art Direction and Design:

Nelson Smith [78-94], 8100 Studio [95-07], and

Obscure Studio [07-Present]

University of Michigan, Pontiac, UAW, & other arts non-profit &

for-profit clients

 

 

Awards and HONORS

 

2011

Lighton International Artists Exchange Program Grant ($5,000)
      Travel Funding for Research in Ireland

Fellow of the Foundation, Ballinglen Arts Foundation

      Six-Week International Residency in Ballycastle, N. Mayo, Ireland

Senior Artist-In-Residence in Painting and Drawing

      Six Week National Residency at Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR

2007

Fellowship Grant Award, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

      Four Week National Residency

2000

Michigan Individual Creative Artist Grant ($7,000), Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs/

ArtServe Michigan

      Funding for “A Man at a Desk” Project

1997

Residency as Associate Artist, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL

      Video and Performance Work with Merce Cunningham & Elliot Caplan

1996

New Works Residency, Harvestworks, Studio PASS sound studios, New York, NY

     Recorded and Digitally Processed Sound Compositions for “Human Radiation" installation/performance

1994

First Place, Celebrate Michigan Artists, Michigan Foundation for the Arts, Paint Creek Art Center, Rochester, MI

      Juror: Mary Anne Wilkinson, Curator Detroit Institute of Arts

1992

Michigan Individual Creative Artist Grant ($10,000), Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs/
Arts Foundation of Michigan

      Funding for “Psychological Gravity” Sound/Performance Work

1988

Fellowship ($1,500), Art Matters Inc., New York City

      Funding for “The Missing Persons (States of Mind)” Performance Work

1986

Michigan Individual Creative Artist Grant ($8,000), Michigan Council for the Arts

      Funding for Publication “Victims of Circumstance” Book

1982

Focus Gallery Grant ($500), Michigan Foundation for the Arts

      Funding for Site-Specific Installation

1981

Michigan Individual Creative Artist Grant ($8,000), Michigan Council for the Arts

      Funding for Painting and Book Works

1977

Gold Medal Award, Detroit Scarab Club, Detroit, MI

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2015

Salisbury University Art Galleries, Fulton School of Liberal Arts, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD

     Paintings & Drawings

2013

Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO

      Paintings and Drawings

The John Sloan Fine Arts Gallery, Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA

      Paintings

2012

Diane Kidd Gallery, Tiffin University, Tiffin, OH

      Paintings

2010

"Distillation," The Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery, Lindsborg, KS

      Paintings

2009

"Land as Language," Alexandre Hogue Remix Series, Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA

      Paintings and Drawings

2008

"Land as Language," Alexandre Hogue Remix Series, Alexandre Hogue Gallery, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

     Paintings and Drawings

2007

"Grammar of Tension," Mark A. Chapman Gallery, Kansas State University,  Manhattan, KS

      Paintings and Drawings

2005

"Throwing Voices," District Arts Gallery, Birmingham, MI

      Paintings and Drawings

2002

"Sublime Machinations," Mott Community College, Flint, MI

      Paintings

2001

"A Man at a Desk and Other Late Developments,"  detroit contemporary gallery, Detroit, MI

      Storyboards and Paintings

1999

"Forced Air," Center Galleries, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

      Installation (also Performance)

1997

"Sweet Alchemy," Bunting Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

      Paintings

1995

"Recent Work," Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, MI

      Paintings and Installation Objects

1988

"Victims of Circumstance,"  Michigan Gallery, Detroit, MI

     Bookworks

1986

"Points of Reference," Is Inc. Gallery, Pontiac, MI

      Paintings

1985

“Nelson Smith,” Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI

      Paintings

1984

"Nelson Smith," MacKenzie Gallery, The College of Wooster, Wooster, OH

      Paintings

"Figures of Speech," Detroit Council for the Arts, Detroit, MI

     Paintings and Drawings

1983

"Missing Persons and Scenarios,"  Kingswood Gallery, Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, MI

      Bookworks and Constructions

1982

"Used Flyswatters and Abandoned  Refrigerators," Pontiac Art Center, Pontiac, MI

     Paintings and Installation

1981

"Nelson Smith," Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

      Paintings (also Performance)

1980

"Nelson Smith," Willis Gallery, Detroit, MI

      Paintings and Bookworks

 

TWO-ARTIST Exhibitions

 

2015

“2 x 22, (2 Artists, 22 Years, 22 Works)” Geraldine Craig and Nelson Smith, Manhattan Art Center, Manhattan, KS

2014

"In the Eye of the Beholder: Nelson Smith & Jemison Faust," Krause Gallery, Moses Brown School, Providence, RI

2011

“Transcribed Identities: JenClare Gawaran & Nelson Smith,” Gallery of Macomb Center for the Arts,

     Macomb Community College, Clinton Township, MI

1993

“Go Figure” - Gerry Craig & Nelson Smith, Willis Gallery, Detroit, MI

1986

“X + Y =,” Andrea Eis & Nelson Smith, Buckham Fine Arts Project, Flint, MI

1985

“Tom Frank & Nelson Smith,” Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw, MI & Mid-Michigan Community College, Harrison, MI

1981

“Project X,” an installation with composer Paul Feinberg, Detroit Artists Market Other Space, Detroit, MI

     an alternative artspace located in Hudson’s Department Store

 

SELECTED Group Exhibitions

 

2015

re:Members, Kansas City Artists Coalition, jurors: Philomene Bennett, James Martin, Jim Sajovic, and Janet Simpson,

      Kansas City, MO [ catalog ]

2014

Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS

2013

“Detroit Collective,” curated by Robert Mirek, Work-Detroit, Detroit, MI

“Visual Inquiry: 2013 Kansas State University Art Faculty Exhibition,” Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Manhattan, KS

2012

“Detroit Artists Market: The First 80 Years," Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit, MI

2011

"Actual Size Biennial," Invitational, Whitdel Arts/Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Detroit, MI

2010

"Mind," Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI

"Finale," Arnold Klein Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

“Gallery Artists,” Modern Arts Midwest, Lincoln, NE

2009

"Symbolic City," Songjiang Art Museum, Shanghai, China

"Renewal: K-State Art Faculty Biennial," Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Manhattan, KS

Group Exhibition, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS

"Horizon," Arnold Klein Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

2008

"3rd Annual National Juried Exhibition," Katharine Butler Gallery, Sarasota, FL

      juror: Elaine D. Gustafson, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Tampa Museum of Art

2007

"Actual Size," Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Detroit, MI

"Driven: Art from the Motor City," Copper Country Community Arts Center, Hancock, MI

2006

"Nature Reconfigured," Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI

"By Design," Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, MI

"Text," Arnold Klein Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

"Actual Size," Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Detroit, MI

2005

"Marygrove College Faculty," Governor's Office Gallery, Romney Building, Lansing, MI

2004

"Past Picks Present," Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Detroit, MI

2003

"Actual Size," detroit contemporary gallery, Detroit, MI

"I Like to Read, You Like a Book," Arnold Klein Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

Selected Gallery Artists, detroit contemporary, Detroit, MI

"168/24/7/91," invitational, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI

2002

"Link," Contemporary Art Institute of Art, detroit contemporary, Detroit, MI

"Michiganders," University Art Gallery, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI

Faculty Exhibition, The Gallery, Marygrove College, Detroit, MI

"Alphabet Show," Arnold Klein Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

2001

"Documenta USA," Museum of New Art, Detroit, MI

"Art of The Catharctic Circle," Meadow Brook Art Gallery, Oakland University, Rochester, MI (catalog)

"Actual Size," an invitational, detroit contemporary, Detroit, MI

"Earth," Arnold Klein Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

2000

"Out of Context," The Gallery, Marygrove College, Detroit, MI

"Red/Desert," Arnold Klein Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

"Canvas, a memorial for Ann Mikolowski," Alley Culture, Detroit, MI

"Actual Size," an invitational, detroit contemporary, Detroit, MI

1999

"Words & Images," Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, MI

"Of Course, (the idea of this show...)," Southfield Centre for the Arts, Southfield, MI

1998

Faculty Art Exhibition, The Gallery, Marygrove College, Detroit, MI

"20 Chairs, 20 Artists +4," The Gallery, Marygrove College

1997

"The Clothes Show, objects for and about clothes," curated by Dennis Nawrocki and

      Rose Dalessandro, Center Galleries, Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

"Michigan Fine Arts Competition," juried by John Walker, Birmingham Bloomfield Art

      Association, Birmingham, MI

"Art in the Spirit of Detroit," curated by Margie FitzSimons, DEGC, Detroit, MI

1996

"Moveable Feast," Bunting Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

"Art Works for Life," Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI

1995

"67th Annual Juried Exhibition," juried by Phyllis Rosenzweig, Associate Curator of the

      Hirshhorn Museum, Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA

"about Books," curated by Karen Anne Klein, Arnold Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI

"1995 Great Lakes Regional Art Exhibition," juried by George Adams, Frumkin/Adams Gallery,

      Midland Center for the Arts, Midland, MI

Faculty Exhibition, Marygrove College Art Faculty, The Gallery, Detroit, MI

"Reidelbach Gallery Selections," Reidelbach Gallery, Troy, MI

"The Box Show," Willis Gallery, Detroit, MI

1994

"Celebrate Michigan Artists," juried by Mary Anne Wilkinson, Associate Curator of Modern Art,

      Detroit Institute of Arts, Paint Creek Center, Rochester, MI

"The Detroit Show," curated by Dennis Nawrocki, Center Galleries, Center for Creative Studies,

      Detroit, MI

"10th Anniversary Exhibit," Buckham Fine Arts Project, Flint, MI

"Once Upon a Time," art of myths and fantasy, Galleria Center, Southfield, MI

     Group Exhibit, Edge Gallery, Pontiac, MI

1993

"Detroit Painters," five painters from Detroit, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI

1992

"Soma Psyche," Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI

1991

"Celebrate Michigan Artists," Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, MI

1989

"The 11th Michigan Biennial: Recent Trends In Painting," Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State

      University, East Lansing; Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo; Saginaw Art Museum,

      Saginaw; Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson, MI

"Contents Under Pressure; Robert Edwards & Nelson Smith," CADE Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

"Installations; Caskey, MacGaw, Smith, Strickland," The Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI

"Spine Tingling and Spell Binding­ – Book Arts," Art Center, Pontiac, MI

"Paper/Wood/Nails," T'Marra Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

1988

"Made In Michigan," Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

1987

"Extended Media - Fresh Visions," Detroit Institute of Arts, On-Going Projects Gallery, Detroit, MI

1985

"Word Image," Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI

1983

"Painting And Drawing," selected by Nancy Spero and Leon Golub, Detroit Focus Gallery, Detroit, MI

"1 By 1 By 1," 25 Cranbrook Alumni, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC and Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI

1982

"Dimensions: On Site," Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Detroit, MI

"Eickmeier, Smith & Stone," Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL

"Individuals," curated by Charles McGee, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI

"Installations," Detroit Focus Gallery, Detroit, MI

1981

"Michigan Artists 80/81," the Detroit Institute of Arts/Flint Institute of Arts

Invitational, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL

Invitational, Livonia Cultural League, Livonia, MI

"Behind The Glass," curated by Pamela Freund, installations in the display windows,

      New Center Building, Detroit, MI

1980

"Michigan Artists Books," Evergreen Art Alliance, Willis Gallery, Detroit, MI

"ArtWords WordArt," Detroit Focus Gallery, Detroit, MI

1979

"The Marietta National," Hermann Fine Arts Center, Marietta, OH

"Ten At 1010," Detroit Focus Gallery, Detroit, MI

1978

"Works On Paper," Detroit Focus Gallery, Detroit, MI

1977

"Silver Medal Show," Detroit Scarab Club, Detroit, MI

 "Gold Medal Show," Detroit Scarab Club, Detroit, MI

 

PERFORMANCES

 

2008

“Eve of St. Agnes,” original music composition and live performance commissioned by Sue Carman-Vian for her original

      theater work, Marygrove College Theater,  Detroit, MI

2007

“Vexations,” one hour piano performance of a 20 hour Eric Satie marathon, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI

2003

"Natural Selection,” concert selections from my music/theater work, Rivera Court,Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI

“Europera 5,” John Cage, directed by Jack Behrens, performed electronic sound mix, Marygrove College Theater, Detroit, MI

2000

“It Takes One To Be One” original music composition and live performance commissioned by Sue Carman-Vian for her

      original theater work, Marygrove College Theater,  Detroit, MI

1999

“Forced Air” and “Home” sections of “Natural Selection,” a live theater work/installation with original music, texts, and

      electronics, Center Galleries, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

1998

“Home,” a solo version with video, music, and live electronics Cleveland Performance Art Festival: Invitational

      Public Theater, Cleveland, OH

“Forced Air,”a solo work-in-progress version, Detroit Focus at the SereNgeti Ballroom, Detroit, MI

1997

“HumanRadiation,” and “Home” with Electrifying Nerve Brigade (one of a group of three), Greenwich Village

      Center Theater, New York, NY

“Home,” a solo version with video, music, and live electronics, Short and Sweet series III

      (one of 5 performances), Detroit Focus, Detroit, MI

1996

“HumanRadiation” a solo performance/installation work with original sound compositions, texts, and electronics,

      sound produced in part at Harvestworks/Studio PASS, NY

      Performance Network, Ann Arbor, MI

1995

“Radiation (HumanRadiation)” solo performance with live electronics and original sound composition,

      Cleveland Performance Art Festival: Open, Colonial Arcade, Cleveland, OH

“Electricity” section of “Natural Selection” a performance/installation work with original sound composition, texts, and

      electronics (also a work-in-progress version of “HumanRadiation”), Convent Performance Space, Detroit, MI

“Electricity,” a work-in-progress, Short and Sweet (1 of 5 artists), Detroit Focus, Detroit, MI

“Heaven,” original electronic music created in collaboration with composer, Frank Pahl at Private Studios,

      live sound mix commissioned by Sue Carman-Vian for her original theater work,

      Marygrove College Theatre, Detroit, MI

1994

“Cabaret Bits,” solo performance, 1515 Broadway, Detroit, MI

"Electricity,” work-in-progress version (with Sue Carman-Vian), Magic Bag Theater, Ferndale, MI

1993

“Psychological Gravity,” a performance work with original sound compositions, texts, and projected video,

      Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI

1990

“Greenhouse,” original music composition and sound design commissioned by Sue Carman (Vian) for her theater work,

      Detroit Chamber of Commerce Theater, Detroit, MI

1989

“The Missing Persons (States of Mind),” a performance work in five parts, original sound compositions, set design, texts,

      and multi-media, Alternative Worksite/Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI

1986

“From a Distance or Approaching” voice performance, collaborative music theater work, from my original libretto,

      with the Edward Weiss Ensemble, Michigan Gallery, Detroit, MI

1985

“From a Distance or Approaching” voice performance, collaborative music theater work, from my original libretto,

      with the Edward Weiss Ensemble Performance tour:

      Rackham Auditorium, Detroit, MI

      Fort Wayne Public Schools,  Fort Wayne, IN

      Fountain Street Church, Grand Rapids, MI

1982

“June Before July,” live set manipulations for a collaborative sound, dance, and theater work, with Paul Feinberg,

      sound, Deborah King, dance, Willis Gallery, Detroit, MI

“Drama,” a solo performance with original sound composition, and projected media,

      An Evening of Performance Art (with five others), Performance Network, Ann Arbor, MI

      and Detroit Focus Gallery, Detroit, MI

1981

“Drama,” a solo performance with original sound composition, and projected media,

      Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

“Project X,” a collaborative installation/performance with electronic music (Feinberg) and installation/sets (Smith),

      an alternative artspace located in Hudson’s Department Store, Detroit, MI

1977

Wooster Art Ensemble, original music composed with Gregory Miller, The Gallery, Marygrove College, Detroit, MI

 

MEDIA WORKS

 

2004

“Candy Store,” original music for a short film commissioned by Sue Carman-Vian and Jeff Bloomer,

      premiered at the Detroit Film Center, Detroit, MI

2000

“Tableze,” original music for a short film commissioned by Sue Carman-Vian and Jeff Bloomer,

      premiered at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI

1994

“Heaven Film,” original music for a short film commissioned by Sue Carman, in collaboration with Frank Pahl,

      Marygrove College Theater, Detroit, MI

1990

“Cross Dressing,”original music for a short film commissioned by Sue Carman (Vian), premiered and

      an award winner at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI

1982

“June Before July,” set design for video production by Nelson Smith, directed by Paul Feinberg,

      GTN Television, Oak Park, MI

 

COLLECTIONS AND COMMISSIONS

 

Ballinglen Arts Foundation Archive, Ballycastle, County North Mayo, Ireland

Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA

MOMA/Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI

Wayne State University Collection, Detroit, MI

Cleveland Performance Art Festival Collection, Michael Schwartz Library, Cleveland State University

Emprise Bank, Wichita, KS

Ameritech, Southfield, MI

City of Livonia, Michigan

Fore Art, an art/miniature golf installation commissioned by the Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI

The Martin Luther King Center, Detroit, MI

Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone, Detroit, MI

Neiman Marcus, Houston, TX

Western Michigan University Print Collection, Kalamazoo, MI

      and numerous private collections

 

ARTIST BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

2015

Dana Self, “Re: Members at Kansas City Artists Coalition,” KC Studio, August 10, 2015,

      http://kcstudio.org/re-members-kansas-city-artists-coalition/

2014

Brian Goslow, “Capsule Reviews” Artscope, Vol. 9, 5, November/December, pages 66-67, 2014

2008

Dennis Alan Nawrocki, “Where’s Detroit in the New Detroit Institute of Arts?” Detroit: Stories, edited by Lynn Crawford,

      Museum of Contemporary Art of Detroit, pages 147-161, 2008

2005

Vince Carducci, "Presto-chango," MetroTimes, page 19, 12/28/2005

Robert del Valle, "Smith's Schematics," Stage and Canvas, Real Detroit Weekly, page 27, 12/14/2005

Rebecca Mazzei, "Swinging naked, slinging pie and multiphonic monks (on 25 years of art in Detroit),"

      MetroTimes, 10/19/2005

2004

K. Michelle Moran, "Bringing Art to Life," Woodward Talk, page 13A, 9/9/2004

1999

George Tysh, "Unanswered Questions," MetroTimes, page 47, 1/27/1999

Joy Hakanson Colby, "Two artists play off each other at Center Galleries," Detroit News, 1/15/1999

Keri Guten Cohen, "Dual installations examine everyday life," Detroit Free Press, page 6E, 1/24/1999

Ann Delisi, "Artist creates with a furnace, ductwork," Oakland Press, 1/8/1999

1998

Kristopher Spencer, "Artists featured at virtual gallery," The Mirror, page 4, 7/2/1998

1997

Keri Guten Cohen, "In Smith's world, toasters fly and chairs float," Detroit Free Press, page 6G, 7/6/1997

1996

Lynn Crawford, "The Art of Stuff," MetroTimes, page 21, 7/2/1997

Alice Rhein, "Painting to Pixels, Arts in Review," MetroTimes, 12/18-24/1996

Shaun Nethercott, "HumanRadiation," Ground Up, Vol. 12, 11/1996

Bruce Martin, "Flash and Fizzle," Ann Arbor News, 10/11/1996

Chris Potter, "HumanRadiation Reflects Creative Spark," Ann Arbor News, 10/9/96

Chris Handyside, "Station to Station," MetroTimes, 10/9/96

1995

Matt Holland, "Recent Works, Nelson Smith," Ground Up, Vol. 6, 9/1995

Christine Hagedorn, "Electricity (Natural Selection)," Ground Up, Vol. 5, 7/1995

Christine Welch, "Sue Carman's Heaven," Ground Up, Vol. 2, 3/1995

Marsha Miro, "Art Moves Visitors to Play a Round," Detroit Free Press, page 8D, 1/30/1995

1994

Marsha Miro, "Defining Michigan Through its Artists," Detroit Free Press, page 3G, 9/4/1994

Joy Hakanson Colby, "The State of the Arts Thrives in Rochester," Detroit News, 9/2/1994

Lawrence Ulrich, "Exhibit Celebrates Winning Painter," Rochester Hills Reminder, 8/18/1994

Mary Klemic, "State Art Show Has Big News," Birmingham-West Bloomfield Eccentric, page 1E, 8/18/1994

Thomas Wojtas, "Michigan Art in Context: DIA," Detroit Focus Quarterly,  volume 12, number 2-3, page 12-13,1994

Andy Smith, "Life is a Cabaret," Detroit Metro Times, page 42, 6/8-14/1994

Joy Hakanson Colby, "Portraits in Putt-Putt," Detroit News, page 1D, 1/26/1994

1993

James E. Hart, "Closure and Its Discontents, An examination of Nelson Smith's performance event
      Psychological Gravity," Detroit Focus Quarterly, volume 11, number 5, pages 8-11, Winter 1993

Rene Haefner, "Facts and Figures," Detroit Monthly, volume 16, number 10, page 24, 10/1993

1992

Marsha Miro, "Artists Market Show Takes a Spiritual Journey," Detroit Free Press, page 12D, 4/11/1992

Joy Hakanson Colby, "Mystery and Reality Chart a Landscape of the Soul," Detroit News, page 4C, 3/6, 1992

 Gerry Craig, "Soma/Psyche," Detroit. Artists Market Journal, vol. 4, number 3, 1992

1989

John Carlos Cantu, "Paper/Wood/Nails' Breaks Conventions," Ann Arbor News, page G8, 11/26/1989

Robert Marsh, "Nelson Smith, The Missing Persons (States of MInd)," Detroit Focus Quarterly, volume 8,

      numbers 1 & 2, page 9, spring/summer, 1989

Marsha Miro, "Book Art Touches Heart, MInd," Detroit Free Press, page 4B, 7/19/1989

Marsha Miro, "Marriage of Art and Engineering," Detroit Free Press, page 4B, 5/11/1989

Julie Chenault-Woods, "Hot Dates, Art /Theater," MetroTimes, 4/5-12/1989

Joy Hakanson Colby, "Exhibits, Market Quartet," Detroit News, 5/1989

Judith Hoffberg, "Review, Victims of Circumstance," Umbrella, volume 12, number 1, page 19, July, 1989

1988

Gerhard H. Magnus, "Reviews; Made in Michigan," New Art Examiner,  page 56, October, 1988

1987

Ella Steele, "UAW-GM Center is Also a Gallery," Oakland Press, page A-10, 3/24/1987

1986

Jay Gates, "The Visual Arts in America," Wooster, volume 100, number 4, pages 6-9, Summer, 1986

Joseph Matuzak, "Duets Series Making a Striking Debut at Buckham," The Flint Journal, 3/21/1986

Larry Gabriel, "Hot Dates; Visual Duet," Detroit Metro Times, pg. 21, 2/26-3/4, 1986

1985

Dave Nicolette, "A Mixture of the Nontraditional, the Surreal," The Grand Rapids Press, 4/20/1985

1984

Sharon Zimmerman, "Detroit Art Now: Nelson Smith," Featured Magazine, volume 1, number 1, Spring, 1984

1983

Marie McGee, "Invitational Stresses Originality," Observer/Eccentric, 1/31/1983

Bill Brown, "It's 'About Time' for video at Network," Ann Arbor News, page D9, 4/14/1983

1982

Dorothy Weddell, "A Community Center for Christmas," Detroit Free Press, page 2B, 12/4/1982

Joy Hakanson Colby, "Center of Attention," Detroit News, page 1C, 10/21/1982

Marsha Miro, "Detroit Summer Months...," Detroit Free Press, page 6B, 8/8/1982

Angeline Kaimala, "Fresh Fortnightly, June Before July,"  Detroit Metro Times, volume 2, number18, page 4, 6/24-7/1982

Helen M. Shannon, "Review: Installations," New Art Examiner, pg, 22, June, 1982

Marsha Miro, "Complacent Exhibit of Contemporary Works," Detroit Free Press, page 8B, 6/20/1982

Joy Hakanson Colby, "Two Wrongs-and One Right," Detroit News, page 6-E, 3/7/1982

Marsha Miro, "Pontiac Art Center has a Special on Used Flyswatters," Detroit Free Press, page 4C, 1/21/1982

1981

Marie McGee, "Art Teachers Dominate 1st Show," Livonia Observer, volume 41, number 7, page 1A, 3/5/1981

Joy Hakanson Colby, "...Making Things Happen," Detroit News, page 5-M, 5/17/1981

Kathy Kavanaugh, "New Exhibitions Opening in WMU Galleries This Week," Kalamazoo Gazette, page C-8, 11/1/1981

1980

Betsey Hansell, "Low-Energy Art: How About a Little Fire?," Monthly Detroit, volume 3, number 1, page 35, 1980

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

BOOKS

2002

Nelson Smith,“A Man at a Desk,” artist’s book of storyboards, published edition of 100,

      Michigan Council for Art and Cultural Affairs and ArtServe Michigan

1989

Nelson Smith, “The Missing Persons (States of Mind),” catalog of performance work, Art Matters, New York, NY

1987

Nelson Smith, “Victims Of Circumstance” published in a cloth bound edition of 110, Michigan Council for the Arts

 

PERIODICALS

2007

Nelson Smith, "[re] collect," essay, The Gallery Journal, Marygrove College, vol. 4, no. 1

2004

Nelson Smith, "Beauty In Flux," essay, The Gallery Journal, Marygrove College, vol. 2, no. 1

2003

Nelson Smith, "Thinking Green," essay, The Gallery Journal, Marygrove College, vol. 1, no. 4

Nelson Smith, "[made and unmade]," essay, The Gallery Journal, Marygrove College, vol. 1, no. 2

Nelson Smith, "Urban Relics and Icons," essay, The Gallery Journal, Marygrove College, vol. 1, no. 1

2002

Nelson Smith, “Deconstructing Earl,” animation, Mark(s), an online journal, December, v. 3.04

      archived at: http://www.markszine.net/304/nsind.htm

1982

Nelson Smith, "Straits," edited by Glenn Mannisto, Detroit River Press, Vol. 1, #4-5

Nelson Smith, "Interview with Peter Schjeldahl: Poet/Critic", Detroit Focus Quarterly, Vol. 1, #3

1980

Nelson Smith, "Sweat Bombs," edited by George Tysh, Cranbrook Press

 

RECORDINGS

2006

Nelson Smith, "Natural Selection," concert version, limited edition of 200, 8100 Studio/Obscure Studio

1994

Nelson Smith, "Commercial, Psychological Gravity," with Frank Pahl and Sue Carman-Vian,

      "Romantic Side of Schizophrenia," Frank Pahl, FOT Records

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

 

2015

“Resonant Frequencies,” paper accepted, 29th Annual Conference of the SLSA

      (Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts), Houston, TX [ November ]

2014

"Categorical Ambiguity," paper presented, 28th Annual Conference of the SLSA

      (Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts), Dallas, TX

2010

"Translating the Regionalist Romantic Landscape," paper presented, Romancing Nature Again, School of Visual Arts

      Annual Conference, New York, NY

2007

"The Professional Creative Practice as Urban Leadership," paper presented, “Urban Leadership: Expressions of Legacy,

      Commitment to Progress," symposium, Marygrove College, Detroit

2004

Panelist, “Future of the Non-Profit,” Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Detroit, MI

"Changing Trends for the Contemporary Composer," paper presented, “Change” Symposium, Marygrove College,

     Detroit, MI

 

VISITING ARTIST AND PEER REVIEW PANELIST

 

2015

Visiting Artist, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD

2014

Visiting Artist, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Visiting Artist, Moses Brown School, Providence, RI

2013

Visiting Artist, Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA

2012

Visiting Artist, Tiffin University, Tiffin, OH

2009

Visiting Artist, Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA

Peer Review Panelist, 2009 Kansas Artist Fellowships and Awards, Kansas Arts Commission, Topeka, KS

2008

Visiting Artist, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

2001

Peer Review Panelist, New Media Review Panel, State of Michigan Creative Artists Grants,

      Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, ArtServe Michigan, East Lansing, MI

1999

Visiting Artist, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

1993

Peer Review Panelist, Visual Arts Grants Review Panel, Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs

Peer Review Panelist, Theater/Performance Art Review Panel, State of Michigan Creative Artists Grants,

      Arts Foundation of Michigan

1992

Peer Review Panelist, Individual Artist Fellowship Panel, Ohio Arts Council, Columbus, OH

Peer Review Panelist, Exhibition Committee, Detroit Focus Gallery, Detroit, MI

1991

Juror, “Installations,” Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI

1980 - 2007

Numerous Museum and Gallery Talks with Exhibitions, and College/University Lectures

 

EXHIBITIONS CURATED

 

2013

“MIX,” Anne Austin Pearce, Kent Michael Smith, Tanya Hartman, Joe Bussell, Larry Thomas, and Amy Kligman,
      Mark A. Chapman Gallery, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

2012

“Hasan Elahi: The Willard Portal,” Mark A. Chapman Gallery, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

      (Co-Curator with Geraldine Craig)

2007

“Short and Sweet,” performance event, Carla Harryman, Holly Hughes, Blair, Alana Bartol,

      The Gallery, Marygrove College Detroit, MI  (Producer and Curator)

2006

Anita Thacher, exhibition and workshop, The Gallery, Marygrove College, Detroit, MI (Producer and Curator)

“Short and Sweet,” performance event, Nick Tobier, Melanie Manos, James Lieja, Jawbone, The Gallery,

      Marygrove College Detroit, MI  (Producer and Curator)

2005

Sonya Clark, exhibition and workshop, The Gallery, Marygrove College, Detroit, MI (Producer and Curator)

“Short and Sweet,” performance event, Frank Pahl, Satori Circus, Debbie King, Sue Carman-Vian, The Gallery,

      Marygrove College Detroit, MI (Producer and Curator)

2004

“Alison Knowles: Fluxus in Detroit,” exhibition, performance and workshop, The Gallery,

      Marygrove College, Detroit, MI (Producer and Curator)

1998

“Telling Stories” – Gerry Craig, Charles Pompilius, Artists on Pavement, Sue Carman-Vian, and Andrea Eis,

      Gallery Site, web gallery, www.lmstudio.com/gallery.html

1996

“Inventions” – Robert Crise, Jr., Carlos Diaz, Robert Mirek, Asucena Nava-Moreno and Frank Pahl,

      The Gallery, Marygrove College, Detroit, MI

“Short and Sweet,” a series of evening-length presentations of short performance works, artists include:

      Terri Sarris, Graham McLeod, Barbara Neri, Whitley Setrakian, Sue Carman-Vian, Clem Fortuna,

      Detroit Focus Gallery, Detroit, MI (Producer and Curator)

1995

“Its My Party, The Art of Kathy Clifford,” a memorial retrospective, Detroit Focus Gallery, Detroit, MI

      (Co-Curator with Sharon Zimmerman)

 

COMMUNITY BASED PROJECTS

 

2011

Participant/Donation, Kansas Art for Japan Fundraiser, Strecker-Nelson Pop-up Gallery,  Manhattan, KS

2003

Participating Institution Coordinator, “Design Engine,” The Gallery, Marygrove College, with the Detroit Institute of Arts,

      Cranbrook Academy of Art, College for Creative Studies, Lawrence Technological University, Detroit, MI

2002

Co-producer, Xen Harmonic Gamelan, The Gallery, Marygrove College, Detroit, MI

1994 -1997

Exhibition Committee, Detroit Focus Gallery, Detroit, MI

1994

Co-Coordinator, “American Icon,” Mary Jo Toles, Juror, Detroit Focus Gallery, Detroit, MI

Co-Producer, “Ear Whacks, Festival of New Music,” Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Alvin’s Bar,

      Performance Network, and Urban Park

1993

Co-Producer, “Ear Whacks, Festival of New Music,” Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, multiple venues, Detroit, MI

1992

Designer & Co-Producer, “Art Time Capsule,” a community timecapsule/ceremony in Harmony Park,

      Event included speaker Senator Jack Faxon, Parade, Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Detroit, MI

Co-Producer, “Subject to Change,” an interactive installation, collaboration with two institutions,

      Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit /Willis Gallery, Detroit, MI

1988

Producer, “Encircling Issues, a panel discussion on art criticism,” Detroit Institute of Arts, Contemporary Art

      Institute of Detroit, Detroit, MI

1981

Production Assistant, volunteer, “Aluminum Nights, Ten Years of New Video, Dance, and Music,”

      featuring Laurie Anderson, Robert Ashley, Meredith Monk, Philip Glass Ensemble, many others,

      The Kitchen, New York, NY

1979 - 1985

Associate with Inter-Arts Associates, an inter-disciplinary art organization developing independently produced

      collaborative performance and exhibition projects

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

2008 - Present

Instructor of Art, Kansas State University, Department of Art, Manhattan, KS

     Courses:

     ART 190 Drawing 1, ART 210 Drawing 2, ART 290 Typography, ART 300 Special Topics: Sound Art,

     ART 330 Digital Techniques in Visual Art, ART 345 Introduction to Oil Painting, ART 410 BFA Exhibition &

     Portfolio, ART 570 Mixed Media Painting Workshop, ART 608 Special Topics: Performance and Sound

     New Special Topics Courses Developed: ART 300 Sound Art, ART 608 Performance and Sound

2005 - 2007

Department of Art Chair, Associate Professor, Marygrove College, Detroit, MI

     Courses:

     ART 111 Two Dimensional Design and Color, ART 115 Drawing Skills and Concepts, ART 321 Design for

     Visual Communication,  ART 330 Technology in the Arts Classroom (EDU 330), ART 352 Painting 1,

     ART 362 Painting 2, ART 411 Computer Graphics: Illustration, ART 421 Graphic Design Media,

     ART 422 Web Design and Digital Media Graphics, ART 462 Painting 3, ART 496 Senior Workshop

     (BFA Capstone Course)

     New Course Developed: ART 330 Technology in the Arts Classroom (EDU 330)

     Research Assistant - Lasbrey Nwachukwu, assistance developing audio/video editing suite(s)

2002 - 2005

Assistant Professor, Marygrove College, Department of Art

     Courses:

     ART 111 Two Dimensional Design and Color, ART 321 Design for Visual Communication,

     IS 322B Technology Seminar: Toward an Interdisciplinary Philosophy of Technology (Interdisciplinary,

     team-taught with Philosophy and Economics) ART 352 Painting 1, ART 411 Computer Graphics: Illustration,

     ART 421 Graphic Design Media, ART 422 Web Design and Digital Media Graphics, ART 496 Senior

     Workshop (BFA Capstone Course)

     New Courses Developed:

     ART 422 Web Design and Digital Media Graphics, IS 322B Technology Seminar: Toward an Interdisciplinary

     Philosophy of Technology (Interdisciplinary, team-taught with Philosophy and Economics)

     Director, The Gallery, 2001 - 2005

1994 - 2002

Lecturer, Half-Time Faculty, Marygrove College, Department of Art

     Courses:

     ART 105 Introductory Studio, ART 321 Design for Visual Communication,  ART 411 Computer Graphics:

     Illustration, ART 421 Graphic Design Media, ART 496 Senior Workshop (BFA Capstone Course)

     Research Assistant, Rick Zwicker, for research involving motion graphics

1991 - 2002

Lecturer In Architecture, Part-Time Faculty, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI

     Courses:

     ARC 1012 Art/Design Awareness, ART 1113 Basic Design 1 (2D Foundations), ART 1133 Basic Design 2

     (3D Foundations), ARC 2126 Integrated Design 2 (sophmore architecture team-taught with architecture

     faculty), ARC 3643 Western Traditions of Art 2, ARC 4203 Graphic Systems

     New courses developed:

     ARC 1012 Art/Design Awareness (Freshman Seminar), and

     ARC 4203 Graphic Systems (Environmental Graphics)

1982 - 1983

Part-Time Faculty, Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, MI

     Courses:

     ART-110: InDesign (Formerly Graphic Design 1) 

1980 - 1983

Part-Time Faculty, Madonna College, Livonia, MI

    Courses:

     ART 1210  Introduction to Graphic Design, ART 2680  Graphic Design II,  ART 3100  Advertising Design

 

SERVICE

 

Kansas State University

Digital Arts Faculty Search Committee, 2011

Visiting Artist Program Coordinator, 2008 - 2011

Marygrove College

Assessment Committee, 2004 - 2007

Academic Symposium Committee, 2002 - 2004

President’s Integrated Marketing Task Force, 2002 - 2003

Department of Art Computer Studio Manager, 1995 - 2007

Initiated hosting of “Focal Point” annual week-long video workshop with DAFT (Digital Arts Film and Television)

including student scholarships, 2006 and 2007

Coordinated Department of Art Facility Renovation, 2002 - 2003

Initiated, Published, and Edited Annual Student Art Publication, “Because...” 2001 - 2006

Co-coordination of “Have a Seat” fundraising auctions of artist-made chairs, 2005 - 2006

Developed and taught Graphic Design Workshops for SBCEU (art teacher accreditation)

      and Continuing Education, 1994 - 2004

Coordinated Scholarship Portfolio Reviews and Outreach to Detroit High Schools, 2001 - 2006

Visiting Artists brought to campus as Director of Visiting Artist Program:

     Stephenie Dinkins, site-specific installation and workshop, 2006-07

    Coco Fusco: “a/k/a Mrs. George Gilbert,” screening and lecture, 2006

     Anita Thacher, video installation and workshop, 2006

     Sonya Clark, exhibition and workshop, 2005

     Alison Knowles,  exhibition, performance and workshop, 2004

     Theodora Skipitares, public lecture and workshop, 2003

     Jack Behrens, directed staging of John Cage’s “Europera 5,” with student masterclass, 2003

Lawrence Technological University

Designed numerous posters, catalogs, and displays for Graduate Program, Architectural Illustration Collection,

      and Foundations Program, 1993 - 1998

Annual Freshman Exhibition Coordinating Committee, 1993 - 1995

 

GRANTS [ AUTHORED ]

 

[ Authored for Benefit of Department of Art, Marygrove College ]

2005

City of Detroit Culture Grant, Support for Department of Art visiting artist Coco Fusco screening

      and lecture, “a/k/a Mrs. George Gilbert,” $1,500 Award

2004

Curriculum Improvement Grant, to acquire and install digital video and audio in the Art Computer Studio,

      $1,000 Award

2001

President’s Publications Grant, to publish a full edition of “Because We Can” art student publication

2001

Campbell-Ewald Advertising, donation, to publish “Because We Can” art student publication, an edition of 50 copies

 

[ Authored for Benefit of Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit ]

1992

City of Detroit, Detroit Council for the Arts Grant, “Art Time Capsule,” a community-wide art burial/ceremony in

      Detroit’s Harmony Park, the event included speaker Senator Jack Faxon

1988

City of Detroit, Detroit Council for the Arts Grant, “Encircling Issues, a panel discussion on art criticism,” presented at the

      Detroit Institute of Arts

 

[ Co-authored for Benefit of Inter-Arts Associates ]

1985

Michigan Council for the Arts, Institutional Support, Edward Weiss Ensemble Performance tour

 

SUPPLEMENTAL PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION

 

2003

Video Editing, Detroit Film Center, Detroit, MI, supported by Professional Development Funds, Marygrove College