2022        MFA, Painting and Drawing, The Ohio State University

                  Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Folklore Studies

2015        BA, Studio Art and Anthropology, Rice University

                  Magna Cum Laude, Distinction in Research and Creative Works



Burial Sites, Neon Heater, Findlay, OH


Burial Sites: Columbus, ROY G BIV Gallery, Columbus, OH


Ghosts in the Garden, collaborative installation with Cat Mailloux and Benedict Scheuer, Columbus Printed Arts Center, Columbus, OH

Trite and True, DreamClinic Project Space, Columbus, OH

this, that, and the other thing, Urban Arts Space, Columbus, OH

Young Painters, Hiestand Galleries, Oxford,OH

OyG's Flat File 2022 Exhibition Program, Ortega y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn, NY


I Can See Clearly Now, collaborative installation with Aaron Peters, Hopkins Hall Gallery and Urban Arts Space Online, Columbus, OH, 2021

29th Annual Fergus Scholarship Exhibition, UrbanArts Space Online, Columbus, OH


Knew Normal, Automat Collective, Philadelphia, PA

24-hour Drama, online (,Hopkins Hall Gallery, and the Hybrid Arts Lab on The Ohio State UniversityCampus, Columbus, OH

Consummate Love, Hopkins Hall Gallery, Columbus, OH

Breaking Ground, Wild Goose Creative, Columbus, OH

Symbolic Activities, Ohio State Fine Arts Library, Columbus, OH


Women in Cartography, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA


Laurel Hill Circa…, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA

Monuments,Mausoleums, and Museums, Spillway Collective, Philadelphia, PA


Remember You Are Dust, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Glen Ellyn, IL, 207

Dance with Them: Moving Memories, Denmark Arts Center and Studio 408, Portland, MN


The Sultan’s Treasures, mural project in collaboration with ARCHiNOS in the “City of the Dead,” Cairo, Egypt


Not Born Yesterday, Rice Public Art, BRC Gallery, Houston, TX

Free Forks: RiceUniversity Senior Studio Exhibition, Houston, TX

Damn Girl!, exhibition curated by Jessica Fuquay, Houston, TX

Rising Eyes of Texas 2015, Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport, TX


Groundwork, Mavis C. Pitman Exhibition Fellowship, Rice Media Center, Houston, TX 

Sukkah City STL, Sam Fox School of Design, Washington University in St. Louis, MO

The World Was Never Flat, Matchbox Gallery, Houston, TX

Hot Box, Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, PA

Rising Eyes of Texas 2014, Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport, TX


German Cemeteries in Czech Lands:  A Visual Inquiry, Kido Exhibition Space, Prague ,CZ

Straight Up, Bubenska 1, Prague, CZ


I Am Here, Matchbox Gallery, Houston, TX

PaperRiot, Rice Media Center, Houston, TX


Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY, 2022

Columbus Printed Arts Center Residency, Columbus, OH, 2022                               

Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme Team Fellowship, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2021-22 

University Fellowship, The Ohio State University Graduate School, Columbus, OH, 2019-20     

The Fabric Workshop and Museum Post Graduate Apprenticeship, Philadelphia, PA, 2017       

Denmark Arts Center Residency, Denmark, MN, 2017

Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, 2015-16  

The Tyler School of Art Summer Painting and Sculpture Intensive, Philadelphia, PA, 2014 

Yale University Summer Session at the Institute for Studio Studies, Auvillar, France, 2012    


Black Appalachians: Leadership,Legacy and Village Life in Rendville, Ohio, Event and month-long exhibition display at The Ohio State University Libraries, produced in collaboration with the Center for Folklore Studies, March 9th, 2022

Decoration Day at Rendville Cemetery,The Rendville Historic Preservation Society, Online Event Film Screening and Presentation,June 3rd, 2021

Rendville Cemetery, The OhioField School, Online Project,, 2020


KenyonCollege, Gambier, OH, 2023

OhioUniversity, Athens, OH, 2023

OyG Flat File Friday, InstagramLive Conversation with Clare Britt, Ortega y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn, NY, 2022

Indiana University/ Ohio State University, Virtual Folklore Conference, 2022

The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 2022

Mosaic Experiential Learning in the Humanities, Columbus, OH 2022

Appalachian Studies Association, 2022

Spillway Collective, Philadelphia, PA, 2018

Association for Death Education and Counseling, 2018

Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 2017

Kings College, The University of Western Ontario, 2017


Addison Namnoum and Lydia Smith, The Third Body, Passing Notes Vol.2, 2022

Lydia Smith and Jacob Kopcienski, chapter for The Ohio Field School: Placemaking, Service-Learning, and Collaborative Ethnography (forthcoming)

Addison Namnoum and Lydia Smith, The Third Body, Publication accompanying the April 2022 AUTOMAT Collective Exhibition


Arts and Humanities Graduate Research Small Grants Program, The Ohio State University, 2022

Alumni Grants for Graduate Research and Scholarship, The Ohio State University, 2021

Support for Professional Artists: Individuals grant, Greater Columbus Arts Council, 2021

Arts and Humanities GraduateResearch Small Grants Program, The Ohio State University, 2021

Global Arts + Humanities GraduateResearch Grant, The Ohio State University, 2020

John Fergus Family Scholarship,The Ohio State University, 2020

MavisC. Pitman Memorial Prize in Art, Rice University, 2015  

Tyler School of Art Summer Painting and Sculpture Intensive Merit Scholarship, 2014

Jessie Matthews Memorial Award in Art, Rice University, 2014

Dr. John E. Parish SummerTravel Fellowship, Rice University, 2014

Rice University Architecture Mini-Charrette Team Design Competition for “SoundWorm,” 2013        

Raymond John Swift Medal in Art, RiceUniversity, 2012     


2022 +        Lecturer, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

2021-22    Instructor of Record, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

2018         Teaching Artist, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia,PA

2015         TeachingAssistant to Lisa Lapinski, Rice University

2013         Instructor, Experiential Religions: Interfaith in Houston, Student TaughtCourse, Rice University


AUTOMAT, Curatorial Collective Member, 2018- Present

Office Hours, participatory exhibition about higher education in the arts, February 18- March 4

The Third Body: Enduring, co-curated with Addison Namnoum, featuring Nicki Cherry, Jessica Fuquay, Rachel Hsu, and Aaron Storm, October 2022

Reverse Grip, co-curated with Addison Namnoum, featuring Nicki Cherry, Jessica Fuquay, Rachel Hsu, and Aaron Storm, April 9-30, 2022

The Third Body: Utterances, co-curated with Addison Namnoum,featuring Nicki Cherry, Jessica Fuquay, Rachel Hsu, and Aaron Storm, April 2022

Cultivating a Garden Off Grid, featuringCalista Lyon, Sam Calvetti, and Zachary Rawe,  November1 - December 1, 2019

Matchbox Gallery, RiceUniversity, Gallery Director, 2013-2015

Rokk:Field Notes, McKenna Mitchell, April 23 - May 16, 2015          

BITTERSALT, Sara Rodriguez, June Deng, and He Yutian, March 19 - April 11, 2015          

Everything All At Once, Melinda Laszczynski, February 5 - March1, 2015          

Recommended for You, Blake Jones,December 4-17, 2014          

Neuroses, Laura Thomas, On View: November 13- 26, 2014

ONE SMALL STEP, Peter Lucas and Camilo Gonzalez, October 15- 30, 2014

The World Was Never Flat, Maria Heg, Nico Gardner, MacAulay Brown and Monica Burckhardt, John Forse, Lydia Smith, September 25- October 9, 2014

To The Devil His Due, Kelly King, April 24-25, 2014

You Are Damn Wrong, A Collaborative Project with RiceGallery and the Taikang Space (Bejing), April 10 - 20, 2014

MELONCHOLY: Featuring “Melon Man andUnpleasant Brunch”, ClaireElestwani, featuring publications by Daisy Chung, Linh-Tran Do, Hye-Jeon Jeon,Blake Jones, and ACK!, March 27 - April 6, 2014

Mesocosm (Wink, Texas), Film by Marina Zurkow, SpecialScreening: March 13, 2014

MINDGAMES, Juan Borbon, February 27 - March13, 2014

Everyone isNormal (and then you get to know them), Judi Freedman, February 13- 23, 2014

Rolled &Stoned, SophieEichner, Geraldine Franco, Gabbie Hulet, Kelly King, Claire O’Malley, EllenMarsh, and Morgan McNeel, January 23 - February 6, 2014

Naturally,By Stephanie Clark, Petra Reeves, Sarah Hearn, November 14 - December 6, 2013       

ALL YELLOW, the town we live in, Mark Hirsch, November 1- 10, 2013       

Interiorities, Betsy Huete, September 26- October 17, 2013

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