LYDIA SMITH

lydia.smith.studio@gmail.com


EDUCATION

MFA, Painting and Drawing, The Ohio State University, 2022             

    Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Folklore Studies

 BA, Studio Art and Anthropology, Rice University, 2015             

    Magna Cum Laude, Distinction in Research and Creative Works


FELLOWSHIPS

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

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

Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, 2015-16                


RESIDENCIES

 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, 2024            

Stove Works, Chattanooga, TN, 2024            

ChaNorth, Pine Plains, NY,  2024

Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY, 2022

Columbus Printed Arts Center Residency, Columbus, OH, 2022                                                                    

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

Denmark Arts Center Residency, Denmark, ME, 2017                                                                                                    

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

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


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Burial Sites, The Neon Heater, Findlay, OH, 2024              

Burial Sites: Columbus, ROYG BIV Gallery, Columbus, OH, 2023              

Remember You Are Dust, St. Mark’sEpiscopal Church, Glen Ellyn, IL, 2017               

Dance with Them: Moving Memories, Denmark Arts Center and Studio 408, Portland, MN, 2017               

The Sultan’s Treasures, mural project in collaboration with ARCHiNOS in the “City of the Dead,” Cairo, Egypt, 2016      

Not Born Yesterday, Rice Public Art, BRC Gallery, Houston, TX, 2015               

I Am Here, Matchbox Gallery, Houston, TX, 2012               


COLLABORATIVE EXHIBITIONS

Ghosts in the Garden, collaborative installation with Cat Mailloux and Benedict Scheuer, Columbus Printed Arts Center, Columbus, OH, 2022

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


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

FOLDS, curated by Laura Larson & Suzanne Silver, Project: ARTspace, New York, NY, 2024 (forthcoming) 

Trite and True, curated by Miranda Holmes, Dream Clinic Project Space, Columbus, OH, 2022              

this, that, and the other thing, MFA thesis exhibition, Urban Arts Space,Columbus, OH, 2022

Young Painters Competition, Hiestand Galleries, Oxford, OH, 2022

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

29thAnnual Fergus Scholarship Exhibition, Urban Arts Space Online, Columbus, OH, 2021               

Knew Normal, Automat Collective, Philadelphia, PA, 2020              

24-hour Drama, online (24hourdrama.art), Hopkins Hall Gallery and the Hybrid Arts Lab, Columbus, OH, 2020              

Consummate Love, Hopkins Hall Gallery,Columbus, OH, 2020              

Breaking Ground, Wild Goose Creative,Columbus, OH, 2020              

Symbolic Activities, Ohio State FineArts Library, Columbus, OH, 2020              

Women in Cartography, Free Library ofPhiladelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2019              

Laurel Hill Circa…, Laurel HillCemetery, Philadelphia, PA, 2018               

Monuments, Mausoleums, and Museums, SpillwayCollective, Philadelphia, PA, 2018               

Free Forks: Rice University Senior Studio Exhibition, Houston, TX, 2015               

Damn Girl!  Pop-up exhibition curated by Jessica Fuquay, Houston, TX, 2015               

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

Groundwork, Mavis C. Pitman Exhibition Fellowship, Rice Media Center, Houston, TX, 2014              

Sukkah City STL, Sam Fox School of Design, Washington University in St. Louis, MO, 2014              

The World Was Never Flat, MatchboxGallery, Houston, TX, 2014              

Hot Box, Icebox Project Space (CraneArts), Philadelphia, PA, 2014              

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

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

Straight Up, Bubenska 1, Prague, CZ, 2013               

Paper Riot, Rice Media Center, Houston, TX, 2012               

UGx3: Auvillar, Norfolk, and Art Majors, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT, 2012               


COMMUNITYPROJECTS

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, 2022        

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

Rendville Cemetery, The Ohio Field School, Online Project, https://u.osu.edu/rendvillecemetery/, 2020 - present 


TALKS / LECTURES/ PERFORMANCES

Blah Blah Blah Artist Talks, Stove Works, Chattanooga, TN, 2024              

Artist Lecture, Amherst College, Amherst, MA, 2024                

Guest Critic, Pop Up, Columbus Printed Arts Center Exhibition, Ohio University, Athens, OH, 2024              

Visiting Artist Lecture, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH, 2023            

Visiting Artist Lecture, Ohio University, Athens, OH, 2023            

Society for Applied Anthropology, Cincinnati, OH, 2023            

OyG Flat File Friday, Ortegay Gasset Projects, Brooklyn, NY (Virtual Event), 2022            

Ohio State Department of Comparative Studies and Center for Religious Studies Conference, Columbus, OH, 2022         

Community, Social Practices, and Expansive Art Making, presentation with Jacob Kopcienski, Art 2300: Two-Dimensional Studies, Ohio State University, 2022 

Leave No Stone Unturned, guest presentation, Art 5335: Digital Input and Output, Ohio State University, 2022 

Virtual Decoration Day in Rendville Ohio: Creative Ethnographic and Community Building Strategies,” paper presented with Jacob Kopcienski at the Indiana University/ Ohio State University Folklore Conference, 2022 

Crafting Community Narratives in Rendville, Ohio, panel presentation with Harry Ivory, Janis Ivory, Jacob Kopcienski, Alona Norwood, and Jasper Waugh-Quasebarth at the Appalachian Studies Association, 2022 

Creative and Community Engaged Ethnography: Crafting Community Narratives In Rendville Ohio, Presentation with Jacob Kopcienski, Comparative Studies 2350: Introduction to Folklore, Ohio State University, 2022 

Creative and Community-Engaged Ethnography, Presentation with Jacob Kopcienski, Mosaic Experiential Learning in the Humanities; Columbus, OH, 2021              

Panel Discussion, Decolonizing Research Methodologies, The Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme, The Ohio State University, 2021

Panelist, Reimaging Memorials: A Panel Discussion for Museums, Monuments & Mausoleums,  Spillway Collective, Philadelphia, PA, 2018

Guest Lecture, Changing Views of Cemeteries: Building Understanding Online, Association for Death, Education and Counseling Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, 2018               

Guest Lecture, Race, Identity & Experience in American Art, Tyler School of Art, 2017               

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 

Guest Lecture, Popular Culture and Death, Thanatology Department, Kings College, The University of Western Ontario, 2017               


PUBLICATIONS

Chapter for The Ohio Field School: Placemaking, Service- Learning, and Collaborative Ethnography (forthcoming 2024), University of Wisconsin Press), co-written with Jacob Kopcienski.                 

Burial Sites, 13 volume box set artist book, edition of 50,  2023

WAYSTONES, hand bound artist book, edition of 50, 2023

TheThird Body, Passing Notes, Volume 2, 2022, co-written with Addison Namnoum.

You Are Nowhere, plain china, 2014, Volume 3.

R2: The RiceReview. 2014. Selected photos including cover art.

R2: The Rice Review. 2013. Selected photos.

The Rice Standard, Rice University’s Online Magazine. 2012. Selected illustrations.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

Bogia, Chris. “Ortega Y Gasset Projects' Tenth-Anniversary Fundraiser." Artforum, January 31, 2024.

McOmie, Maya. Exhibition Catalogue Essay. this, that, and the other thing, 2022.

White, André. “College of Arts and Sciences Adapt to Outdoor Arts Spaces.” The Lantern, September 3, 2020.

Two Rice University Students Awarded Watson Fellowships.” The Houston Chronical: Chron., March 28, 2015.

Newman, Sophie. “Rice Welcomes Annual Student Art Show.” The Rice Thresher, April 23, 2015.

Strench, Kaylen. “BRC Welcomes StudentExhibition.” The Rice Thresher, April 15, 2015.

Strench, Kaylen. “Interdisciplinary Team Creates Public Art Installation.” The Rice Thresher, October 1, 2014.

Kachkou, Danya. “Pitman Exhibit Showcases Student Work.” The Rice Thresher, February 18, 2014.

“Pitman Exhibition Fellowship Displays Student Collaboration” Humanitas, The Rice University Annual Humanities Magazine, 2014.

Wang, Henry Bair and Skye. “Interiorities pushes viewers out of their comfort zones.” The Rice Thresher, September 24, 2013.

Madanay, Farrah.“Melodies and Minds Mix at Matchbox.” The Rice Thresher, March 30, 2012.

Madanay, Farrah. “A Living Room Invaded by Art and Poetry.” The Rice Thresher, December 1, 2011.

2010-2011 DuPage County Academic Team.” Daily Herald, June 3, 2011.


HONORS /AWARDS

Artist Projects Community-ReviewedGrant, Greater Columbus Arts Council, 2024                   

Funds for Artists, Greater Columbus Arts Council, 2024              

Associated Faculty Research Grant, Department of Art, The Ohio State University, 2023              

Individual Artist Grant, Greater Columbus Arts Council, 2023              

Nomination: The Dedalus Foundation Master of Fine Arts Fellowships in Painting and Sculpture, 2022              

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

Associated Faculty Research Grant, Department of Art, The Ohio State University, 2022              

Alumni Grants for GraduateResearch and Scholarship, The Ohio State University, 2021              

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

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

Global Arts + Humanities Graduate Research Grant, The Ohio State University, 2020              

John Fergus Family Scholarship, The Ohio State University, 2020              

Mavis C. Pitman Memorial Prize in Art, Rice University, 2015              

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

Jessie Matthews Memorial Award in Art, Rice University, 2014             

Dr. John E. ParishSummer Travel Fellowship, Rice University, 2014             

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

Raymond John Swift Medal in Art, Rice University, 2012              


COLLECTIONS

The Ohio State University Rare Books Library, Columbus, Ohio

The Ohio State University Public Art Collection, Columbus, Ohio

The Free Library, Philadelphia, PA

The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Lecturer, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2022 - present       

Instructor of Record, Beginning Drawing, The Ohio State University Columbus, OH, 2020-21   

Teaching Artist, Printmaking Without A Press, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA, 2018           

Teaching Assistant to Lisa Lapinski, Beginning Sculpture, Rice University, 2015            

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


CURATORIAL PROJECTS


AUTOMATCuratorial Collective Member, Philadelphia, PA, 2018- 2023

    Office Hours, participatory exhibition about higher education in the arts, February 18- March 4, 2023              

    The Third Body Part 2: Enduring, co-curated with Addison Namnoum, featuring Nicki Cherry,

    Jessica Fuquay, Rachel Hsu, and Aaron Storm, October 8-29, 2022             

    Reverse Grip, featuring Rebecca Arp, Madeleine Conover, Gabrielle Constantine,Catherine Nelson, Chau Nguyen, Hannah Parrett, and Todd Stong, July 9 - August 6, 2022             

    The Third Body Part 1: Utterances, co-curated with Addison Namnoum, featuring Nicki Cherry, Jessica Fuquay, Rachel Hsu, and Aaron Storm, April 9 - 30, 2022                     

    Cultivating a Garden Off Grid, featuring Calista Lyon, Sam Calvetti, and Zachary Rawe, November 1 - December 1, 2019      


Matchbox GalleryGallery Director, Rice University, Houston, TX, 2013-2015

    Rokk: FieldNotes, 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 - March 1, 2015              

    Recommended forYou, 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 Rice Gallery and the Taikang Space (Bejing), April 10 - 20, 2014          

    MELONCHOLY: Featuring “Melon Man and Unpleasant Brunch,” Claire Elestwani, 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, Special Screening: March 13, 2014

    MINDGAMES, Juan Borbon, February 27 - March 13, 2014

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

    Rolled & Stoned, Sophie Eichner, Geraldine Franco, Gabbie Hulet, Kelly King, Claire O’Malley, Ellen Marsh, 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


ADDITIONAL EMPLOYEMENT

Studio Facilitator and Special Project Assistant for Ann Hamilton, 2023-present 

Archival and Special Project Assistant for Dani and Sheilah Restack, 2023-present

Archival and Special Project Assistant for Carmen Winant, 2022-23        

Preparator, Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, 2017-19          

Preparator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 2015-17          

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