Two sculptures by artist Conifer Smith.
FAYETTE, Iowa (August 22, 2013) – Conifer Smith's "Conifer: Choreography in Clay and Glass" will be available at Upper Iowa University's Bing-Davis Art Gallery located in Edgar Fine Arts Hall August 29 through October 5. Smith will lecture Thursday, August 29, from 2:30-3:30, and an opening reception will be held from 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Smith, an associate professor of art at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been working as an artist for over 20 years. She uses clay as her primary medium of expression. She began her initial ceramics study as an apprentice, and attended workshops with Paul Soldner, Don Reitz, Rudy Autio, Tashiko Takeazu, Yukio Yamamoto, Mitsuo Kakatani and many others. Smith taught ceramics and mixed media classes at the Octagon Art Center in Ames, Iowa. In 1979, she attended Penland School of Crafts in Penland, N.C. After working as a functional artist for over 10 years, Smith earned a B.F.A. in 1991 from the University of Iowa. During this time she also studied sculpture.
Defined by her passion for teaching, Smith entered Iowa State University to pursue her graduate studies. There, she taught visual foundations (two-dimensional design), and assisted teaching the history of design course. In addition to ceramics, Smith also studied jewelry and metalsmithing, fibers and multicultural art education. She also served as assistant to the director of the core curriculum in the Art/Design department at Iowa State University.
Smith earned a master's degree in ceramics from Iowa State in 2001. At the time, Smith was invited to join the faculty at Kirkwood Community College. There, she heads the ceramics/sculpture program. She earned her master's degree from the University of Iowa in 2004.
Smith's work has been included in a variety of shows and exhibitions over the years. Her artwork is also part of numerous private and corporate collections. Community service has been an integral part of Smith's life as an artist and educator. She has conducted many workshops with high schools, community centers and colleges.
For more information about the exhibit at Upper Iowa University contact, Elissa Wenthe UIU assistant professor of art and Bing-Davis Art Gallery director, at 563-380-4764, firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out www.uiu.edu/art.
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