3’5” x 4’11” x 2’2”

Wood, Pigments, and Structolite



Ed Smith


1956, Baltimore, MD

Currently resides : Valatie, NY

Undergraduate School/year/degree:

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, 1978, BFA

Graduate School/year/degree

Columbia University Graduate School of Painting and Sculpture, New York, NY, MFA, 1980


Selected Exhibitions:

Robert Steele Gallery, NYC, 2008

“Tragedy, Adventures and Triumphs,” Albrecht-Kemper Museum, St. Joseph, MO, 2005

Traveling exhibition: “A Grand Battle – Songs of Heroism,” Paul Mellon Art Center, Choate/Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT


Selected Collections:

Royal Museum of Fine Art, Antwerp, Belgium

The British Museum, London, England

The Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, NH


Selected Awards:

John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Fellow, Drawing and Sculpture, 1994-95

Award for Teaching Excellence, National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts, Miami, FL 1988

Ford Foundation Fellowship, 1977




5’3” x 2’ x 1’11”

Wood, Pigments, and Structolite



Artist Statement:

Things are. Accept it or not. The truth comes in a plain wrapper. It is. Not what you want, not what you always like. Truth is unbending. Things said sometimes ring true for generations, for all time. There is no need to rephrase them.

An Artist’s job is to work, not write.

I Work.

“This is the life long task, full of danger and toil, which they are always imposing upon themselves. None enjoy their good things less, because they are always seeking more. To do their duty is their only holiday, and they deem the quiet of inaction to be as disagreeable as the most tiresome business. If a man should say of them, in a word, that they were born neither to have peace themsleves nor to allow peace to other men, he would simply speak the truth.”

Speech of the Corinthians, 432 BC