Dr. Craig Smith is an American media artist whose art and research focuses on the process, aesthetics, and ethics of human‐to‐human interactivity in contemporary art, especially photography, sound, and socially engaged performances. Smith and his contemporaries are active in a diverse, media-enriched and socially engaged cultural field in which curating and the production of spaces of encounter are conceptualized, defined, and instrumentalized. Smith is the Director of Culture for Column Health, LLC and the curator of unaffiliate.us.
Smith has been awarded grants from numerous organizations including the New York State Council on the Arts as well as the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. In 2013 Smith curated the exhibition Art of Sport using diverse conceptual aesthetic modes to address the social engagement with a culture of competitive sports in the United States and abroad. The exhibition featured an international group of artists including Lee Walton, John Baldessari, Matthew Bakkom, Daria Martin, Paul Pfeiffer, Brad Beesely, Mitch Miller, Hans van der Meer, Vesna Pavlovic' and Catherine Opie.
Smith’s books about art practice and social engagement include Training Manual for Relational Art (2009) as well as On the Subject of the Photographic (2007). Smith’s forthcoming book publication, entitled Relational Art: A Guided Tour, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2019. Smith creates original compositions and sound recordings with Lunacy Records and publishes with Lunasongs Music. His Parasite and Endless Nights releases were created with Dave Copenhaver and have been performed live as multimedia performances in the United States and China. Two new recordings; Special Chivalry and Song of the South, will be released in January of 2019.
Smith's exhibitions of photography, live sound performances, lectures, and other art media have been featured at an international range of museums, galleries, art fairs, athletic facilities, and financial organizations including the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., PS1MOMA Contemporary Art Institute in New York, The Tate Modern in London, The George Eastman House in Rochester, the Cantor Film Center (NYU), the Hudson River Museum, the Mao Live House (Beijing), CAFA (Beijing) and the Burchfield Penney Art Center (Buffalo) as well as galleries and art fairs including CEPA Gallery (Buffalo), Galerie Schuster Photo (Berlin), the Douglas Hyde Gallery (Dublin), RARE Art (New York), SCM Hong Kong, ARTSPACE Sydney, The Kent Gallery and White Columns (New York), Elsewhere Museum, and the Scope Art fairs in London, New York, and Miami. He has had twenty-four solo exhibitions of photography and other media in the last twelve years of his career.
Smith has held teaching positions at numerous universities and colleges including New York University, Goldsmiths College, and the London College of Communication (University of the Arts London). Smith joined the University of Florida in 2010.
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