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Mixed Media Sculptor and Installation Artist   


Russ Smith
P.O. Box 833
Wakefield, Rhode Island 02880
(401) 241-7349
 
Artist’s Statement
 
I create unique, award-winning, mixed media three-dimensional works and installations.  I am inspired by the Italian and Greek artists who were part of the Arte Povera movement of the 1960’s and 70’s.  I often use found objects and items from everyday life in my art.  Working with materials as diverse as rust, sand, barbed wire, wood, metal, water, and a variety of paints, I make visceral art that is at times overtly political and in direct response to the present social climate in the United States and abroad, at other times deeply personal and enigmatic.  In many instances, my art drives itself during the creation process.  The finished piece often surprises me.
 
2010 Group and Solo Exhibitions and Installations
 
South County Art Association, Members Invitational Exhibition, Kingston, Rhode Island.
 
2010 Juried Shows
 
South County Art Association, Open Juried Art Annual 2010 Exhibition, Kingston, Rhode Island.
 
Other 2010 Exhibitions
 
83rd Members Annual Exhibition, South County Art Association, Kingston, Rhode Island.
 
2008 Group and Solo Exhibitions and Installations
 
Firehouse No. 13, "Second Annual Arts and Activism Exhibition" invitational group show, Providence, Rhode Island.
 
Machines With Magnets, "Experiencing the War in Iraq" invitational group exhibition, Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
 
Narrows Center for the Arts, "Experiencing the War in Iraq" invitational group exhibition, Fall River, Massachusetts.
 
Amelia Bleu Gallery, "The America I Believed In" invitational group exhibition, Olneyville, Rhode Island.
 
Other 2008 Exhibitions
 
81st Members Annual Exhibition, South County Art Association, Kingston, Rhode Island.
 
2007 Grants
 
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), $2000.00 project grant for "One Morning in Haditha" site-specific gallery installation.
 
2007 Awards
 
"Shades of Blue" (mixed media assemblage) (2007).  The DeBlois Gallery, "A Show Of Hands," Newport, Rhode Island.
 
"Shades of Blue" (mixed media assemblage) (2007).  South County Art Association, All Media Open Juried I 2007 Show, Kingston, Rhode Island, Third Place.
 
“The Box” (found object sculpture) (2007).  South County Art Association, Open Juried Art Annual 2007 Show, Kingston, Rhode Island, Jim Visconti Award for Sculpture.
 
2007 Group and Solo Exhibitions and Installations
 
Arts for Peace Gallery, selected works from "Waging Peace" international art exhibition, New York City.
 
Hera Gallery, "Concrete: Work from the Urban Environment" invitational group exhibition, Wakefield, Rhode Island.
 
Brown University, "Watching War" invitational group exhibition (site-specific installation), Providence, Rhode Island.
 
Firehouse No. 13, "The Library Show" invitational group exhibition, Providence, Rhode Island.
 
Four Corners Arts Center, Summer 2007 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Tiverton, Rhode Island. 
 
Firehouse No. 13, "One Morning in Haditha" solo gallery installation, Providence, Rhode Island.
 
2007 Juried Shows
 
Wickford Art Association, "Interiors" open juried show, Wickford, Rhode Island.
 
Gallery X, "New Works" juried exhibition, New Bedford, Massachusetts. 
 
South County Art Association, All Media Open Juried I 2007 Show, Kingston, Rhode Island.
 
Wickford Art Association, 12th Annual Art of the Ocean State open juried show, Wickford, Rhode Island.
  
South County Art Association, Open Juried Art Annual 2007 Show, Kingston, Rhode Island.
 
Portsmouth Arts Guild, "Abstractions" juried exhibition, Portsmouth, Rhode Island.
 
Wickford Art Association, "Art of the Senses" open juried show, Wickford, Rhode Island.
 
South County Art Association, All Media Open Juried II 2007 Show, Kingston, Rhode Island.
 
Other 2007 Exhibitions
 
"A Show Of Hands," The DeBlois Gallery, Newport, Rhode Island.
 
80th Members Annual Exhibition, South County Art Association, Kingston, Rhode Island.
 
The 3rd Annual Great Art Heist, South County Art Association, Kingston, Rhode Island.
 
2006 Grants
 
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), $600.00 project grant for Block Island driftwood installation.
 
2006 Awards
 
"Guantanamo" (mixed media sculpture) (2005).  The DeBlois Gallery, "A Piece Of My Mind," Newport, Rhode Island, Best In Show 3-D.
 
"Pepere" (mixed media assemblage) (2006).  Wickford Art Association, Avant Garde/Abstract Art open juried show, Wickford, Rhode Island, Third Place Award. 
 
2006 Group and Solo Exhibitions and Installations
 
South County Art Association, Members Invitational Exhibition, Kingston, Rhode Island.
 
Courthouse Center for the Arts, "Fallujah Blues" solo gallery installation, West Kingston, Rhode Island.
 
AS220 Upstairs Gallery, solo exhibition, Providence, Rhode Island.
 
Thirty-Six Hour Gallery, "One Morning in Haditha" solo gallery installation, Boston, Massachusetts.
 
Hera Gallery, "Waging Peace" international contemporary art exhibition, Wakefield, Rhode Island.
 
New Harbor, Block Island, "Gracie," temporary site-specific outdoor driftwood installation, Block Island, Rhode Island. 
 
2006 Juried Shows
 
Wickford Art Association, "Music For Your Eyes" open juried show, Wickford, Rhode Island.
 
Starpin Gallery, "Wood Water War," a national juried exhibition, Shelton, Connecticut. 
 
South County Art Association, All Media Open Juried I 2006 Show, Kingston, Rhode Island.
 
Gallery X, "A Question of Faith: A Religious Art Show," New Bedford, Massachusetts.
 
South County Art Association, Open Juried Art Annual 2006 Show, Kingston, Rhode Island.
 
Warwick Museum of Art, 20th Rhode Island Open Juried Art Competition and Exhibition, Warwick, Rhode Island.
 
Wickford Art Association, Avante Garde/Abstract Art open juried show, Wickford, Rhode Island.
 
Other 2006 Exhibitions
 
"A Novel Idea," Spring Bull Gallery, Newport, Rhode Island.
 
"A Piece Of My Mind," The DeBlois Gallery, Newport, Rhode Island.
 
Island Arts Gallery, 8th Annual Unjuried Show, Newport, Rhode Island. 
 
Chairs for Chariho, Chariho Regional School District, Wood River Junction, Rhode Island.
 
Gallery X, 17th Annual Public Hanging Group Show, New Bedford, Massachusetts.
 
79th Members Annual Exhibition, South County Art Association, Kingston, Rhode Island.
 
The 2nd Annual Great Art Heist, Artist Donated Artwork Fundraiser, South County Art Association, Kingston, Rhode Island.
 
2005 Awards
 
"Burn Victim" (mixed media sculpture) (2004-05).  The Artists' Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, 12th Annual Regional Art Exhibit, Westerly, Rhode Island, Honorable Mention.
 
“Home Sweet Home” (mixed media sculpture) (2005).  South County Art Association, Open Juried Art Annual 2005 Show, Kingston, Rhode Island, Jim Visconti Award for Sculpture.
 
“Shady Lea Mill” (mixed media installation) (2005).  Wickford Art Association, 10th Annual Art of the Ocean State Open Juried Show, Wickford, Rhode Island, Honorable Mention.
 
2005 Juried Shows
 
The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, 12th Annual Regional Art Exhibit, Westerly, Rhode Island.
 
South County Art Association, All Media Open Juried I 2005 Show, Kingston, Rhode Island.
 
Hera Gallery, CORNUCOPIA, a national juried exhibition of work utilizing still life and tableaux, Wakefield, Rhode Island.
 
South County Art Association, Open Juried Art Annual 2005 Show, Kingston, Rhode Island.
 
Wickford Art Association, 10th Annual Art of the Ocean State open juried show, Wickford, Rhode Island.
 
Gallery X, 16th Annual Public Hanging Group Show, New Bedford, Massachusetts.
 
Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Gallery, Annual Open Juried Exhibition 2005, Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
 
Massachusetts College of Art, Godine Gallery, Political Art Exhibition, Boston, Massachusetts.
 
Wickford Art Association, Avante Garde/Abstract Art open juried show, Wickford, Rhode Island.
 
Other 2005 Exhibitions
 
"Poetry in Art," Spring Bull Gallery, Newport, Rhode Island.
 
Salon des Independants, Hygienic Art XXVI Exhibition, Hygienic Art Galleries, New London, Connecticut.
 
Chairs for Chariho, Chariho Regional School District, Wood River Junction, Rhode Island.
 
The Great Art Heist, South County Art Association, Kingston, Rhode Island.
 
"It Was The Best Of Times, It Was The Worst Of Times," The DeBlois Gallery, Newport, Rhode Island.
 
"Art in Motion," Randall Art Gallery, Jamestown, Rhode Island.
 
78th Members Annual Exhibition, South County Art Association, Kingston, Rhode Island.
 
2nd Annual Peace Dale Peace Fair, Peace Dale Arts Initiative, Peace Dale, Rhode Island
 
2004 Awards
 
“Go Fish” (mixed media sculpture) (2004).  South County Art Association, All Media Open Juried I 2004 Show, Kingston, Rhode Island, First Place.
 
“Rummy’s Sandbox” (mixed media sculpture) (2004).  South County Art Association, Open Juried Art Annual 2004 Show, Kingston, Rhode Island, Art Association Award.
 
2004 Juried Shows
 
South County Art Association, All Media Open Juried I 2004 Show, Kingston, Rhode Island.
 
South County Art Association, Open Juried Art Annual 2004 Show, Kingston, Rhode Island.
 
Wickford Art Association, 9th Annual Art of the Ocean State open juried show, Wickford, Rhode Island.
 
Warwick Museum of Art, 18th Annual Rhode Island Open Juried Art Competition and Exhibition, Warwick, Rhode Island.
 
Other 2004 Exhibitions
 
"The Last Word: Art Visions in Words, Letters, Glyphs and Symbols," The DeBlois Gallery, Newport, Rhode Island.
 
"Abecedarian – The Art of the Alphabet," Courthouse Center for the Arts, West Kingston, Rhode Island.
 
Narragansett Art Festival, Narragansett, Rhode Island.
 
77th Members Annual Exhibition, South County Art Association, Kingston, Rhode Island.
 
1st Annual Peace Dale Peace Fair, Peace Dale Arts Initiative, Peace Dale, Rhode Island.
 
Past and Present Art Memberships and Affiliations
 
South County Art Association, Artist Member, Kingston, Rhode Island.
 
Peace Dale Arts Initiative, Peace Dale, Rhode Island.
 
Courthouse Center for the Arts, Artist Member, West Kingston, Rhode Island.
 
Newport Art Museum, Newport, Rhode Island.




 
© Russ Smith 2006