Nelson Smith has received numerous awards for his work as a painter, performance and sound artist. His work is included in many significant public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art’s Artist Book Archive and the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Smith’s painting is known for schematic languages integrated with representational object relationships. In recent years his painting has investigated, through his schematics, the expressive nature of landscape, remix process in relation to landscape traditions, and alternative approaches to portraiture.
Composed and performed for his own experimental theater productions, his sound designs and scores have also been commissioned for the films and performance works of Sue Carman-Vian, among others. His theatrical and installation works have been presented in a variety of theater and performance spaces in Detroit, New York, and Cleveland.
He earned his MFA in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art, BA from the College of Wooster, and studies in New York with artist Agnes Denes. He teaches painting and drawing at Kansas State University.
The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, the Lighton International Artists Exchange Program coordinated by the Kansas City Artists Coalition, and the College of Arts and Science at Kansas State University, particularly the Department of Art, have made this all possible. Sincere thanks to all these institutions.