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John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series Welcomes Shinique Smith

Shinique Smith

Penn State School of Visual Arts' John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series is pleased to welcome Shinique Smith. Like the vast store of her source material, Shinique Smith uses murals, installations, sculpture, and drawings to create objects of both personal and social reflection. Smith’s lecture, "Beyond the Gesture," will take place Tuesday, March 29, 4:30 PM.

Born in Baltimore, Smith now lives and works in upstate New York. Her work is inspired by the vast nature of ‘things’ that we consume and discard, which resonate on a personal and social scale. The graffiti of her youth, Japanese calligraphy, and abstraction are influences from which she extracts “the graceful and spiritual qualities in written word and the everyday.” 

Smith’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston); Brooklyn Museum of Art; Deutsche Guggenheim (Berlin); Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art (North Miami); the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery (Washington, D.C.); The New Museum (New York); MOMA/PS1 (New York); and the Studio Museum in Harlem, among others.

Smith received her B.F.A. (1992) and M.F.A. (2003) from Maryland Institute College of Art, where she now serves on the Board of Trustees, and her Master of Arts in Teaching (2000) from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University. She is represented by James Cohan Gallery, New York and Shanghai; Brand New Gallery, Milan; and David Castillo Gallery, Miami.

Lectures are free of charge and open to the public. For complete details about the John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series, and an entire listing of events, please visit: