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Robert DeWitt Smith - Biographical Information
2735 Deborah Drive

Tallahassee, Florida 32310

Artist’s Statement:  The following are some of the things I try to accomplish in my paintings.  Foremost, I wish each painting to provide fresh insights to both myself and others. Working  freely between representational and abstract paintings I strive not to be overly consumed by a developed style or convention.  Creating and observing art has always been a passion and all work produced is in some way related to my personal experiences.  The development of a series of related paintings is always open-ended and may overlap other series in progress.

 Biography:  I grew up in the Tallahassee area earning a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art at Florida State University where I was fortunate to have an outstanding cadre of art instructors that included Karl Zerbe, Fred Holschuh, Florence Kava and Rudolph Jegart.  Subsequently I earned a Masters Degree at Syracuse University.

  Experiences include:

Graphics Coordinator for Educational Resources - University of South Florida
Graphics Supervisor for Instructional Communications - Syracuse University
Consultant (two years with U.S.A.I.D in Enugu, Nigeria) training Nigerians in applying educational graphic support
Faculty position teaching educational graphics - S.U.N.Y. at Oswego, NY
Media consultant - Florida Department of Education

 

Exhibitions include:

2016    An Art Show for the New Year - Southern Exposure Art Gallery, Tallahassee, FL

2015    Invitational Artists Exhibition (2-person) -Sautee Nacoochee, Sautee, GA

2014     Senior Center Instructors Show - Senior Center Visiting Artists Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
              26th Annual Art in Gadsden  (1st Place Award) - Gadsden Arts Center, Quincy, FL
              FSU Artists’ League Summer Annual - FSU Museum of Fine Art, Tallahassee, FL               

2013     25th Annual Art in Gadsden  - Gadsden Arts Center, Quincy, FL
              Summer Exhibition - Radiology Associates of Tallahassee
             
Senior Artist Showcase 2013  (Best of Show Award) - Multi-venue, Tallahassee, FL

2012     24th Annual Art in Gadsden (work selected for the show’s poster and program cover)

2011     23rd  Annual Art in Gadsden (Best of Show Award)- Gadsden Arts Center, Quincy, FL
              Paintings by Robert DeWitt Smith - The Brokaw-McDougall House, Tallahassee, FL
              Artists’ League Annual: “It's All Psychological: Self Portraits" (1st Place Award) - FSU Museum of Fine Art, Tallahassee, FL
              Valdosta National 2011 – Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA

2010     22nd Annual Art in Gadsden - Gadsden Arts Center, Quincy, FL

2009     REAL to Abstract and Back: Robert DeWitt Smith - One-man show at Gadsden Arts Center, Quincy, FL
              21st Annual Art in Gadsden - Gadsden Arts Center, Quincy, FL
              Artists’ League “Go Green” Show - FSU Museum of Fine Art, Tallahassee, FL

2008     Senior Center Instructors Show - Senior Center Visiting Artists Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
              Senior Art Showcase - Multi-venue, Tallahassee, FL
              20th Annual Art in Gadsden - Gadsden Arts Center, Quincy, FL
              FSU Artists’ League Summer Annual - FSU Museum of Fine Art, Tallahassee, FL

2007     Robert DeWitt Smith Paintings - One-man show at Senior Center Visiting Artists Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
              FSU Artists’ League Summer Annual - FSU Museum of Fine Art, Tallahassee, FL
              19th Annual Art in Gadsden - Gadsden Arts Center, Quincy, FL
              Leon County Public Library Artists’ League Invitational Summer Art Display - Tallahassee, FL

1997     FSU Artists’ League Summer Annual  - FSU Museum of Fine Art, Tallahassee, FL

1996     7th Summer Showcase (Visitors Choice/ 2nd Place) - Thomasville Arts Guild, Thomasville, GA
              Creative Tallahassee (3rd Place) - Cultural Resources Commission (CRC), Tallahassee, FL
              Tallahassee Little Theater Exhibition, Tallahassee, FL
              Paintings by Robert DeWitt Smith and Sculpture by David Engdahl - Two-man show CRC, Tallahassee, FL
              35th Bay Annual (1st Place) - Visual Arts Center, Panama City, FL

1995     6th Summer Showcase (Honorable Mention) - Thomasville Arts Guild, Thomasville, GA

1994     5th Summer Showcase - Thomasville Arts Guild, Thomasville, GA

1993     4th Summer Showcase - Thomasville Arts Guild, Thomasville, GA

1992     Creative Tallahassee - Tallahassee City Hall, Tallahassee, FL

1984     Images of North Florida - Tallahassee City Hall, Tallahassee, FL