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Chris D. Smith

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Lives in
Chicago, IL

Works in
Chicago, IL


Eastern Illinois University, 2009, MA
School of the Art Institue of Chicago, 2006, BFA
Northern Illinios University, 1998, BS

abstract, mixed-media


Chris D Smith

Lives and works in Chicago, IL

"In contemporary art making, the languages of abstraction are almost inextricable from their academic and theoretical histories, but instead of simply reiterating any of these well-worn dialogues, I opt to only sample them. I have found within this long history of abstract painting many of the tools I use to carry out my own intellectual and aesthetic goals. The pains, joys, failures, challenges and accomplishments that I have experienced in the past, and my anxious anticipations of the future, each find a metaphorical place in the forms, palettes and textures that play out in my work.

Just as time is inherent in what our lives become, as is the process by which a painting is crafted. Purposefully exposing the layered history of my paintings, I instill the works with a complexity that mirrors that of a human experience. I aim for the tension and harmony that result from contrasting organic and geometric forms, neutral and saturated tones, and smooth and rough surfaces to both stimulate the viewer’s emotional and cerebral capacities as well as express my own perceptions and experiences.

I am calloused, tainted, and enlightened"



Master of Arts, summa cum laude, 2008-2009
Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
Award of Excellence: Distinguished Graduate Student

Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2003-2006
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Bachelor of Science, Operations Management and Information Systems, 1992-1998
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL


-Bruno David Gallery, front room, Solo Show, Interaction, St. Louis, MO

-Gallery 175, Two Person Show, Chris D Smith and Robert Burnier, All the King’s  
 Horses, 175 W. Jackson, Chicago, IL
-Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Taking Chances, Curated by Sarah Krepp, Evanston, IL
-Monmouth College, Hewes Library, Gallery 204, Push, Solo Show, Monmouth, IL

-Illinois State Museum (Chicago), some DIALOGUE, Chicago, IL
-Governors State University – Visual Arts Gallery, National Juried Exhibition: Ways of 
 Making, Jurors: Aaron Ott (Curator) and Jason Foumberg (editor, columnist, 
 freelance writer and critic), University Park, IL
-Matthew Marks Gallery, WaterKeeper Alliance: ArtForWater Benefit – Auction,  
 Hosted by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Jeff Koons, New York, NY

-Walnut Ink Gallery, Unspoken Language, Solo Show, Michigan City, IN

-The Sullivan Galleries, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, BareWalls, 
 Chicago, IL
-Tarble Arts Center, When I Grow Up…, Graduate Art Exhibition, Charleston, IL, 
-The Paper Café, Brother Can You Spare a Dime? Charleston, IL

-Art Fart, Group Show, Charleston, IL
-estudiotres, Summer Group Show, Chicago, IL

-G2 Gallery, SAIC Undergraduate Exhibition, Chicago, IL

-New Space Chicago (Lloyd Dobler Gallery), Chicago, IL
-Avant Grande, Resolution Digital Studios, Chicago, IL
-New Space Chicago (Lloyd Dobler Gallery), Chicago, IL

Lectures, Presentations, Publications

-Lecturer for Chris Cosnowski of the American Academy of Art, Chicago at Linda 
 Warren Gallery, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

-Review: New City Art, Eye Exam: My Top Art Picks for Chicago and the Midwest 
 2013, Pedro Velez, Dec 12, 2013,

-Visiting Artist: student critiques, public lecture and solo exhibition, Monmouth 
 College, Monmouth, IL, December 2012 and February 2013

-Artist Chris Smith Talking Shop, by ChicagoArts - MartinJon Garcia, Published on 
 Mar 21, 2013.

-Juror - Governors State University - 2012 Illinois Community College Juried 
 Exhibition, January 27 - March 2012

-Chris D. Smith’s "Unspoken Language", Review by Zachary Johnson on The Chicago 
 Arts Archive - Sixty Inches From Center,, Jun 27th, 2011

-Sitting Down With Chris Smith, Zachary Johnson, Sixty Inches From Center, , Mar 31, 2011

-Lecturer for Paul Klein, KLEIN ARTIST WORKS 
 (, at Linda Warren Gallery, November 22, 

-Lecturer for Loretta Bourque from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago at 
 Linda Warren Gallery, 2009


-Director, Linda Warren Projects, Chicago, IL, 2009 - Present
-Search Engine Optimization, Google / DoubleClick, Chicago IL, 2007-2008
-Software Support, Training and Sales, Information Resources, Inc., Chicago, IL,
-Micro-Computer Trainer / Desktop Publisher, Department of Transportation, 
 Dixon, IL, 1996-1997

Recent Exhibits

Chris D. Smith participated in these exhibits:

May, 2014 Interaction
Bruno David Gallery
Apr, 2013 All the King's Horses
Gallery 175
Oct, 2012 some DIALOGUE
Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery
Jun, 2012 Ways of Making: National Juried Competition, 2012
Visual Arts Gallery, Governors State University
Jun, 2011 Chris D. Smith, "Unspoken Language" Solo Exhibition
Walnut Ink Projects
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