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School of Art Research Colloquium: Sarah Smelser
The School of Art presents a Research Colloquium Lecture given by Sarah Smelser. Sarah received her BA from University of California at Santa Cruz, her MA and MFA from the University of Iowa. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center; The Franz Masereel Center, Kasterlee, Belgium; Artica, Bilbao, Spain; Kala Art Institute, Emeryville, CA; Jentel Artist Residency, Banner, WY; and Skopelos Foundation for the Arts, Skopelos, Greece; Anchor Graphics, Chicago; and the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ballycastle, Ireland. Her work is in the collections of the Readers’ Digest Association, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, the Jane Vorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, the Spencer Museum at University of Kansas, Hallmark Corporate Collection, and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts.
Smelser has had solo exhibitions at Bridgewater/Lustberg & Blumenfeld, New York City; Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York City; Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI; Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh; Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois; University of Wyoming; Diablo Valley College; and Luther College. Her work has been included in many invitational and juried shows, and been shown at numerous art fairs including Art Frankfurt, Estampa (in Madrid), the Affordable Art Fair in New York, Art Miami, Red Dot Art Fair in New York and Miami, Art Santa Fe, Art Chicago, EDITION Chicago, Boston Print Fair, Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair, Editions/Artists? Book Fair, and the Los Angeles Art Show.
Smelser’s work has been reviewed in Art on Paper: The Journal of Prints, Drawings and Photography and Abstract Art Online, and has been reproduced in New American Paintings.
Smelser is a Professor of Art at Illinois State University and a co-founder of Manneken Press with her husband, Master Printer Jonathan Higgins. Manneken Press is a fine art print publishing venture, currently thriving in Bloomington, Illinois, publishing the work of artists from around the United States and Columbia.
All School of Art Research Colloquium lectures are free and open to the public.