Nan Smith is an artist known for her contemplative installations and figure sculptures. Her ceramic art works synthesize sculpture with digital photo montages. Over the years she has explored social narratives that reflect her interest in spirituality, nostalgia and environmental issues.
Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and is in the collections of The American Express Corporation, The Lamar Dodd Art Center, The Burlington County Community College, The Givat Haviva Art Center, Israel, and the World Ceramics Exposition Korea International Collection, Ichon, Korea. She has been the recipient of four State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship Grants (1981, 1992, 1998, 2010), an NEA-funded Southern Arts Federation Fellowship in Sculpture (1993), and a University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship (2000-2003). She has been awarded funded residencies by the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, and The Association of Israel’s Decorative Arts. Her sculpture has been presented in book chapters in: “The Figure in Clay” (USA) and “World Famous Ceramic Artists Studios” (China); in feature articles in Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics: Art and Perception, Sculpture, World Sculpture News, China Ceramic Artist magazines, as well as in over 35 books and periodicals.
For the past twenty years, Nan has travelled nationally presenting workshops and lecturing on her innovative mold-making, photo imaging techniques and concepts. In 2012 she served at the juror working for Lark and Sterling publishers to create the second edition of “500 Figures in Clay”. Nan served as the co-juror for the 2006 NCECA Regional Student Juried Exhibition in Portland, Oregon, and for Alchemy: from Dust to Form, The Ceramics National presented by the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art in 2011. She has curated three CIE exhibitions for the National Council for Education in Ceramics Conferences. Nan Smith lives in Gainesville, Florida where she maintains her studio and teaches ceramics for the School of Art + Art History at the University of Florida.