BRENDAN L. SMITH

Exhibitions

2018    

METROPOLIS, site-specific suspended installation using old battered street signs, Takoma Park Community Center

Fluid Dynamics, mixed-media work from three series in curated group exhibition, Takoma Park Community Center

2017    

Selfie: Me, Myself, and Us, juried group exhibition by the Sparkplug Collective exploring themes about technology, identity, and digital deception, Flashpoint Gallery

 Smithsonian American Art Museum, artist talk by the Sparkplug Collective in the Luce Foundation Center for American Art about the Selfie: Me, Myself, and Us exhibition     

2016

Power (I Know It When…), site-specific installation about gun violence, curated exhibition by the Sparkplug Collective, D.C. Arts Center

2015

Art All Night, grant-supported multi-media installation in historic Carnegie Library featuring melted vinyl artwork, interactive sound-activated video projection, and DJ beats     

G40 Art Summit, featured artist, curated group exhibition of outsider artists, Art Whino Gallery annex, 700 H Street NE,

Dis/Satisfaction, curated group exhibition by the Sparkplug Collective, D.C. Arts Center 

Laser Cat, artwork projected during performance art party by the Barcelona-based Hungry Castle collective that featured a giant inflatable cat with laser eyes, The Yards Park 

Cherry Blast, group exhibition curated by Art Whino Gallery, official event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival 

Art Night, juried fundraiser for Washington Project for the Arts, Hickok Cole, Georgetown

Lost & Found, juried group exhibition featuring found objects, Off Rhode Gallery

(Re)Creation: An Artist’s Exploration, curated group exhibition, ReCreative Spaces Gallery

#WeTweetArt, group exhibition featuring interactive social media, artDC, Lustine Center, Hyattsville, Md. 

2014

Ghosts in the Machine, solo exhibition of Ghosts in the Machine series in the American Visionary Art Museum’s top-floor restaurant, Baltimore, Md.    

Mayhem, national juried group exhibition, Gallery Underground, Crystal City, Va.     

2012    

Artomatic, volunteer gallery manager and featured artist, Crystal City

1460 Wall Mountables, group exhibition, D.C. Arts Center 

2011

Dia de Los Muertos: The Art of Remembrance, juried group exhibition, Target Gallery,  Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, Va.

Art on Belmont, juried art fair during Adams Morgan Day

Marcatus, art fair juried by Art Whino Gallery, The Yards Park 

2010

First on First Art Walk, featured artist, First Street NW

Curves, juried exhibition exploring human body, Art League, Alexandria

Found, juried group exhibition featuring found objects, Art League

2009

My Space on 7th, group exhibition, Touchstone Gallery 

Artomatic, volunteer gallery manager and featured artist, 55 M St. SE

1460 Wall Mountables, group exhibition, D.C. Arts Center 

2008    

My Space on 7th, group exhibition, Touchstone Gallery

1460 Wall Mountables, site-specific installation, D.C. Arts Center

2007

Art on the Small Side, juried group exhibition, Touchstone Gallery 

1460 Wall Mountables, group exhibition, D.C. Arts Center

National Arts Program, group exhibition, National Press Club 

 2004    

Recycle Santa Fe, group exhibition of recycled art, Sweeney Convention Center, Santa Fe, NM

sELECTIONs, social protest art exhibition, Santa Fe Art Institute 

2003

Read Street Fine Art, founding member of co-op gallery in downtown Santa Fe 

Peace Show, political art exhibition, Artists Resistance Movement 

2002

Merging Worlds, solo exhibition of mixed-media artwork and sculpture, Back Street Bistro 

Arte de Descartes III, juried group exhibition of recycled art, Stables Art Center, Taos

ALPHA Fine Arts, curated group exhibition in Santa Fe gallery          

 Education

 University of North Carolina, B.A. with honors in journalism, Phi Beta Kappa member, merit scholarship recipient, and student member of the journalism school’s Board of Visitors  

Manchester University, England, studied art history, English literature, and other subjects; traveled to art museums across Europe  

 

Awards and Grants

 2018    

Artist Fellowship Program, juried competitive grant awarded by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities in recognition of artistic merit and contributions to local arts community    

Honorable Mention, Commentary and Criticism category for arts writing, Dateline Awards, Society for Professional Journalists, D.C. chapter  

 2017

Honorable Mention, Commentary and Criticism category for arts writing, Dateline Awards, Society for Professional Journalists, D.C. chapter  

2016

Artist Fellowship Program, juried competitive grant awarded by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities in recognition of artistic merit and contributions to local arts community

2015    

Art All Night, grant for site-specific installation in the historic Carnegie Library awarded by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities          

Work Experience

Arts and Humanities Coordinator, City of Takoma Park, 2017-present, curate, promote, and stage wide range of arts and culture events, including art exhibitions, concerts, theater, film screenings, poetry readings, etc.

Videoconference Presenter, Artful Connections program, Smithsonian American Art Museum, teach live interactive videoconferences on art topics to schoolchildren and seniors across the United States through distance learning program     

Art Critic, research and write art reviews, artist profiles, and features for several publications, including Hyperallergic, Bmoreart, Smithsonian Insider, and the Washington Diplomat 

Art Instructor, Project Create, volunteered to help teach art for elementary, middle, and high-school students from underserved areas of D.C. in school and at public housing complexes

Art Instructor, Lee Montessori Elementary School, organized and taught after-school mixed-media art club     

Affiliations

Washington Sculptors Group, member since 2016                

Washington Project for the Arts, member since 2012 

D.C. Arts Center, member since 2007

Media Coverage

Washington Post and Washington Post Express, previews of Selfie exhibition at Flashpoint Gallery

On Tap magazine, review of Selfie exhibition

Washington Post, review of Power exhibition at D.C. Arts Center

Washington Post, review of Dis/Satisfaction exhibition at D.C. Arts Center

Washington Post Express, preview of Laser Cat performance art installation at The Yards Park   

Washington Post, review of Wall Mountables exhibition at D.C. Arts Center

Washington City Paper, artwork featured in Found Art section

Santa Fe New Mexican, preview of solo exhibition at Back Street Bistro